24 September, 2016

#Interview with Kiran Chandra, #Author of The Corridor of Uncertainty

About the Author:

Kiran Chandra is a Bangalore based author, an alumnus of two of the best institutions in town Christ & St. Joseph’s. He works in the financial services industry after completing his masters in finance. He lives in Bangalore with his wife & two children. The field of creative arts has always been his passion having been part of plays presented by multiple theater groups. The corridor of uncertainty is his first book.

Contact the Author:
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Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
As a kid I regularly wrote stories to Tinkle. I was successful to be published on one occasion though. That writing experience, the reading habits built dreams in me of being an author. I was active in dramatics & plays in college which helped me build knowledge & experience in creative arts.

What inspires you to write?
‘Pen is mightier than the sword’ is a quote that has inspired me to be a writer. There have been historical movements in the past that have been achieved through writings. Literary movements were created in the past by Basavanna, Akka Mahadevi, Kabir. I envision creating a similar contemporary movement in writing as today’s writing is less storyline, moral & more sensual.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
I wanted to write sports fiction that would bring out the importance of sportsmanship & fair play. Many sports do not inculcate this in their coaching manuals. I have drawn parallels to cricket (considered to be a religion by itself) & the preaching in different religions, sportsmanship & righteousness.
The protagonist Karna draws his inspiration from his namesake from the epic Mahabharatha He also learns from the mistakes Karna commits in the Epic Mythology. The rest of the story evolved as I wrote.

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
There are a couple of them I began to write & will continue as my next project. One is a Fiction on Romance & another is a Crime Thriller.

Tell us about your writing process.
The story is set in the 90s of Bangalore and revolves around the time when the whole nation was ripped apart due to communal clashes. How cricket as a religion fights all the odds against the true systems of faith & evolves victorious is the theme of the novel. I had to research about the city in the 90s, how Bangalore was affected during the nationwide strike, various epics, mythology & scriptures. Having played cricket all my life the research on the game was easier.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favorite scene in the book is the final over of the game between Lalnagar & Shanthinagar. That is the turning point of the story in the context of ‘The corridor of uncertainty’, a term very famous in cricket but common in our day-to-day lives.

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
Yes! I will keep the readers inquisitive and find out when they read :)

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I used be an avid reader until I joined college, after which life took a different turn. I have begun to pick up books now in the last 3-4 years. Paulo Coelho is my favorite. The Alchemist has had a great influence on my inspiration to write.

What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
I would cast Salman Khan (Sherkhan the cop) & Aamir Khan (Nawab Khan the mentor) in pivotal roles of the story although they would not be the lead roles as the protagonists are young adults.

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
Tools to build a hut & catch fish, a mini library of books & a few bottles of wine.

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
There is no specific place that I unwind. I like to travel to different places, understand different cultures and cover every nook & corner of the world. I unwind playing cricket, football and a few indoor games with my children.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
The corridor of uncertainty is not just about Cricket. It’s a sports inspirational fiction with sports, love & drama all in one. So readers who are thinking if they should pick up the book check the reviews on Amazon.

About the Book:

A story set in the 90s of Bangalore about a bunch of boys growing up on a sport & religion called 'Cricket'. Karna's love and passion for Divya is as much as for the game. Karna & his friends, worshipers of the game, go through a pious and adventurous journey of conflict.They are guided by the principles of righteousness, sportsmanship, ethics and fair play by Mr. Iyer & most importantly the confidence instilled by their mentor Nawab Khan. They have to gain self belief, which leads them to introspect. They recognize the true sense of Arthur Schopenhauer's quote 'Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.' They ultimately win many hearts, but will Karna win the only heart he longs for? 
In a country where this game unites all where true religion divides, what happens when the cult of cricket collides with the real systems of faith? Will there be a further rift?

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