In Conversation with Aparna Sinha – Author of Ashvamedha

Aparna Sinha wrote her first poem when she was seven, which she recited on All India Radio. Since then, her literary work and industry specific articles have been published in various media, including reputed business magazines across Asia.

Equipped with a Master’s in management, when she was forced to quit her lucrative job because of a chronic disease, she focused on her sole passion – writing. Ashvamedha is her debut novel which has earned a lot of accolade.

Tell us something about yourself. What does writing mean to you?

Born and raised in city of Allahabad, by academician father (his book has won the national award) and writer mother; I was always a dreamer and always a story teller. Writing to me is way of life. I express myself better in writing; I find story in everything I see; everyone I meet. So for me writing is like breathing. Very crucial.

The theme you have chosen for your book Ashvamedha is very complex and unique. How did you come up with the idea?

My husband and I were discussing on “power of power” over a dinner date, when the idea came in his mind, which clicked. Two years after the discussion, I wrote a whole story around his idea.

You were not in your best of health while writing the book. What gave you the strength to pursue your passion of writing?

Maybe it was the condition of my health  that gave me strength to write. The book  could only happen because I was hit by chronic disorder, which forced me to quit my job; while the world/society felt sorry for me for losing my perfect skin to a disease, which may or may not cure, I used the time to write the novel.  I recuperated as the book finished. Even though my body still carries marks of that illness, but it doesn’t remind me of pain and sleepless nights; it has made me strong and I thank god for that.

Who are your favourite authors? Are there any new authors that have captivated your interest?

I have list of favorite authors- Charles, Dickens, Ivan Turgenev, Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky, Kahlil Gibran, Oscar Wilde, GB Shaw, Parsai. In Thriller- Robert Ludlum, Alistair Mclean, Michael Crichton, more contemporary ones are- Aravind Adiga, Khaled Hossein, in Thriller- John Grisham, Dan Brown…

The way the story of Ashvamedha has ended, it seems a sequel is in offering? If yes, when can we expect it to hit the market?

Yes. You guessed it write the end was consciously decided so a sequel can happen, however I am not sure when it will hit the market; as of now I am working on another thriller.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Read, there is nothing that broadens a vision as much as reading. Try different genres; buy books promote authors you love.

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