Featured as a Young Achiever

Education World - The Human Development Magazine featured me as their Young Achiever. I just received the print magazine yesterday.

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Here's a reproduction of their article:

"Jaipur-based Mohit Parikh’s debut young adult novel Manan was published by Harper Collins in October 2014. Manan is set in the summer of 1998 in an anonymous sleepy Indian town slowly awakening to new information and communications technology (ICT), and revolves around the eponymous 15-year-old and his difficult adolescence, the tyranny of family relationships, authoritarian figures and peer pressure.

The elder of two children of Ajay Parikh, an LIC officer, and his wife Varsha, who runs a tutorial centre, Mohit is an alumnus of the pink city’s top-ranked Maheshwari Public School and the Malaviya National Institute of Technology. “My parents introduced me to the world of books in my early years. I have grown up reading children’s mags Champak and Gokulam, and was inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels. My childhood was the most special and wonderful period of my life as it was full of joy and abandon,” recalls Mohit, an electronics and communications engineer who worked with power company NTPC Ltd (2008-10) and Sterling Hoffman, a Canadian management consultancy (2010-2011) before taking to full-time writing in 2012. “My corporate career with all its comforts never made creative sense to me and therefore I decided to give it up,” he says.

An avid reader of psychological and realistic fiction, Mohit has written over 20 short stories, seven of which have been featured in as many print and online publications in India and the US. Conterminously with the release of Manan, his short story Room 203 was published in Burrow Press Review, an Oregon (America)-based literary magazine. Back home, Amy and the Question of Before was featured in The Bombay Literary Magazine in its new fiction segment (July 2013).

This year has also begun on a promising note for Mohit. In January, his short story A Stroller in a Supermarket bested 125 entries to bag a cash award (Rs.30,000) of the Bangalore-based NGO Toto Funds the Arts.

The 29-year-old who occasionally plays cricket, engages in debates and dabbles in documentary film-making, is a man in a hurry. “I am in the process of finalising the plot of my second novel titled The House of Sleeping Pain which is about a 22-year-old boy who is planning to leave his family and join an ashram. I expect to finish it in two years,” says Mohit.

Power to your pen, Bro!"

I am delighted and thankful to them. Mostly because they considered me 'young' enough :) Also because more than me such things matter for my family.

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