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.
At a recent book reading, someone asked me “How did you manage to keep track of all the characters in your novel over many years? Was there any particular method you used?”. The short answer is meticulous notes on ages, events, and so on. Make sure you get it all right. You can’t have someone be aged 35 in a particular year and be shown as being 45 a few years earlier somewhere else in the novel !! Continue reading “God is in the Details”
A soldier and his family know that a war could result in a variety of consequences for him. He could return safely and be lauded as a hero. He could return with wounds and scars to remind him of the battles for the rest of his life. Or he could die in battle, which is the risk any military person runs.
December 16 is celebrated as Vijay Diwas or Victory Day in India. It was on December 16, 1971 that the Pakistani forces in the then East Pakistan surrendered to end the 1971 December war between the two countries. Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command accepted the surrender from Gen A A K Niazi. This is a memorable picture.
Have started a discussion on the Facebook Page on psychopaths.What does a psychopath mean to you? Who is a psychopath? Do join in and share your views.The topic stems from the need to correct an impression that all psychopaths are rapists, wanton killers and clearly a menace to society.
The world is not only made up of heroes and heroines. Every novel has its share of minor characters who shore up the story, who lend insight, who add to complexities or who just happen to be around when needed!
When you are not a rich person but aspire to become one, you are driven by sheer ambition. Elena Dietrich was one person who had, more than anything else, a fierce determination to get out of the less affluent society she was born into in Berlin.
The fourth to be introduced in the cast of characters in “It Can’t Be You” is Pritam , younger child and son of Col. Belliappa and his wife, Dinaz. If the Colonel has a military bearing with a clipped mustache and short hair cut, his son favors scuffed up jeans, long hair tied in a careless pony tail and a wild beard.
You would probably like Shefali Belliappa were you to meet her. The elder child and daughter of Col. & Mrs. Belliappa has clearly inherited the drop dead gorgeous looks from her mother, Dinaz.