23 September, 2016

#Interview with Aparna Sinha, #Author of Ashvamedha: The Game of Power

About the Author:

Aparna Sinha wrote her first poem when she was seven, which she recited on All India Radio.  Since then, her literary work and industry specific articles have been published in various mediums, including reputed business magazines across Asia.
Equipped with a Master’s in management, when she was forced to quit her lucrative job because of a chronic disease, she focused on her sole passion – writing.

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Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller? 
I have been telling stories since I started to speak, I guess. It is in my genes. Both mother and father are very well read and inclined towards writing, while my father’s books are academic in nature (He was head and Dean, Law faculty, in University of Allahabad) my mother’s books are literature (she equaled the record of Sarojini Naidu for being the youngest 12th pass out).
I have been writing since the age of seven with a dream that I will publish my novel one day.

What inspires you to write? 
I express myself better in writing, as I mentioned it is in my genes, everything around me inspires me: pain, mirth, beauty of nature, people, places, everything. 

How did you come up with the idea for your current story? 
The idea of story came to me long back after a discussion with my husband.  He was cooking up a story and the idea clicked and remained for two years. I took his nascent idea and made a story out of it. Besides it was practically becoming difficult to ignore the dramatics in Indian politics and its reach to the youth through media, so I thought it is the right time to share the story on politics and power. 

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day? 
Many. I have been writing for 25 years now, many poems, plays and stories are still yet to find an audience. My first complete collection of stories was finished when I was in 2nd Std (8 years) My mother has kept it, still. 

Tell us about your writing process.
I let the idea develop and then write continuously for as long as 17 hours a day, taking only occasional breaks (2-3 breaks).

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why? 
The negotiation scene between the terrorist and Ashwin Jamwal, is one of my favorites, wherein the terrorist spoke the unsaid truth- power comes at the cost and wellbeing of innocent citizens, it can be named terrorism or political strategy, result at many times is same.

“And yet we are no different,”’ the man added calmly. “You too have weapons. There are treaties restricting your usage of deadly weapons, still you develop a deadlier one almost every year, better and deadlier than last. We both are killers of the same league, except you justify your killing by calling it political.” 

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks? 
Yes. The protagonist and his continuous fight with himself on right and wrong. Female lead Adya, loves to eat and dress casually- I advocate the same. 

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
Fan and AC disturbs me. I write without switching them on. After the long session of writing I am exhausted and sweaty. 

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style? 
I read a lot. I have list of favorite writers for each genre. For Crime and thriller it is Robert Ludlum, Michael Crichton,  Alistair Mclean (I have all their books in my book shelf). I love Russian literature, and I admire most of the authors of its golden era. In Hindi besides my mother, my favorite author is Harishankar Parsai. Kahlil Gibran, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, John Keats… it is a very long list of authors and books that are rich in words and literature- I will end up using all the space :)
Yes, each one of these very strong thinkers and writers has influenced me in a way or other.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
From my mother: A talent will go waste if you don’t work hard.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Write. Never give up.

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?- My phone with charger (of course kindle installed, with hundred unread books) 
- Food and Water
- Books for the time when I am charging my phone

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I am a new mother, as of now I hardly find any free time. I see my son smile and that is all I need.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
As of now
- Quitting Nicotine (gave up in 2015)
Writing a novel
- Becoming a mother

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
- I meet people, complete strangers like I know them from ages
I always slip/fall on most un-slippery and simple terrains
- Oh God. I am so boring

What do you have in store next for your readers?
A mystery novel, called Rijisha. Loosely based on true events that happened in Manchester during 1963-65. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers? 
Reading is common; walk through bookstores and purchase is decreasing. People prefer to have free copies; they borrow books, rather than invest in books. It is a request to promote book purchase around you. 

About the Book:

"You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn't any. I was left with only one choice — to create one."

Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.
The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.
A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.

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