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Jash Sen: An Interview by Devika Rangachari | the duckbill blog
Jash Sen: An Interview by Devika Rangacha ri
Posted by Duckbill Books December 13, 2012
Jash Sen was interviewed b y author Devika Rangachari ab out Wordkeepers and writing and b ooks. DR: Jash, your debut novel gripped me from the word go—and then anything else until I’d finished it! How difficult was it to write a futuristi novel that derives from mythology? JS: Well, I thought I was writing a 3000 word short story when I starte with a dream, a dream about that giant eye you see on the cover. I ha strange, lucid dreams. I knew the eye had to be a part of the story, bu
had written about it, Anya was off on a long adventure, maybe of 11,00
Then she kept getting into more trouble, so when I crossed 40,000 w the outline of the entire story, I realised I had a trilogy on my hands.
I’d need two books to tell her story. Eventually, after Duckbill made me
DR: Your book has elements from both the Indian epics. Did you wan ends in the original stories, especially the Mahab harata, as your boo from where it ends? JS: I was always curious about the nine Chiranjeevis – the immortal
these works for today’s young readers or were you simply trying to tie
to wonder where they would be today, what their secret identities wou these details of modern life. And I wanted to have them in my story.
how they would live and earn a living, whether they’d enjoy our TV ser
DR: You taught mathematics and now you’re a writer with a trilogy in y progression?
you get bored with juggling numbers or was this some kind of logical
Maths helps us sharpe you go. theduckbillblog. I love juggling numbers almost as much as I love stories. I’ve taken a break for a month now. I suppose logical ability is a wonderful ally wh out to work on a large canvas. Anya seemed to be like the sort of girl who would be tough w occasion demanded it. maths again. more a paralle DR: One of the fascinating elements of your book is the experimentati gender stereotypes. How mu JS: Anya and Bilal came to me. he would stop bei DR: The names of your characters also provide an insight into their ro take you to come up with these names? personalities. but if I took away the stereotypical cricket from him. Bilal was similarly a sof After all. I usually write until 9. Pre-dawn has occ silence helps when there’s an action scene happening inside my he been fantastic. I love high sc geometry and algebra. Otherwise.com/2012/12/13/jash-sen-an-interview-by-devika-rangachari/ 2/6 around to write it down. Perspirati definitely inspiration in my case. for instance. Bourbon b me think if they have just the right amount of chocolate. yet connected. I was sensitised by everyone around me to not st bit too much on occasion.m. But I digress. Some of the biscuit maker Sometimes I get a good spell in the early evening. after my shower and black more regular I am with this routine. the Muslim village boy and the not-particularly religious u DR: What is your writing schedule? Do you write all day—with occasio in the Bourbons help to clear your mind in any way? biscuit breaks—or do you write when inspiration strikes you? Does th JS: I love to write first thing in the morning.1/17/13 Jash Sen: An Interview by Devika Rangachari | the duckbill blog JS: Ooh. except I still haven’t mastered waking up that early eve DR: Can you give us a sneak peek into the next two books of your trilo Wordkeepers and Krishna end up saving the world? JS: The story kind of decides these big things for me. They came pre-package teenager who are worlds apart.30 a. the easier writing gets. just like that. And it’s terribly noncommittal to me at the mo .wordpress. Id to write a story some day where maths plays a big part. then start my (other) work them in black tea to make them palatable. I am just the wr Doesn’t trust me to keep my mouth shut. who is also ‘the other one’. like in a trilogy. Did you worry that it might turn out to be risky in a JS: On the contrary. don’t think my writing interest is a logical progression. curse them. In completely taking away her occasional stereotypical girline was a risk to artificially limiting her character. Anya. imagination. But real life interv have to occasionally give way to it. but also quite happy to enjoy her budding fem a while. I guess. I h started skimping on the chocolate. stereotypes often have their roots in reality. There can be such a thing as self-consciou building. kicking and screaming. fo and I know getting back into my rhythm will be hard.
The real world is full of boring people who go on and on.com/2012/12/13/jash-sen-an-interview-by-devika-rangachari/ 3/6 . So do fo occasionally rush in my adventures. an Coming back to my roots helped immensely. because I love to make up things and it is ver around you like flies in no time if you do.1/17/13 Jash Sen: An Interview by Devika Rangachari | the duckbill blog DR: ‘Spinning stories’ is apparently your forte. and not having to worry about my nex same reason. There’ll be psychiatris On a more serious note. or perhaps beca Chimneys. DR: Which is your all-time favourite book/ story? And which is the one you to tears? about six stories when I lived in London but was unable to finish a sin they were dying to get out. but I’ve not reached that place descriptions only when they serve the story. Unless the author is a true master o has no right to go on and on without moving the story ahead. I believe the story should come f more as I gain confidence as a writer. I am happiest when I write storie miserable when I don’t. I don’t think any writer has a black belt yet. That. The words just poured I now believe helps creativity a great deal. Have you been doing th life? And for whom do you spin your stories? JS: Ooh. please find a translation pronto. I know I shall learn to sav plots sprint. modern version of The Sec JS: I shall not name any boring authors until I gain my brown belt in k the same question then. Self-indulgent writing bores me. Is there any book that you’d like to converted into a movie of this genre? JS: I worship Agatha Christie. My all-time favourite book is Adversary – because Tommy and Tuppence are such gung-ho loveli Musketeers comes a very close second.wordpress. make up stories for no reason at all in real life. Therefore. Stevenson. I love Milady. I love adventures and think they are underrated. Saradindu Bandopadhyay are my heroes. I’d love to see an updated. If you haven’t re theduckbillblog. thank you! I used to wonder all these years if I was any good great to know someone thinks I am. despite people’s views that her books more than ‘intricate algebra’ (I forget who said that). Alexandre writer. DR: You like watching thriller films. I have been trying to write for many years.
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