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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Author Interview : Anuja Chandramouli, author of ‘Shakti : The Divine Feminine' (Part 2)
Read up, the Interview with Anuja Chandramouli (Part 2). In this section, she talks of how she relates the book's charcters to lives today, the most fulfilling
parts in the book, the characters she felt most close to, her next book, and
also her favourite authors, and a lot more, Folks...
How would you
relate the book and its characters, to lives today?
I think men and women
will be able to relate to the book. Struggle is a part of all of our lives and
we all wrestle with the challenges life throws our way.
After every remarkable
win or spectacular failure, we gear up for the next round. And on and on it
goes. To paraphrase, Mufasa; this is the circle of life, the game of Maya, that
we all play till it is time to stop. Or restart.
Which is your
favourite character besides Shakti? Why?
I really liked Mahisha,
the buffalo demon. If there is one thing, I seriously adore, it is a good
villain and he was really awesome. What surprised me was that multi - layered
psyche of his and the goodness that was safe deep within him even at the height
of his psychotic rage.
What are the most fulfilling parts in your book?
I loved Durga and Mahisha’s portions. Kali’s
character shaped up very well, as well. Finally, Shakti’s relationships with
Vishnu and Shiva are very beautiful.
What are your
expectations from this book, considering ‘Arjuna’
and ‘Kamadeva’ did so well?
I am so proud of my ‘Shakti : The Divine Feminine’.
What I have gained from it is special and the response from readers has been
truly overwhelming. Honestly, I can ask for nothing more.
You have managed
to make most of the gods and goddesses not look so, divine. How do you differentiate them from the usual understanding of these
characters that we get to read about?
I studied in a Catholic
school and the Creation story says that man was made in the image of God.
Perhaps that stuck with me, and while writing, I figured that it works the
other way around as well and the divinity is actually more human than most
As to how they may be
differentiated from a usual understanding of these characters, I think the
irreverence employed by yours truly, coupled with genuine affection makes it
easier to get to know them on truly intimate terms.
What book is
coming from you next?
Hopefully, a rip – roaring
fantasy that will be impossible to put down!
Did you think
that they would become as successful as they have become today?
I think there is a long
way for me to go in order to claim to be a truly successful individual. Work is
still in progress and the plan is to get there sooner rather than later.
I have many favourites
– Agatha Christie and Jane Austen are perennially delightful. Jeffrey Archer is
one hell of a storyteller and I find myself reading his books over and over
again simply because his stories are so exquisitely crafted.