What was the first book that you read?
Honestly speaking, I don’t remember my first book. Of course, a lot of textbooks, schoolbooks, but apart from that, I think my early readings were Nancy Drew, Secret Seven, and Enid Blyton. But one book that I really rejoice, and have very fond memories of, is Oliver Twist.
What are the challenges of writing a book?
There are a lot of challenges of writing a book, especially if you’re a mom. It requires a lot of discipline. And then I think a lot of people have this misconception that writers don’t go to the office, they don’t have a nine-to-five job, but I think that dealing with that mindset is also a challenge. So I think writing is one of the toughest jobs–to create something solely out of a figment of the imagination is difficult. There are many challenges, but for me, discipline is a priority. Like finding an appropriate time and a scheduled time for it.
Five books you would recommend?
I quite like Murakami’s books, ‘The Strange Library’, ‘Three Daughters of Eve’, ‘The 40 Rules of Love’, ‘One’ by Richard Bach, ‘The Timekeeper’ by Mitch Albom. And I quite like the recent book I just read, ‘Open’, which is Andre Agassi’s autobiography. It’s an amazing one!
What are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama.
One book you would want to adapt into a film?
I would love to adapt my own books into films.
Are Virajveer and Varushka interested in reading?
Varushka is more interested in books than Virajveer, who is more into sports. But both my kids, I would say, are not averse to books. However, they can definitely do a better job at reading. Currently, Varushka’s favourite is a comic called ‘Dog Man’. She also loves to read Roald Dahl’s book. I have also read ‘The Little Prince’ with them.