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The Princess of a Whorehouse by Mayank Sharma - New Indian Writing in English

Today, mariawriter joins the blog tour of Indian author Mayank Sharma's new novel The Princess of a Whorehouse. This powerful novel has a beautiful cover, as well as a title which will surely raise more than a few eyebrows and hopefully lots of curiosity. Let's take a closer look.....






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Meet author Mayank Sharma

Mayank Sharma is a computer engineering graduate with a post-graduate degree in business management. He works with a leading technology multinational company in Delhi. He has authored a number of articles and whitepapers on software technology and processes. In April 2014, an article of his was featured in Better Software magazine, published in Florida, USA. Writing become a passion of his when he observed how it can trigger the forces of change. He is gradually transforming from a “left-brained” writer to a “right-brained” writer. Besides writing, he has enjoyed sketching, painting, and making sculptures since childhood.

India is the fifth-largest economy in the world with the Gross Domestic Product growth at 7.1 percent. Contrarily, India ranks 118 out of 157 countries in the happiness index. The fact directed Mayank’s attention towards social problems of various types. Having travelled across continents and associated with people of diverse beliefs and values, he has become more curious about the social riddles curtailing liberties across societies. He penned his debut novel, The Princess of a Whorehouse, when he came across some real life incidents which touched his soul.


I asked author Mayank Sharma to share what inspired him to write this story. Here is his reply.....

For several days, I pondered the question that my thirteen-year-old daughter asked me about liberty and freedom to make life choices. It was the Midsummer festival season in northern Finland, when my wife and kids accompanied me for a leisure trip during my routine business visit to my office in Jyväskylä.During the summer months, the sun remains visible for the entire night, especially around the areas near to Arctic Circle. It was an amazing natural phenomena for my kids to watch as they visited that place for the first time.

It is a tradition for Finnish people to enjoy bonfires and bathe in saunas during the Midsummer celebrations. In a white night, my daughter and I strolled around a gorgeous lake, where children, women, and couples enjoyed the festivity.On our way back after midnight, we saw a few young girls, who were chirpily riding bicycles on cycling tracks.It was about one o’ clock, when we slowly walked on the pedestrian lane as the sun began to rise soon after it, somewhat hid behind the horizon for a few minutes. My daughter looked at my face innocently and murmured that perhaps these girls were not afraid to wander alone without restraint as there was no darkness at night.She wondered if this was the reason why a country like Finland was ranked fifth in the happiness index, whilst India, the fifth largest economy, was 118th in the rank. Her observation caught me by surprise. For quite some time, I was baffled by cross-cultural riddles. I did not want my daughter to get a deceptive notion that girls should grow up as men’s shadows in our society. It took me a while to explain her the fact that it is not the darkness of night, but it is the darkness of mind that steals girls’ fundamental rights in our society back home.

One’s heart sinks on hearing the heinous incidents of crimes against women occurring across our nation, almost every day and every hour. The wrongdoing of blaming women when they become victims of grim circumstances exists primarily due to gender inequality.From the total population of more than one billion, the millions of naïve women and girls, like the protagonists in my story, are agonized due to a million-year-old social inequality that still persists in today’s capitalistic world.


In June 2016, I started penning down this novella, based on a coming-of-age genre, as soon as I boarded the Finnair flight on my way from Helsinki to New Delhi.



And now, the book!


Aparajita is a tenacious go-getter. Her name means unconquerable in Sanskrit, and she lives up to its meaning. 

Just like any other ambitious girl, she desires to fulfil her dreams and become an independent individual. Far and wide, the shadow of her melancholy past chases her passage. The fact that her widowed mother is a former sex worker irks the community. Nonetheless, she is not ashamed to reveal her mother's past. 

Will she lose hope, or will she defy an enigma that is centuries-old? Will she ever conquer the hearts of a prestige-obsessed community? 

See the world through Aparajita's prism in a tale stirred by some real 


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  1. Thanks for publishing my experience and thoughts, Maria.

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    1. Mayank, it was a pleasure to welcome you to my blog. Thank you for coming to share the information about your book.

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  2. Thanks for sharing. It is an interesting book and a different take on the story, no doubt.

    Maria, could you make the sharing buttons more prominent and add your twitter handle to it? Thanks.

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    1. Inderpreet, I've just gone dot.com and are facing technical issues these days. And I'm working on it.

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  3. What an interesting interview. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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