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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Author Interview : Aditya Iyengar, author of ‘A Broken Sun' (Part 2)

Read up, Interview with Aditya Iyengar, author of 'A Broken Sun' (Part 2). Here, he tells us one book that he was inspired by, while writing this book, what he is planning on writing next, who his favourite authors and which books he is currently, reading and a lot more, Folks...

I am sure; you have probably taken inspiration from a few other books? Is there any particular one, you were most fascinated by and why?

Colleen McCullough’s 'Song of Troy' and Kiran Nagarkar’s ‘Cuckold’ were huge inspirations. They are such beautifully written novels, it’s hard not to fall under their sway.  

What are you planning on writing next? When would you see that released?

My next book is a work of historical fiction. It’s called ‘The Conqueror’ and deals with the Chola conquest of the Srivijaya empire  (which was located in modern day Indonesia) in 1025 AD. It is out in early June 2018.

Is there an author you take inspiration from?

Kiran Nagarkar and Arun Kolatkar, who really opened out Indian writing in English to the world. ‘Cuckold’ and ‘Jejuri’ are among the finest books ever written in the history of literature in my opinion.  

Susanna Clarke
 Who are your favourite authors and why?

Let’s do this alphabetically (since it is a lazy Saturday morning): Arun Kolatkar, George Saunders, Kiran Nagarkar, Paul Murray, Susanna Clarke, to name a few, very few.

Which are your favourite books?

My current favourite is George Saunders’ ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’.  Other than that: The Flashman Papers, American Gods, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell, Cuckold, The Mark and The Void, Jejuri… phew, that’s as much as I can jog my memory on Saturday (it’s a rare holiday for her too, after all).   
Which book are you reading, currently?

I’m currently reading ‘China’ by John Keay. It’s a wonderful book that compresses the history of China into a slim 600-odd pages. 

Aditya Iyengar
What do you do on a day to day basis, besides writing stories?

I have a day-job working in a digital media house. Other than that, I’m a foodie, always eager to try different kinds of cuisine. I love reading books like most writers do, and watching films and TV shows.

You can Read the Review, here First part of the Interview here and Buy the Book right here, as well.


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