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Inspiration struck in an auto ride

Published : Apr 26, 2016, 11:01 pm IST
Updated : Apr 26, 2016, 11:01 pm IST

Author Andaleeb Wajid has published eight novels, notable among them being My Brother’s Wedding, More than Just Biryani, The Tamanna Trilogy and most recently, When She Went Away.

Andaleeb Wajid
 Andaleeb Wajid

Author Andaleeb Wajid has published eight novels, notable among them being My Brother’s Wedding, More than Just Biryani, The Tamanna Trilogy and most recently, When She Went Away. Her latest book, Asmara’s Summer is about a smart, sassy and popular girl Asmara who has to spend her entire summer vacation with her conservative grandparents in their claustrophic house, possibly without Internet.

Does inspiration strike you at the oddest of moments/ places

For this book, it was when I was in an auto, passing by Tannery Road that I thought of the story.

Best opening line that you have ever read

The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris — “It is a relatively little known fact that over the course of a single year, about 20 million letters are delivered to the dead.”

Which genre draws you the most as a reader and writer

Romance and Young Adult as a writer. As a reader, crime fiction and thrillers along with the above two.

What is your antidote for writer’s block

Baking, a walk in the park, shopping!

One fictional character close to your heart and why

Sidney Carton, from A Tale of Two Cities. I like how human he is, his flaws, his longing for the unattainable woman he loves.

Ending of one popular book you would have changed, if you were the author

Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance. It’s one book whose ending makes me unbelievably sad and fills me with despair. I’d have probably tried to inject a little hope.