Nilotpal Mrinal is an Indian author, poet, socio-political activist and social media influencer, best known for his Hindi-language novels Dark Horse (2015), Aughad (2019), and Yaar Magician (2021). His tendency to fight on political and social issues is clearly visible in his writings.
Nilotpal Mrinal was born on Tuesday, 25 December 1984.age 37 years; by 2021) in Dumka district, Jharkhand. He attended high school in Nonihat, Jharkhand. His zodiac sign is Capricorn.
He graduated in Arts in 2005 from St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi. During his college days, he actively participated in various student movements. After completing his formal education in Jharkhand, he moved to Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi in 2008 to prepare for the Civil Services Examination. Over the next eight years, he repeatedly appeared for the exam, but did not succeed. In an interview, he revealed that he could have secured a well-paying corporate at that time, but he wanted to serve the society. So, when he did not appear in the UPSC exam, he decided to address social issues through his writings.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
Nilotpal Mrinal is a Bihari and his family is from Sangrampur, Munger, Bihar. There is not much information available about his parents and siblings.
Nilotpal Mrinal ventured into writing after exhausting his attempts to appear in the UPSC exam. He gained immense popularity for his debut novel Dark Horse: Ek Unthai Dastaan (2015), which, like Nilotpal Mrinal, follows the life of an aspirant preparing for the civil services examination, the country’s highest respected examination. Set in the backdrop of Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi, the novel depicts the struggles of candidates who move out of their villages and deal with urban life.
In 2019, he wrote the novel ‘Aughad’, which focuses on the complexities of Indian rural life and its socio-political structure. The novel discusses topics such as religious hypocrisy, caste, untouchability, condition of rural women, politics, crime and middle class consciousness through rhetoric such as wearing glasses is a symbol of being a student, a motorcycle is more important than a toilet, a poor home K’s only boy should be given special treatment, etc.
Both his novels Dark Horse and Aughar remained at number 1 in Dainik Jagran best seller list. In 2019, he wrote and voiced the audiobook ‘Jakh Baba’ for the Storytel app. The novel introduces the readers to life in the comfort of Indian villages and talks about the small desires of the villagers.
He wrote and voiced the audiobook Darling Democracy (2020) for the Audible app. The novel is centered around panchayat elections in a village named Bilaiya, where reservations for tribals are announced in the seat. As the story unfolds, Rang Bahadur Singh, the former sarpanch of the village, as well as a few other aspiring candidates try to marry a tribal girl to contest the election.
In 2021, he wrote the novel ‘Yaar Magician’, which talks about the inevitability of death while focusing on the meaning of life. Later, his novels were turned into audiobooks, which he voiced himself, and featured on various apps. He has also received Bihar Gaurav Samman. Apart from writing novels, Nilotpal has equal interest in folk singing and poetry. In the various poems written by him, the world was like this, now it seems that the country is deserted, and we will write history tomorrow. In 2017, after campaigning for the removal of a derogatory picture against Biharis, she lent her voice to the song ‘Ya Main Bihari Hoon’, which was released on the YouTube channel Global Gumti, which went viral. As a folk singer, she has given voice to the songs Chal Sadho Koi Desh (2019) and Jagmag Kare Ae Sansar (2020).
He runs a self-titled YouTube channel on which he uploads his songs and poems. The YouTuber has over 92.6k followers on his channel.
Campaign launched to remove objectionable picture
In 2017, a website named ‘Lallantop’ uploaded a picture in which it made fun of Biharis and Biharis. The photo hurt the sentiments of the ethnographic group following which the website heavily criticized Biharis across India, including Nilotpal Mrinal. As a result, Mrinal started a campaign against the website demanding the removal of the picture from the website. He dragged the matter to the court and was successful in removing the picture.
