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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Author Interview: Sarita Varma, author of 'Girl from Fatehpur'
Sarita Varma's book, 'Girl from Fatehpur' was a good book. I thought there were times when it reminded me of life, a simpler life, with all its accentuations. Little towns, empty roads, families, friendships and romances. Each one of these reminds could remind one of the past, and perhaps touch us, in its own way.
In this Interview, Sarita Varma explains to us how she came about with the idea and how she used'believable situations and characters' to achieve what she needed to. So, let's read on...
How did ‘Girl from Fatehpur’ happen? Could you
describe the journey?
It was a journey fraught with misgivings! Like most
budding writers, I too, dreamt about one day becoming an author but was
convinced that nobody would want to read anything I had written.
If it hadn’t been for the necessary push I got from
family and friends and the very warm encouragement I received from my
publisher, Naheed Hassan, I doubt whether ‘Girl from Fatehpur’ would have been
anything more than a dream!
How did the story, especially Sanjana and Rajan’s
The migration of people especially from the small
towns of India to big metros has always fascinated me. The acquired surface
gloss usually covers strong values… cultural baggage, if you will.
Naturally, there are exceptions to this but I feel
Sanjana continues to be essentially a small town girl despite her high flying
job in Mumbai. Even Rajan, the NRI, though overtly changed also finally falls
back on tradition.
Did you have a lot of personal experiences to go
with the book? What exactly was it that inspired you to write this book?
I think our personal experiences do influence a lot
of our writing but in an indirect manner. I have not consciously tried to write
about real people or actual situations but certain mannerisms or style of
talking of some acquaintances may have seeped in. Inevitable!
I wanted to write a light-hearted entertaining story
about believable situations and characters.
What according to you is different about your book?
I hope the
authenticity of the characters and events impresses the readers. I have tried
to be realistic in my descriptions about the background of the story whether in
Mumbai, Kanpur or Fatehpur.
the 'Kumbh Mela' in Allahabad was a special delight as I have fond memories of
being an awed spectator of the Mela in my childhood.
How would you
relate the lives of characters to the lives today? Any similarities?
the changes in the lives of characters would be essentially superficial and
mainly due to changes in technology. The novella is set roughly in today’s
What was the most challenging part about writing
The need to create tension and drama between the
principal characters was a big challenge.
Who was it
that told you that you could become the author, you are today?
My friend Anjana Appachana, herself an established author was always convinced that I too could
write. I owe a lot to her unfailing belief in my writing capabilities.
They are all outstanding
writers with impeccable command over the language. I love the sense of humour
in Heyer, Wodehouse, Durrell and Herriot, the historical atmosphere of Heyer
and Peters and the sheer creativity of Asimov.
What else do
you do on a daily basis?
I have been involved
with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India for nearly two decades in various
capacities. As a busy homemaker, I’m always on the job!
What advice do you have for
the young writers of today?
about what you feel passionately about.
re-check your work repeatedly, like a blade being honed and sharpened.