What inspired you to write this story?
I spent a number of times visiting London on business but there are tales from extended family that I learned more of Indian history in Britain than the other way around. During the last couple of years I wanted to blend some of those stories and to some of what I crafted to come in the form as how this novel has played out.
Any incident in particular that is been recreated from real life?
I’ll let the reader decide on that.
How long did it take to complete this novel? How many edits did it go through?
It took almost 27 months with around 17 rounds of edits.
You have managed to put together an intricately detailed and well researched novel. Tell us about your research process.
I studied European history at University and much of the research demonstrated in the novel was part of that but the rest were understanding the layout of the city of London, the different Indian communities that have remained and gone, the way the city has changed since the great war, and recollecting memoirs I read dating back to that time period. Most of the research I did was of prisons but American not British.
What is your writing schedule like? How many hours do you put into writing?
Start Friday at 11:30pm-1am. Then Saturday and Sunday 8am-11am. Sometime record on my iphone while I am stuck in traffic.
How do you escape writer’s block?
I read a lot; newspapers, journals and if it still doesn’t help, I solve crossword puzzles.
What hurdles did you face while publishing the book?
There were too many but the most was finding satisfactory form of language to put in the form acceptable to me to be placed in the novel. At the beginning it is the worst; stories are not conclusive and it has several layers of issues. To solve those layers of issues along with reading and re-reading to correct errors are the hardest.
Where did the insight for crafting your characters? Any particular actor or actress you kept in your thoughts while sketching the characters?
Of course you think of the most glamorous kinds of actors suited for the time but that is hard to do at times specially for the historic thriller as this. Nevertheless, I thought of some of the friends I had known over the years, the qualities that describe them, what makes them who they are. You add those attributes and more which to me jells the characters to become who they are.
Just for fun, if this book was to be made into a movie, who would be the director and who would you want to be the lead star casts.
I would have the Irish Jim Sheridan direct and Dev Patel star in it.
What are the 5 things we can find on your work table?
Laptop, calculator, blue pen, notepad and a stress ball.
Authors who inspire you?
Shashi Tharoor, Dalia Sofer and Hooman Majd.
Tell us about your upcoming ventures.
It’s a thriller novel based in Paris
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