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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Author Interview : Anand Neelakantan, author of ‘Rise of Kali : Duryodhana's Mahabharata' (Part 2)
How he thinks characters are more important, and a little about his favourite authors and future books and also about the TV show, Folks...
What was the most challenging part about writing both parts, now that
they are done?
analyzing Gita was the toughest part. I have been learning
Gita from the age of
5. It is a part of my belief system. But when I write Mahabharata from
Duryodhana’s side, I have to critically see Gita and it is very tough task.
Subconsciously, I kept answering my own questions, just as I have been answering
the doubts of many of my friends who care to ask me doubts on the Gita for so many
I overcame it by writing down arguments from either side without pausing
to think too much. The result was
surprising, as I found that the stock replies that many Gita scholars or even a
layman like me who attempts to answer the doubts on Gita give are really not
that logical and there are many questions that remain unanswered.
I have put
them across in the book. Gita is dealt in three parts, 1 - as conversation
between Suyodhana and Krishna,2 - between
Balarama and Krishna and 3 - between Arjuna and Krishna, each attempting to
answer the questions raised in the previous chapters.
If the reader ends up
with more questions than answers at the end of the book, I will consider my
attempt a success.
How much of your
thoughts and feelings are included in your books?
My writing is thinking aloud and
making the readers to feel for my characters, along with me.
Authors have different ways of telling their story, with elements that
are most important. Between your storyline and your characters, which takes
I do not plot for novels, but let the characters decide the course. I write in
a flow, often allowing the characters to possess me while I write.
As far as TV writing is concerned, detailed
plotting is required. I am writing Sita’s Ramayan for Star TV now.