copyright infringement allegations
In 2021, Nilotpal Mrinal leveled allegations against streaming platform The Viral Fever-TVF, claiming that its coming-of-age web series ‘Aspirants’ was based on his 2015 book ‘Dark Horse’. In a long post on Facebook, Mrinal shared a picture of Arunabh Kumar, director of Indian web series and founder of The Viral Fever, which read,
Anurabh’s picture and meeting details with him to prove that he knew me as the author of Dark Horse and also about my interest to make a film based on the book. ,
In the post, Mrinal also said that he will initiate legal action against TVF for copying around 30% of the story from his book and not giving him credit for the same. In response to Mrinal’s allegations, TVF issued an official statement which read,
TVF is a producer-centric organization that has been nurturing writers since its inception and takes their rights very seriously. A social media post alleged that our show “Aspirants” is inspired by another literary work. The company has received a notice in this regard and we will fully cooperate in the investigation of the matter.
Denial of entry to a restaurant
In 2019, Mrunal was denied entry into a restaurant called Q’BA in Connaught Place because of a gamchha (dupatta) that she wore over her shoulder. Gamcha is generally worn by the working class; Therefore, it is not considered an appropriate piece of clothing for a fine dining restaurant.
I was returning after attending the Purvanchal Mahotsav program organized by the Delhi government. I was just entering the Q’BA restaurant when the manager smiled and said I can’t come in with this (gamcha). It looks bad. The atmosphere here is not like that.”
After arguing with the manager for a long time, Mrinal forcibly entered the restaurant and saw the menu. The menu had a dish called ‘Lahriya Samosa’, a dish named Bhojpuri which became a matter of debate. Talking about the same he said in an interview,
I told the waiter that your manager is not letting me in because of my gamchha and you use Bhojpuri words in the menu. Why don’t you even find an English word for it.”
In return for the insult, he shared the incident via a Facebook post. The post hurt the sentiments of Biharis as they saw it as an insult to their identity and traditional dress. After this, many people started posting pictures with Gamcha, a day after the incident, Aam Aadmi Party leader Dilip Pandey also went to the same restaurant wearing Gamcha. Big Boss Celebrity and Singer Deepak Thakur He also shared pictures wearing a gamchha to show his support to the people of Bihar. Eventually the manager not only apologized for his mistake, but the restaurant made its staff wear a scarf.
Accused of sexually abusing a woman for ten years
In 2022, a woman claimed through a Facebook post that Nilotpal Mrinal tortured her physically and mentally on the pretext of marriage. After this, Delhi Police had registered an FIR in Timarpur police station area. Reportedly, the victim is a 32-year-old woman from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, who is preparing for the UPSC exam in North Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar. In her complaint, she said that she had met the author in 2013.
Facts / Trivia
- To Nilotpal Mrinal’s surprise, once a question about his book Dark Horse: An Untold Story (2015) was asked in the Civil Services Examination he was attempting. In an interview, talking about the irony of this incident, he said that seeing his own name on the exam question paper, he was trying so hard to pass, it was his biggest achievement.
- He grew up listening to his father’s stories.
- He received the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2016 for his novel Dark Horse: Ek Ankahi Dastaan (2015). Apart from this, he is also the recipient of Bihar Gaurav Samman.
- Apart from writing, he was also fond of poetry since his matriculation days. He used to get up at 4 in the morning to write poetry during his school days. While preparing for UPSC exams, he used to sing qawwalis and verses of various Hindi poets like Suryakant Tripathi (commonly known as Nirala) in gatherings, i.e. socializing with his friends. Although Dark Horse: An Untold Tale gained popularity among readers, it was not much of a financial success for them. That’s when he stepped on the stage and started presenting his poetry as it was financially sound and paved the way for him to connect directly with the people.
- He wrote his first novel in just nine days. Subsequently, he participated in the New Delhi World Book Fair (2014), where his book was rejected by about 28 publishers. Later, through his Facebook post, Mrinal was contacted by Shailesh Bharatwasi, who was struggling to become a publisher at the time. After receiving the ISBN, Mrinal’s novel was published by Bharatwasi Ke Hind Yug Prakashan.
- An average student, Mrinal obtained 30 marks in Hindi in his matriculation examination, the exact marks he needed to pass the examination. Surprisingly, the author won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2016 for his Hindi-language novel.
- ‘Jai Ho’ is his phrase.