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Friday, June 10, 2016

Interview With Author Nidhi Dalmia


Harp

1. What inspired you to write your book?
 Inspiration came from the love and longing I had experienced as well as the universality of these deep feelings: the intensity of the pain and ache, the bliss and completeness of it, and the sense of fulfillment. The circumstances that pull people asunder, the effort to reconcile conflicting goals inter-se as well as within one self. Inspiration also came from certain characters whom I had the pleasure to encounter, whose personalities and traits got mixed up, as did their stories. Many things were invented, imagined both in the narrative and in the personae of the characters, as it should be in fiction. 

2. What is it about?
 This novel is a love story deeply felt. It is about a young man’s encounters, about how a young girl is torn between her profession - her music, her deeply held values –especially her paradigm of Europe and her feelings, about another girl and how she alters the equation, and about other triangles. It gives glimpses of the Kafkaesque functioning of the bureaucracy and to a lesser extent the criminal ways of politicians.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?
It is better to have loved and lost then not to have loved at all. Love is truly a many splendoured thing, and there is nothing more important than love in a person's lifetime. Even when a love story finishes, nothing takes away the remembrance of those lived moments.

4. What advice do you have for writers?
Believe in yourself. Doubts will come, which is natural, but remain sincere to your thoughts, feelings, and the story that emerges, without becoming self-conscious or trying to show off. Sincerity and persistence, keeping at it, bit by bit, will get you through.

5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
E-books seem to be getting more and more widespread in various forms because of cost, speed and convenience, especially for travelers. But the pleasure of reading a paper book, of savouring its feel and its smell will remain, especially when you want to curl up with a book by the water. 

6. What challenges did you have in writing your book?
It's a lonely job to write a book, and doubts are bound to come. Tastes are subjective. Will it be good? Will the reader like it? Will it give pleasure, stir the reader's imagination? Business is time consuming and keeps you busy. But no matter how busy I was with work, I persisted with the irrepressible urge to tell the story, little by little. Above all the challenge is to believe in yourself and your writing despite everything.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
Harp has something to say about the relatively lesser travelled parts of Europe and the then-Iron Curtain. It is steeped in the culture, the idealism, the happenings and the music of the late 1960s. The romance of India, its ancient monuments, and its unique and profound spirituality, which is incipient in every leaf and every blade of grass, will inspire you.

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