HOW DID RA­JVEER SIGH CONCEIVE "DES­TINED LIVES"?

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2010, I have scrapped a long story, writ­ten by me, right at the cli­max. I didn’t write the cli­max and since I used to share it on a fo­rum as and when a new chap­ter gets com­pleted, all those who were then fol­low­ing that story felt very dis­ap­pointed. For the next cou­ple of years they kept send­ing mails urg­ing me to write the cli­max but I couldn’t. The char­ac­ters in the story had po­ten­tial to be part of a novel. In com­par­i­son to the story the char­ac­ters were strong and very much ma­tured and hence I hand­picked them and be­gan writ­ing this novel called ‘Des­tined Lives – Jour­ney till the Start’.

As I pro­ceeded with the writ­ing, I needed to fine tune the char­ac­ters, es­pe­cially the pro­tag­o­nist. Since I am very fond of Pun­jabi cul­ture I have

started read­ing all Pun­jabi folk love sto­ries – Heer Ran­jha, Sohni Mahi­wal, and Sassi Pannu – in the search of cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics I wasn’t sure of my­self but when I read about Sassi I found what I was look­ing for and that’s how the pro­tag­o­nist got her name ‘Sassi’ in the novel.

A lot of re­search went in to write the cli­max, again. I can still re­call it took me 4 months just to per­fect the cli­max and in the process I have learnt a lot.

Win­ters are the back­drop and hence one can sense a gray­ish feel while read­ing it. Novel cov­ers Delhi, Dar­jeel­ing and Sikkim pri­mar­ily.

Ra­jveer Singh Pra­jap­ati is a care­free man who does not hes­i­tate in writ­ing his thoughts and opin­ions as and when he feels for it. He comes from the heart of In­dia (M.P) - Rat­lam, a small town si­t­u­ated be­tween Indore and Uj­jain. Cur­rently, re­sid­ing in the city that never sleeps “Aam­chi Mum­bai” and work­ing as a Se­nior An­a­lyst. He is ob­sessed with sec­ond world war, eco­nomic crises and po­lit­i­cal his­tory of World. His Friends and fam­ily call him Wikipedia due to his ob­ses­sion with read­ing ar­ti­cles on it.

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