My first lockdown book baby has been published and is
now making its way to readers all over India and the world. 7 months of
painstaking research, delayed by more than 1.5 years. Finally, ‘50 GREAT
INDIANS: Extraordinary Lives, Inspiring Tales,’ published by Rupa Publications
is available. Its also my first full-fledged non-fiction book.
It was a difficult book to write. Two personalities
passed away, a few sports personalities broke records and also announced their
retirement, a personality won an award (I had to make the changes before the
book went for print). I had to be on constant alert mode while I was writing
the book and also in the delay period.
Another middle grade novel of mine ‘Buddy The
Scavage,’ too is ready. I proofread the dummy copy sent by the publisher. As I
asked for some changes in the cover, its currently being redesigned. Will share
that book cover the moment its ready. It was sweet of the publisher to send me
a dummy copy, they requested that as it was my first dummy copy, I can keep it.
August 3 question - When you set out to write a story,
do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?
When I write a story, the only promise I make to
myself is to be as true to the story as possible. Infact, I sometimes feel I
write for myself before I write for my readers. I seldom write for the market,
no wonder publishers find it difficult to slot my book into a particular
What about you all?