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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Author Interview : PC Balasubramanian, author of ‘A Drizzle in the Desert' (Part 2)

Read up, the concluding part of the Interview with PC Balasubramanian, author of 'A Drizzle in the Desert'. Questions such as, how he relates the book and its main characters and their lives to our day to day lives, the next book he has planned, and also the books, he is currently reading are all answered here, Folks...

How would you relate the book and its main characters to our day to day lives?

Not just me, each one of us would relate to it, each one of us became judgemental in our lives without knowing what’s happening in others’ lives.

PC Balasubramanian
The several missed opportunities, where a little help and time from us, when we could have helped someone, a lot. How comfortably we forget the help, that we had obtained, with no strings attached. The way we carry some guilt pangs and what we do or fail to do while we carry such pangs etc...

What is the next book that you have planned? 

Not yet and not sure, it should happen, and I can’t force myself into the next book, it has to happen, a subject should impact me and hence force me to do it. 

I shall wait until then. It could be a fiction or may be a non-fiction.
Dr Brian Weiss

Which books are you currently reading?

I am currently reading two books, ‘Many Lives, Many Masters’ by Dr Brian Weiss (this was gifted to me, by a friend) and ‘After the Storm’, a fiction by Lakshmy Ramanathan.

You can Read the Review, the First Part of the Interview, here and Buy the Book, here as well.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Author Interview : PC Balasubramanian, author of ‘A Drizzle in the Desert' (Part 1)

PC Balasubramanian
Read up, part one of the Interview with PC Balasubramanian, author of ‘A Drizzle in the Desert' (Part 1). Here, he answers questions about how the book first came about, and how he feels the lives of the characters are related to our day to day lives. 
The author also tells us, what the most challenging and the most fulfilling parts of the book were. There is more coming up, in the second half, Folks...

How did ‘A Drizzle in the Dessert’ happen? Could you describe the journey?

My earlier fiction, ‘Ready.. Steady.. Exit’ was released in 2015 and it took three years for me to release my next one. I took one year to write this book, considering the heavy subject that I had to convey in a light manner. Plus, thanks to the constraints on time to write the book. 

‘Relationships’ always fascinated me. How we deal with and relate to people, their selfish behaviours, positive and negative vibes, conditional and unconditional love, complacence when it comes to predetermined relationships, happy people and cribbers, people who walk that extra mile to sprinkle happiness around them despite their own distress and complex situations… these fascinate me. 

I observe many of these, on a day to day basis and many of my observations get stored in my heart, some are good for the heart while some cause pain. I discuss what brings happiness, because people around you more often love to listen to happy incidents and episodes.

This book is a way to express happiness, how we can spread happiness, how we can bring joy in others’ lives through simple acts, how we need not be cribbers all the time, how we can elevate our thoughts and actions. This book is purely on ‘relationships’.

What according to you is different about your book?

This is an emotional drama and the big difference in this book is that there are no villains in this book, no bad characters, in a way this book is about normal, good people and the situations and incidents they experience, influence them.

It is not easy to write a fiction where all are reasonably good people and out of them a very few are elevated souls. That’s the difference and this book is for all ages.

How would you relate the lives of characters to the lives of today? Any similarities?

There are a few similarities, in terms of the characters and nature of people but not the incidents. That’s how you add a lot of fictional elements and give life to these characters and try to make it an interesting and engrossing read, I just tried that.

After reading the book, most readers may identify with some characters or parts of them. This could happen, especially with people they interact with on a very regular basis.

What were the most challenging and the most fulfilling parts about writing ‘A Drizzle in the Dessert’?

After sketching the overall plot and the subtle message, the challenge was having the right fillers. The ones that go with the plot, and at the same time; the ones that do not drag and disturb the readers’ attention and curiosity.

The other challenge is convincing my publishers, the main reason is that I keep hopping between fiction and non-fiction and the genre also is not the same. Perhaps, I confuse the publisher and at times some subjects are not in their ‘lists’ and hence it becomes difficult.

The most fulfilling part is when you are able to complete a task and get the book published. And when you get the first two or three comments as positive feedback, you know you haven’t done a bad job.

What is fulfilling is that a majority of the readers, are enjoying reading it, and are relating to the subject and the characters in their own fashion. In this case, many are calling me and talking to me and this is extremely fulfilling and gratifying. 

You can Read the Review and Buy the Book, here as well.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Author Interview : Manini J Anandani, author of 'Mandodari : Queen of Lanka' (Part 2)

Manini J Anandani
Read up, the concluding part of the Interview with Manini J Anandani, author of 'Mandodari : Queen of Lanka' (Part 2). Questions such as, challenges that she had to face while writing this particular book and the most fulfilling part of this book were answered.

What she is planning on writing next, any authors she takes inspiration from, who her favourite authors, and the books, she is reading currently, are questions she answers, Folks...

Any challenges you had to face, while writing this particular book?

Ramayana is not just a story, it is our ‘Itihasa’; it is sacred. Most of us have already made up our minds about the story of Ramayana and we are always given an exemplary view of the plot when our elders narrate it to us.

So, what was challenging for me was that I had to narrate the antagonistic or losing side of the plot and at the same time maintain the status quo of the epic.

What is the most fulfilling part of writing this book?

When I write, I feel it enables me to articulate many feelings and notions into a character. While writing Mandodari, I felt I could pour it all down into her characterization.

It is fictional, but the most fulfilling part is that it gives me a sense of liberation. And probably that’s why I added an ‘Afterword by Mandodari’ section towards the end of the book that reads like an emancipated monologue.

What are you planning on writing next? When would you see that released?

I am working on yet another hero’s story from mythology, which I shall announce soon. I have just started working on it and will take at least a year to finish it.

Is there an author you take inspiration from?

JK Rowling
I am able to figure some exclusive take - away for myself in each book that I read. So, I would say each author has inspired me.

However, if I have to name a particular author, then that will be JK Rowling – I think she is a genius and I can just wish that I am able to create something as marvelous as Harry Potter.

Who are your favourite authors and why?

In the genre that I write, my favourite authors are: 

Anand Neelakantan
Ramesh Menon - Because his narratives are magnificent and modest at the same time. He takes no sides and hence his books are self-effacing, simply brilliant. 

Anand Neelakantan – I feel he is the master of counter-telling, his characters and plots are so detailed, speculative and well researched.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Devdutt Pattanaik – He has explored so much in mythology and has contributed so much towards this genre. His book ‘The Pregnant King’ is one of my favourites.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – I think she has created a masterpiece with ‘The Palace of Illusions.’

Which books are you reading, currently?

I am reading two currently – Hindu Mythology’ by WJ Wilkins and ‘The Tao of Physics’ by Fritjof Capra.

What do you do on a day to day basis, besides writing stories?

Besides writing, I am a hands-on mother of a three year old - super-active daughter and at the same time, I am also a student of Comparative Mythology.

I am an avid reader, also shopaholic (but much sober these days).

You can Read the Review here, the  First part of the Interview here, and Buy the Book right here, as well.