HOW DID MADHULIKA CONCEIVE "THE ONE NIGHT AFFAIR"
I have always been fascinated by stories as long as I can remember. Ruskin Bond, Hemingway, Jeffrey Archer, Saadat Hassan Manto’s stories created a world one can only envy. For me, despite the fact that I wanted to be a writer since my tenth grade, it was “Stieg” Larsson the writer of the “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” whose brilliant work got published posthumously, which was like a wake-up call for me. With the birth of my son, my creative juices just plummeted, that’s when I really started writing stories a little more seriously.
Authoring the book has been a serendipitous for me. I never had a book in mind when I started to write. I just wrote for the love of writing and shared them with my core audience my mother mostly and slowly over a period of time I had seven stories which I then thought of getting published.
With no formal education in creative writing, I just banked on my own untutored style of story-telling. Short-stories gave me more space to explore ideas, play with genres and multiple characters which let to birthing “The One Night Affair and Other stories”.
Combining vulnerability and trickiness of the human heart the book is filled with emotions and reflection of the Indian society. It concentrates on the complexity of human emotions which are constantly influx. The book promises a dose of heady romance, loss of a loved one, infidelity and religion. It assaults your senses in a good way.
Madhulika Ra Chauhan