Gauri Sinh has completed her Diploma in French (Alliance Francaise) and Diploma in Journalism from St Xaviers (XIC). She has also completed M.A. in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Gauri Sinh earlier headed Bombay Times, the lifestyle and entertainment supplement of The Times of India, as Editor. More recently, she helmed After Hrs, the Mumbai city-based lifestyle and entertainment supplement of the broadsheet daily DNA, as Editor. Her previous book, a work of non-fiction, was published in 2010. Gauri lives and works in Mumbai. Let us know more about her writing in her own words.
What inspired you to start writing?
Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a writer. I used to read a lot, so I guess books were my inspiration. A self-fulfilling prophecy, like a circle: reading inspires writing inspires reading!
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys… Harry Potter came much later!
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Finding the right publisher!
How much research do you do before writing the book?
This book is fiction, so my imagination fuelled it. But most definitely I researched a number of things that form the basis of the book: global weather patterns which are a cause of concern now. Also, the earth’s tectonic plates shifting and how earthquakes happen. And you could say much of the book’s esoteric aspects are a work in progress for me, an ongoing research cycle: astrology, numerology, mysticism.
What motivated you to write the book “The Garud Prophecies, Sitara’s Story”?
Concerns about the environment. The odd weather patterns globally are telling us to listen and take action. Environmentalists are already on board, but we must all wake up to what nature is trying to say. A number of books and movies, both factual and fiction, documentary and popular culture fixated, address the issue. I tackled it using elements of mysticism.
Can you tell us more about your latest book “The Garud Prophecies Sitara’s Story”?
The book addresses environmental concerns, but it is also sending out a strong mystical statement about the healing power of love. Also, though it seems woman-centric (it talks about an apocalypse, but reverses the notion of women as hapless and helpless in an uncertain world) it actually underlines the connectedness of us all, animal-human in the greater scheme of things. And stresses the importance of thankfulness for all our blessings.
Here’s a teaser:
What would you do, should the world as you know it break down abruptly? You’re seeing changes already. Weather patterns gone awry − Intense heat waves when there should be winter, devastating floods in summer, unseasonal super storms levelling lives and livelihoods indiscriminately… What would you do when it is finally upon you?
How did you came up with the idea of writing fiction genre book?
My first book was non-fiction, and I wanted to do something different this time round. I like versatility.
Who are your favourite authors?
Too many to list. I read all genres, enjoy literary and out-and-out commercial writing, depending on mood. An eternal favourite, though, is Agatha Christie.
How much time do you dedicate for writing on a daily basis?
Whilst on a book, as much as an entire morning running into afternoon and then evening, if inspired.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Always listen to your inner voice. It will never let you down.
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