HOW DID MAD­HU­LIKA CONCEIVE "THE ONE NIGHT AFFAIR"

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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

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