A few flashes from the past yesterday led me to think of trying to capture who might have, if at all, influenced the characters in It Can’t Be You. This is by no means a comprehensive list. It’s more a collection of thoughts as they came by. Here goes…”Reggie” Rege perhaps came from a Col. Rege who I knew in the early 70’s. One of my School friends, an Old Lawrencian served in his Regiment.
The book is out. It receives all kinds of reviews, mostly favorable, thank God, and work begins on the second edition. A few things rush to my mind as I contemplate changes that need to be made in the next edition of my psychological thriller “It Can’t Be You”. It could be in a few weeks time or even in a few months time but the changes must be made.
My thanks go out to Shashank Sinha for his recent review of It Can’t Be You in it’s Facebook Page. He writes with a different slant – on the psychology of the individual- and I would like to share his review here.
The Deccan Chronicle of January 22, 2011 carried an article on It Can’t Be You. I am glad it was described as a “must read”.
I must clarify that I am probably the first person from out of India to have a debut novel published from a debut effort in NaNoWriMo. This probably has been done by others abroad.
Everyone but everyone is speaking of JLF or to the uniatiated the Jaipur Literature Festival. There are innumerable tweets about it. There are shows on national TV channels and the newspapers have reserved lots of space to report the highlights of this interesting literary feast. It is fast becoming South Asia’s leading literary event. It draws many associated with literature: writers, poets, lyricists, publishers and readers too of course from all parts of the world. Continue reading “Jaipur Literature Festival”
It Can’t Be You was to be launched on January 22 at the Reliance TimeOut chain of stores. We were quite excited in anticipation of the event. Unfortunately, we had to postpone the event as on that day, a call was made for a Karnataka Bandh. There was no point having a launch late in the evening with sparse attendance.
We were discussing the book, in a group of friends, when someone asked me a question which I knew would come sooner or later. “Prem, you wrote the book and you must tell us which was the best scene for you”. This set me thinking. I hadn’t really thought of what might have been the “best scene” for me.
How do you manage your WIP? Do you have notes scattered all the place? Do you get bright ideas only to forget them some minutes later? Do you have to strain yourself to remember the facts you promised yourself you would check? I have finished about 54,000 words of my WIP- my second novel titled “Lucky For Some, Thirteen”. My aim is to finish this novel with about 81,000 words.