Ruchira Khanna

Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - - Sau­rabh Chawla

You have writ­ten 4 books. Which one is closer to you?

Ac­tu­ally five now!

I just pub­lished an­other fic­tion novel: RSVP. Hon­estly, all are dear to me since it’s my cre­ation

Books in­volv­ing In­dian peo­ple blended with the Amer­i­can cul­ture (ma­jor writ­ings) - What is your take on the cul­ture abroad? Is it bet­ter than In­dia or liv­ing there is a tough call to make?

The beauty of cul­ture is that it can be brought along to any coun­try. That’s what I have tried to por­tray in my novel, “Breath­ing Two Worlds”How­ever, the ques­tion is if you go abroad will you take it along with you? That is de­pen­dent from an in­di­vid­ual to in­di­vid­ual. Amer­ica is a coun­try of im­mi­grants mak­ing it very lib­eral for those who want to adapt to their cul­ture or even em­brace some­body else’s.

Thus, mak­ing it a fea­si­ble stay! How­ever, In­dia to­day is no more staunch as what it was in the 20th cen­tury thus, mak­ing even this coun­try very lib­eral and al­low­ing the cit­i­zens to take a step back when it comes to fea­si­bil­ity and con­ve­nience.

You write on mod­ern time chal­lenges faced by In­di­ans abroad, any other genre you tried or would like to try in fu­ture?

I have tried mag­i­cal re­al­ism genre in my re­cent re­lease where the trou­bled young adult trav­els thou­sands of miles men­tally while phys­i­cally be­ing sta­tioned in one place. With that he has been able to em­brace his past and move for­ward in his present.

What are your fu­ture plans with the books? Tell us some­thing about your up­com­ing book(s).

My re­cent re­lease novel (Au­gust 2018) via a fic­tion tale talks about the sig­nif­i­cance of fam­ily as it ex­plores the thin lines be­tween re­al­ity and il­lu­sion. It also em­pha­sizes upon em­brac­ing the past and mov­ing on in the present. A short fic­tion story is to be re­leased soon where I take the reader on a roller­coaster of emo­tions as the as­tral and phys­i­cal bod­ies clash due to their egos!

'Choices' raises the ques­tions, does fate make a man, or do his de­sires? Do am­bi­tions and de­sires ac­tu­ally lead a per­son to true hap­pi­ness and ful­fill­ment, or does prov­i­dence and life chang­ing events ac­tu­ally show a per­son the true path to fol­low? What's your take on the sub­ject based on In­dian con­text?

In­dian or non-In­dian…the con­text is sim­ple. Karma is a bitch and we get what we sowed. How­ever, we all get to ex­pe­ri­ence ‘free-will’ in any sit­u­a­tion, and the choice is ours how to re­act and act in that time pe­riod.

Tell us about the things you love in your books? Char­ac­ters, set­ting/plot etc. Which is your fa­vorite char­ac­ter(s) among your books? Tell us the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind them.

Hon­estly I like ev­ery­thing in my books. It’s my cre­ation af­ter all. With re­gards to gath­er­ing in­spi­ra­tion, I bow thee to the so­ci­ety that we live in. My char­ac­ters, set­ting, and the plot is cour­tesy them.

What you feel about the fu­ture of women writ­ers in In­dia and abroad? Ac­cord­ing to you, where the writ­ers most val­ued and re­spected?

Writ­ing is a cre­ative process and it does not mat­ter if the writer is a male or a fe­male. And I don’t think the world also cares which sex wrote the book. As long as the story ap­peals to the reader, there is fu­ture for the writer whether it is In­dia or abroad. Value and re­spect is also based on the ap­peal of the story from an in­di­vid­ual to an in­di­vid­ual.

Who is your big­gest critic? Apart from all the best­selling num­bers, ac­co­lades, in­ter­views and fame, what makes YOU feel suc­cess­ful as a writer?

Hon­estly when I read books; I try to cap­ture the essence of the story, and love to con­tem­plate within. That in­spires me to pen such kind of work.

I love writ­ing about is­sues that stalk the mind of the man via tales of fic­tion.

I pen books in the con­tem­po­rary fic­tion genre and my books go by the tagline, “Books that make you pon­der!” Apart from the sales the ac­co­lades what makes me

most happy is when the reader has to say that this book gave me a “xyz take home les­son!” I am thrilled be­yond words!

What are the most com­mon traps for as­pir­ing au­thors?

I be­lieve there are many but what I en­coun­tered in my writ­ing jour­ney are: To avoid pol­ish­ing your first draft. That just leads to ru­in­ing your cre­ativ­ity since as a writer if you would be want­ing to pol­ish ev­ery scene ev­ery re­ac­tion the char­ac­ters with whom you are play­ing around with go hide be­hind a bush. Boom! You are lost!

Just write.

Cap­ture the essence first and then pol­ish it fur­ther!

As an au­thor, what mes­sage you would like to share with the bud­ding au­thors and writ­ers?

Write what as­pires you! You will write with your heart and the words will bleed!

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