5 Aashti Wins Our Vote of Con­fi­dence

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First-time au­thor and daugh­ter of de­signer Kavita Bhar­tia, Aashti Bhar­tia is young, en­er­getic and re­fresh­ingly opin­ion­ated. Here, she talks to Cosmo about pol­i­tics, her book Vote of Con­fi­dence, and how she came to write it.

Cosmo: What is your book about? Aashti Bhar­tia: “The book pro­files In­dia’s young politi­cians, the well­known ones, as well as the rel­a­tively un­known. It re­veals their sto­ries, and through them, the churn­ing in In­dian pol­i­tics.”

C: Why did you choose to write about this? AB: “I was cu­ri­ous to fig­ure out what’s go­ing on in young In­dia. We know so lit­tle of what’s hap­pen­ing, so when we read snip­pets, we can’t con­nect with it. We be­come ei­ther cyn­i­cal or com­pletely in­dif­fer­ent to pol­i­tics— with­out un­der­stand­ing the com­plete pic­ture! This book was an at­tempt to change that, at least for my­self.”

C: This is your first book. How did it hap­pen? AB: “It hap­pened some­what by accident. My pub­lisher read some­thing I’d writ­ten on­line and asked me to write a book.”

C: Who are some of your favourite au­thors? AB: “Som­er­set Maugham, Ian McE­wan and James Bald­win are sim­ply su­perla­tive.”

Pick Aashti’s book, Vote of Con­fi­dence, Roli

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