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Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Author Interview: Itisha Peerbhoy, author of 'Half Love Half Arranged'
Itisha Peerbhoy’s interview was so much like the book itself. Satirical,
funny, bold and unconventional. I am not worried about how next book would be like,
if this was any example.
So, let’s read on folks, because this one sure says it all in such few
How did ‘Half Love Half Arranged’ happen? Could you describe the
‘Half Love Half Arranged’ started as a bet between my then boss and me
about who wrote the better love stories - men or women?
He never wrote his story, but
mine turned in to a book that was as much satire as it was romance.
How did the story, especially Rhea’s come about? Did you have a lot of
personal experiences to go with it?
I always write about the unconventional people. Never the mainstream. My heroine had to be from my family of quirky, unlucky
people who feel they don’t have choices. Or people who are tired of struggling.
Once I had a thirty year old woman, it occurred to me that she would rarely be
able to survive without being harangues about marriage every single day!
As for the personal experiences, many of the crazy things her friends
and relatives say come from my own dysfunctional yet utterly irreplaceable relationships.
seems to be a universal topic. How did you come up with the core idea and
‘Half Love Half
Arranged’ is about a woman at the crux of a crisis. Since
the obvious one was that she was ‘almost passed expiry date,’ the book just
traces her reaction to the situation she is in, the emotional repercussions and
how the constant pressure changes her priorities completely.
What according to you is different about your book?
My book is different because it’s about the serious as much as it is
about the funny. It is satire, bringing issues in
to the open under the guide of humour.
I am not flippant, yet deeply observant of the
crises people go through today and I bring them to the forefront, encouraging
people to examine them even as they laugh.
How would you
relate the lives of characters to the lives today? Any similarities?
For every woman who is living life on her terms, making her own choices
and being celebrated for doing so, there are five who are still being bent to
suit society’s whims.
So yes, whether it’s done comically or by people
taking to the streets with candles, women are not free and we have many cages
to break before we are.
What was the most challenging part about writing ‘Half Love Half
What was not challenging! I’m still reeling!
Who was it
that told you that you could become the author, you are today?
My father’s always had
the sneaking suspicion that I would amount to more than the layabout I’ve
always strived to be!
What book is
coming from your desk, next? When do you see it released?
working on another book which is putting me through the same highly traumatic
feelings of self-doubt, self-hatred, emotional eating and the constant desire
to cry that ‘Half Love Half Arranged’ did.
And just like the first
one, I have no predictions for it, except the fervent hope that I will