This blog used to be views on various things. But in all these years, I find it going a whole new direction.
Something which I have loved all the time. It's BOOKS!! So, presenting a whole new saga, of books and a little about them, whatever I can find, write, visualise and imagine...
the second part of Gayathri Ponvannan's Interview, with regard to 'Time Racers'.
In this, she tells us, how she relates the lives of her characters to lives
today, the most challenging part of the book, the next book she has planned and
also who her favourite authors are, and much more, Folks...
How would you relate the lives of characters to the lives
today? Any similarities?
Pratik is the quintessential underdog. He’s got a lot of relatable
characteristics – ‘the parents are boring’ idea, the defiance against rules,
even the ‘softie’ heart under all that nonchalant demeanor. The character from
the past, Simha, is also similar to a typical teen, in spite of the widely
disparate socio-cultural contexts.
Rebellion, awkwardness, emotional confusion, the
‘I-don’t-care’ attitude…these are aspects that don’t quite change over
What was the most challenging part about writing the book?
Most certainly the time travel part. There was a lot
of research involved in getting the technicalities right.
I suppose my editors at Penguin, Niyati Dhuldhoya and Nimmy
Chacko, found the book’s development rather challenging too – my language and
style is rather irreverent, and they had a good deal of pruning to do before the book could be
What book is coming from your desk, next? When do you see
The next book is also pre-teen fiction, but with a
female protagonist. I suppose it might be released once I’ve sorted out all the
ideas I’ve spewed onto my computer, and found a publisher for them – possibly
the next year or so.
I’m doing a Masters in Creative Writing just now,
and I’m putting so much into this course that I feel compelled to incorporate
all that I’ve learnt into my current manuscript. Which is all very well and
good, but it does tend to slow down my headlong approach to writing!
Sadly have I begun this
book, a little too late in life. But it is in my hands, nonetheless. And I began this
book, and had wrapped it up, a little too soon, I felt! I am guessing that I missed
about three other novels, on this great butterfingers, but I had begun
somewhere, at least. So, I began Khyrunnisa A’s ‘The Misadventures of Butterfingers’.
So, we take on, Amar
Kishen’s adventures about the ghosts at Green Park School. Amar, who is an energetic
and clumsy 13 year old boy, is nicknamed Butterfingers, by everyone who knows
him. He gets into at least one misadventure at a time. And so, he gets in with
the ghosts, and not just any ghosts, but Shakespearean ones too. Amar and his
friends are roped in to write a play, and they do so, using a mix of Shakespeare’s
masterpieces. How do they find the ghosts how would they defeat them?
Then, Amar finds out
more about his painting skills, which he thought he never possessed, and then
we move onto his history paper and his umbrella. We also move on to his father,
as he misses his flight, and on to the doctor that ol’ Butterfingers plays. It was
over before I could say Butterfingers. Just as we know enough about Amar, we
must know enough of his mom and dad, his principal Mr Jagmohan and his teachers,
who never do get him right, and his best friends.
We also find out about
he has a screw up with the voice recorder, which he finds in school, and also
the exchange student Pranav who must face a misadventure which was only
possible at the Green Park School and ending with the second, Amar!
After all, we are dealing
with the seventh fastest boy in all of the Green Park School, which had only
one girl in its all - boys’ establishment. How and why is something you must
find out, when you read this book.
The best thing about
this book is the brilliant author, who comes up with these amazing stories. Her
tone and language seem just right, for the book. She starts off so well, that
if you aren’t laughing your ‘beans’ off, then I would be not be reviewing, this
oh so funny book.