Today I have Ruchi Singh on my blog, chatting about her book Take 2 and all things writing. Please welcome her.
Interview from Summerita
RS: Thank you Summerita for this wonderful opportunity to talk to you.
How did you become a writer, by chance or by choice?
RS: A bit of both in my case. It started by chance, like an epiphany that yes I can and should write. After the first draft of Take 2, it was my choice to continue writing since I immensely enjoyed the process of creating something new.
Are you a genre writer? Why (or why not)? Which genre appeals to you the most?
RS: Yes, I think I am a genre writer. I love reading romantic thrillers and the creative thoughts flooding my mind also resonate with the same genre.
What makes this book special to you?
RS: This book is very special for two reasons. Firstly, because it is my debut book, and secondly, because it captures the emotional vulnerability of women in our society.
I have observed it up-close, women just can’t let it go. No matter how many times an abuser apologises, there is no change in the status quo. It’s like a leopard never changing its spot. The victim has to take that first step to break-free, then only they would find the strength to move ahead in life.
Though it’s a grave issue but I have tried to handle it in a light-hearted manner in the book.
A brief description of the book and its main characters.
RS: There are two main themes which I wanted to highlight in Take 2, firstly the plight of women who were divorced or thinking of divorce, and secondly the co-existence of conservative and modern India.
Take 2 is about Priya, who is a small town, intelligent girl, for whom ethics and family values hold an important place in life. The story revolves around her struggle to carve a life for herself braving the conservative society and realizing that the choice to be happy remains with her.
Abhimanyu’s character was conceived to compliment Priya. He is far more mature than his age. If you are in love with someone you have to nurture it by showing support, care and affection. And that is what Abhimanyu does for Priya. I have tried to bring out that sentiment in the story along with some drama to entertain the readers.
And since I am an eternally optimistic person and all my stories would have HEA. I also admit to bringing a bit of Bollywood to make it a light read.
What are your writing fads or quirks?
RS: I can’t move ahead until all the colourful wriggly lines (the MS editor throws) are resolved in the paragraph/ line that I have written. My friends tell me to switch off the editor, but my conscious doesn’t allow me to.
Thanks, Ruchi. Emotional and physical abuse in any relationship is a grave issue and needs to be brought into open. I am glad you have chosen to write about it in a relatable and light manner. It was lovely having you here.
This interview is a part of the Book Club Tour for Ruchi’s book. Here are the details. Do check it out.
Instantly attracted to Priya, Abhimanyu knows getting involved with a married woman is inviting trouble. But despite common sense, cautions and hesitations, he is drawn to help her.
Happily ever after has become a myth for Priya and trying to keep the relationship platonic is becoming more and more difficult for Abhimanyu.
In the tussle between ethics, fears and desires… will Priya embrace a second chance at happiness?