It’s not every day that I get to meet and chat with an actual published author so imagine my delight when I met author Aditya Kripalani and was given a free copy of his novel Back Seat. Now getting a free book alone would have left me absolutely delighted, but I was estactic when Mr. Kripalani was kind enough to grant me a short interview. Here is part one of our talk:
Q: How did you come up with your concept for the plot?
A: I was toying with the idea of a story of two boys, one a rich boy who's a local in Mumbai and a migrant boy, both the same age. And a year later it became the story of this bar dancer who gets entangled in a love story with the migrant as she works as the keep of the rich spoilt brat. She too is a migrant but is now a local. A story about the Mumbai underbelly which akin to Rio De Janeiro or downtown New York or the projects in Philadelphia is huge and monstrous and larger than the world on top.
Q: How long did it take you to write your novel?
A: A year with a full time day job so I got time to write pretty rarely and sporadically.
Q: The frequent use of Hindi in your novel makes it seem as if it is meant to target a primarily Indian audience, is this intentional?
A: No I just went with the flow. My characters are local and I didn't have an editor so I guess no one made me aware of the fact that people from other countries wouldn't get certain dialogues. But yes now with a new edit it should be ready for foreigners. Though the core emotions are universal in their resonance.