01 December, 2016

#SpecialFeature :: Introducing Saiswaroopa Iyer, #Author of Abhaya

Under "Special Feature" every month I feature a Special Author. 
During this month I put up 5 posts about the Author/Book, including Interview / Review / Excerpt / Guest Post / Author Bio / Fun Facts or whatever else we can come up with. Also on the first day of the month we will  launch the Giveaway contest along with the first post and will announce the winner on the last day of the month.
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*** Special Feature - December 2016 ***

Meet Saiswaroopa Iyer

An IITian and investment professional turned author, Saiswaroopa's interests include Indian history, literature and Philosophy. Also trained in Carnatic Music, she has won a gold medal from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in rendering Annamacharya Kritis. Currently based in London, she is working on her next novel based on a Rig Vedic Legend. 

Fun Facts about the Author

- My mother struggled to make me cultivate the habit of reading in my younger years. Chandamama and Gokulam made her life easier then.

- I still enjoy reading my childhood books, the older issues of Chandamama and Enid Blyton

- Rajaji's version of Mahabharata was introduced to me by my grandfather at the age of 8. My first fantasy around the epic was to time travel back and save Abhimanyu. I did have an imaginary mission team too and still remember their names!

- Abhaya began as an adolescent fantasy and my first ever draft was in Telugu, written over 12 pages. Thankfully I tore it off :D

- Still cherish a dream to write Telugu historical fiction as well as folklore fantasy. (Some day!)

- I have watched Telugu film Mayabazaar more than a hundred times and know the dialogues by heart. (And I still watch it!). I love the Pauranic films, especially

- When I was in India, I was among the few to like being stuck in a traffic jam because that was where I could catch up with reading.

- I really like strong female characters. But way too steadfast, infallible or unemotional women in stories turn me off

- My favourite female character is Kundavai from the Tamil Classic Ponniyin Selvan. She has a loyal side, a manipulative side, a loving side and a feisty side to her.

- I have 12 cousins, all younger to me. They deserve quite some credit for encouraging my storytelling

About the Book:

A tale set in the times of Mahabharata. An assertive and idealistic Princess Abhaya meets the enigmatic Krishna Vaasudeva. A bereaved Dhatri, hounded by her own family is saved by Lord Bhauma. When subverted religion becomes a tool in the hands of power thirsty and strikes Bharatavarsha, the land of Aryas, Abhaya finds herself face to face with the impending doom. 

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