‘The Carrie Bradshaw of Indian Writing’

Hello & Welcome Back Book lovers.  202

Hope you having a joyous season.

We always try and get you candid with author’s who write on different genres, their private and serene lifestyles, their quirky habits and what makes them an author. Hope we are doing a good job of it and living up to the expectations of our readers.

Today on the Hot Seat we have a Fabulously Gorgeous, Boldly Articulate & a Page Turning vivacious author.

All those who love chick flick novels that make you laugh, cry, confused and leave you with illusions of Mr Right and love, you need to read Madhuri Banerjee’s Books. Her take on love, life, sex and men will take you on roller-coaster ride of emotions. If you loved the ladies and the stories of Sex and The City you will love her books.

Madhuri’s frank  and impudent writing has made her first book “Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas” a runaway bestseller. Her 2nd Book “Mistakes Like Love and Sex” was released last month and is already on its way to become a bestselling book. The 2nd book is a sequel.

A complete movie buff at heart, Madhuri also has a background of Film and TV having worked with Zoom and various Production Houses. She holds an English Honours degree of Lady Shri Ram College Delhi. She spends most of her leisure time reading, travelling around the world and having a good time with her friends.

Here is an extract of her interview.

1.Your books have such catchy titles that grab quick attention. Do you come up with the names for your books & Do they help in grabbing a Reader’s attention while buying?

Yes I do come up with the names for my books. They do help in catching some attention. But they also limit the readership. Conservative people won’t pick up the book even if it’s about simple relationships and love stories. So it’s a catch 22.

2. Is your character Kaveri anything like you? Did you discover your journey of life while writing this book?

Kaveri is a lot like me but not completely. I am extremely head strong, focussed and determined. Kaveri goes with the flow. She may be super intelligent and well travelled but she fumbles when it comes to love. The only similarity between her and me is that we’re both very loyal to our friends and we adore our parents.

3.Tell us how has Kaveri evolved in the 2nd book..Has she become even more bolder and wiser in the 2nd book?

Kaveri definitely has more sex in the second novel!. She makes new friends and sheds inhibitions about love and life. But she still makes mistakes. She’s sensible enough to acknowledge them and owns up to them. That shows growth of character in her. But she still goes with her heart on most things. She’s still the same girl who’s looking for someone to love her. In Losing My Virginity And Other Dumb Ideas she believes she needs a man to complete her. In Mistakes Like Love And Sex she looks for someone to complement her.

4. Are you a reclusive writer or you prefer going out and drawing inspirations from your experiences?

I go out, meet new people, catch up with old friends, and listen to their stories. So I might be inspired by their body language,their opinions on things and incorporate a bit of that in a character in my book. However, as for scenes, situations, plots, character growth and climax, that’s just my imagination going wild! 

5.You books are very Spicy, Animated, Comically funny at times…Any plans of making a film on it?

Inshallah! I do hope to make my books into films. Every author would love to see his idea on celluloid. If a filmmaker can do justice to it then I would be very happy to see my book as a film.

6. Your favourite Chick Flick Novels?

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak.

7. Your ideal Man is..

an amalgamation of Arjun, Aaron, Ray, Siddharth and Ayaan. J

8. Your awkward moments..

Oh so many! Every day! I kept calling someone Arjun and he kept reminding me that was not his name but for me he fitted into that character in Losing My Virginity And Other Dumb Ideas.

9. Favourite City & Food –

Delhi for the food.

10. Do you believe in love stories –

Of course. Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to write them!

11. Your Opinion on The Indian writing & Indian Publishing. –

Many people are being published nowadays. The market has opened up to people wanting to read about something familiar and find identifiable characters in books. Indian writing has really come of age and many publishing houses are opening their doors to Indian writers rather than courting the West. It’s a wonderful time to be an author.

Price: Rs 199

Publisher: Penguin Books India

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‘Youngest Author on the Block’

Hello & Welcome back Book lovers

This week we have the Youngest Author on the Hot seat with us.anusha

As they say like Father like Son, well today we have this very bright young daughter with us who followed onto her father footsteps and has just released her first full-fledged book at the age of 12.

Meet Anusha Subramanian, the youngest author on the block. She is the daughter of the famous banker turned author Ravi Subramanian. Just 12 years old and she has penned her first spell binding book ‘Heirs of Catriona’- the first book in the series which is based on unlocked mysteries, myths, magical warfare, princess and castles.

A Student of Arya Vidya Mandir School she spends her time reading, writing, chilling out with friends, being a critique for her dad on his books and taking tips from others on writing.

If you like books like Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, Percy Jackson you’re bound to be amazed by this book.

It’s great to see to when the young generation of the country is so passionate towards writing. At times rare to find such talent. She is somebody to watch out for as we need such dedicated readers and writers for Children’s books.

Read more to know more about this budding young author..

1.   This is your first book at such a young age and the book is based on Princess, Castles and Magical warfare…When did you first start writing stories and what inspired you to write a book on it?

I started writing stories around the age of eight. Seeing my dad write his books and my own reading habit sparked my desire to write a book of my own. Also mythology is one branch that has always intrigued me and hence I wrote the Heirs of Catriona.

2.   Your Father has written several books and is an established author himself…did he guide you through the process of writing a book?

I wrote the initial draft of the book and after that took his inputs to refine the manuscript. He guided me through the editing process and helped me find a publisher. Apart from him, a lot of support was forthcoming from Sudeshna, my editor and mentor, who gave me lot of critical inputs.

3.   Who are the authors you admire and books you love reading?

My favourite books are the Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan and of course Harry Potter by J.K Rowling. I really love Rick Riordan’s writing style that involves a generous amount of sarcasm and humour. My recent favourite though, is the book Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi. I’m amazed at the plot and I love the concept and history in it.

4.   Your future goals and aspiration…Do you plan on becoming a full time author?

No, I don’t want to become a full time author. But I do want to pursue a career that has at least something to do with writing and hence I want to become a journalist.

5.   Tell us something more about the characters from your book

It has two protagonists by the name of Sara and Crystal who are the heirs to the kingdom of Catriona and must rescue their mothers from Merissa an evil noble who has usurped the throne. Welna, their aunt guides them through their trials and they also have a faithful dog names Jasmine. Also another antagonist is the Norse God Loki who is ruthless and bent on world domination.

6.   Are you nervous as to how your friends, peers and the reading circuit is going to critique your book?

Yes actually quite nervous on how the book will be received. Butterflies in my stomach.

7.   Your idea of FUN

For me doing anything with my group of friends is amazing and fun as we always manage to make each other laugh. Also I love watching movies with my dad, listening to music and of course reading!!

8.Best part of being an Author is…?

It gives you a different perspective to everything and the fact that you can literally live your life through you tales! Also after writing a book of my own, I now read books with a different attitude as I realize how much effort has gone into that one single description or how much research that simple sentence would have taken. So I appreciate the books that I read whole heartedly and that really enhances the reading experience.

About the book:

In a land like no other on earth, deadly creatures from forgotten myths are coming alive… 
Sara and Crystal are ordinary teenagers. Or so they think, until one day, their world is turned upside down when they learn that they are princesses of the magical land of Catriona. Their mothers, the rightful rulers of Catriona, are being held prisoner by Merissa, the wicked queen. Sara and Crystal must help rescue their mothers, and to do this, they have to journey to a land that does not appear on any known map. Thrown headlong into a world of vengeful, manipulative gods and deadly sorcerers, the two girls learn the art of magical warfare. But will that be enough to counter the evil unleashed by Merissa and her protector, Loki?

Price: Rs 195

Publisher: Rupa Publications

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