Kolkata, June 20 (IBNS): Oxford Bookstore in association with Random House Publishers India Pvt. Ltd on Tuesday hosted an interactive session on the novel ‘How About a Sin Tonight?’ written by Novoneel Chakraborty.
The occasion was graced by author-cum-filmmaker Rahul Saini.
The novel ‘How About a Sin Tonight?’ presents a complex tale of love, hatred, passion and dreams based in the dark lanes of Bollywood.
When asked what made him zero in on such a backdrop, Novoneel said: “One of the main reasons for choosing Bollywood as background was because I wanted something that will hit the readers.”
“I wanted to catch exactly what happens in urban life. I used to visit lot of places, used to imagine lots of things and had talk with so many artists.”
Commenting on the book, Novoneel said: “My book tells about five different characters. I like topics that scare me. Choosing a topic like this was natural.”
“Actually there were six characters in the book. Another role was of a Pakistani girl but the part was chopped off. I wanted to attach domestic violence but eventually had to chop off that part completely,” revealed the author.
“All my books are romantic thrillers and the female characters are very strong. Because, I believe women have different layers and I have learned innumerable things from the women surrounding me, be it my mom or others. ”
His last two books ‘A thing Beyond Forever’ and ‘That Kiss in the Rain’ are also love stories with thriller angle. So when quizzed why, he said: “I get emotionally aroused when I write such stories.”
“My books are emotional thrillers because I easily get bored so I try to keep things interesting. For me, writing such stories is conscious.”
“Moreover, I want my readers to enter my world and it’s my responsibility to keep them hooked into my story.”
He said a story should contain 'events after events' then only readers will keep on reading it with interest.
Talking about the reason for christening his book as ‘How About a Sin Tonight?, he said: “Actually, it comes as a dialogue in the story. And that part is very important. I cry whenever I read that part.”
There is a trend of adopting novels into films, so asked if he too is ready for such an idea.
He said: “If any director wants to turn my book into a film then I am game. But the director must have proper vision. He will have to assure me that he will take my book forward. It will have to complement my book. “
When asked about any favourite author whose style he follows he said: “I have myriad favorite authors but I think if you go under someone’s shadow it becomes difficult to bring your originality.”