Your first book, how does it feel?
It’s an indescribable high to see your name in print. But it all pales in comparison when you read rave reviews of your book (that was in the form of A4 manuscript not so long ago) and get accepted as a writer. It’s a glorious feeling Aditya!
Your take as an author on the fairy tale ending this book had?
As the story began to take shape, I dithered with the ending of the book for a bit. It would have been uncharacteristic of me not to have given my debut book a happy ending.
Have you ever had a bad hair day?
Ha ha! Have, I had one? How long have you got to take in my response? The woes are far too many to list Aditya, so let’s not even go there.
I am somebody like Rakesh-kind-of-person. Any suggestions for me? My girlfriend hates me for this.
I thought Rakesh’s character was quite endearing. He is, to some degree, misguided and professionally consumed. I think we are all guilty of that in today’s fast paced world. We fail to stop and analyse our personal priorities and commitments when our professional life takes over.
Why would your girlfriend ‘hate’ (it’s a strong word) you for who you are? She fell in love with you, didn’t she? She’s just got to try and look harder to find the person she fell in love in the first place!
The back cover of book said way too much about the story, it was a turn off for me at least. Your take please?
Yes, I did read your comments in your review. I have taken that on board. You’ve got to make allowances for a debut writer. It’s challenging to set the scene and entice your reader with just a few words.
Suggestions for budding authors, like myself?
Devour books. Keep writing and do not be put off with negative criticisms/barriers. Surround yourself with people who inspire you and weed out the ones that bring you down.
You live in United Kingdom, so do see a major difference in thoughts, ideas and other approaches among people there and India?
People give you a lot of space here and are not quick to judge you. And equally there are some aspects of Indian culture and traditions that I miss here in the UK.
You spoke about social issues in India, so what is your take on inter religion marriage?
My personal view is quite personal and would like to keep it that way.
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Smita Shetty has been in the creative field for over seven years. In her spare time she enjoys involving herself in community work. She offers her creative support to an Asian women’s network group and has taken up several designing projects for a County Councils employee network group. Untruly yours is her debut novel.
Smita is originally from Mumbai and currently lives with her family in the United Kingdom.
Aditya Bhasin hails from India, Delhi-an avid reader, who enjoys his cup of tea over it, a racist in purest form as he hates chocolate and coffee. He does not like traveling much, but, if he gets an opportunity to travel he chooses to do that by a train instead of a car or a plane. He is an ambivert person and is happy that way.
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