Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Author Interview : Malay Upadhyay, author of ‘Kalki Evian : The Ring of Khaoriphea' (Part 1)
In this part, he tells us how the book came about, the kind of research which, went into the making of this book, the similarities between the main characters and the lives today, whether his characters or the storyline took precedence, what the most challenging part of writing this book was, and a lot more in the second part, Folks...
How would you relate the lives of Qin or Kanha Evian or Friuli or Fridgeon to the lives today? Any similarities?
All lives are exceedingly similar to ones we see around today. Qin is the determined prodigy who has learnt to ‘control the drama’. Kanha Evian, before he becomes Qin, is aggressive and almost rebellious in questioning the foundations of what he sees around. Of course, it is towards the end of Book 1 that we find out who Qin and Kanha Evian really are.
Friuli, meanwhile, is a been-there-done-that woman who has matured beyond the traps of cluelessness and fickle needs. Fridgeon is gullible, shifting from naive innocence to brutal revenge without much thought to the larger picture.
There are others too, of course, including probably the two most important characters of the story. But for now, they remain in the backdrop.
Every story written with genuine intent and heart is unique, for they are inspired from life experiences and perceptions. And each of us differs on those two points.
Between your storyline and your characters, which takes precedence?
Difficult to say. The storyline takes precedence in the main novel, of course. But it is the characters that truly shape the plot, since the story and writing revolves heavily around the psyche and experiences of each character.
That is why they take precedence in all the short stories I have written, and one gets to know more about them, their past and their mentality.
What was the most challenging part of writing this book?
Explaining the Fish Model of growing and sharing a renewable form of money, without making things too academic.
It was vital to explain why society would change the way it could but equally important to ensure the story retains its flow. To balance this was both challenging and fun.
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