Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy by Pawan Mishra

Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy by Pawan Mishra

Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy by Pawan Mishra

Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy is a humorous account of a man with a quirk--and the extraordinary measures his colleagues take to combat it!

Set in a small town in northern India, this story follows Coinman, his peculiar habit, and the incredible animosity it provokes in everyone around him. He just wants to do his clerk's job with colleagues who'll treat him fairly. He just wants a wife who'll treat him like a husband. He just wants a happy home life. Instead, what does he get?

His colleagues are planning his complete destruction.
His wife is an obsessed actress more than a little "off plumb."
And there are enough shadows and secrets in his home for two lifetimes.

Can Coinman ever get what he wants? Or will that cost him his sanity?


Guest Post from Pawan Mishra

India and the US have very different cultures, social structure, and issues that a common man undergoes--and living though the diversity has definitely influenced my thingking and my writing.

I spent my first twenty years living in very small towns in India. While fulfilment of basic needs is a wide challenge for a large population in the small cities in India, the beareucracy in the admistrative offices makes it tougher for the ordinary working class to make the ends meet. The perennial struggle very often causes very raw human reactions and behaviors to surface, manifesting a spectrum of human psyche not typically found in an affluent society. Spritual connection of the culture, as well as collectivism, work well as people work through their struggles; providing mental strength to endure hardship and allowing courage to laugh on their own myseries. My experience in the narrow alleys of small cities in India has resulted in a very rich world inside me, filled with vivid colors, that comes as almost surreal to the outside world.   

The influence of living in the US culture came primarily from individualistic culture: of one being oriented around oneself instead of identifying with a collective mentality, in typical social interactions, caused me to probe more in the areas which I would otherwise have left unexplained for the high context nature of the Indian culture where a lot of responsibility would have remained on the shoulders of the readers to interpret "the obvious". As a result, my writings have become more low-context: more precise and more eloquent. 

In combination, the writing has become more challenging. Explaining aspects of happenings that are surreal in more precise manner, without leaving a lot for a reader's interpretation--for a global reader has not seen much of the setting that is being talked about!

Praise for Coinman

COINMAN, a thoroughly modern Indian folktale, presents a humorous portrait of a nonconformist who triumphs without trying.

Quotes from Coinman


Sample Chapter


About Pawan Mishra:

Pawan Mishra is a leader in the technology and finance industries. He completed his education, including postgraduate work, at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), India, in 1999. He discovered his passion for storytelling, reading, and creative writing during his early childhood. Originally from Aligarh, India, Pawan now lives in Morrisville, North Carolina, with his wife Ritu and two daughters, Mitali and Myra. To learn more about Pawan and his writing, visit: www.pawanmishra.com.

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