Interview with Richa Kashyap
Lights, Camera, Action
Me: This is your debut novel. How does it feel?
Richa: It feels great! And I love the fact that my first book is about the cause I strongly advocate, which is “adoption of Indian dogs”.
Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer? (And was there a particular moment you thought, ‘I can do this!’?)
Richa: I have always loved reading stories, but I was not sure I had it in me to narrate a story.
Me: Some of our readers might not know much about Puma: A Soldier’s Dog. Are you able to tell us a bit about it?
Richa: Yes of course! Puma is the story of an Indie (Desi Dog) who is adopted by an Indian army officer. Puma gets inspired by his surroundings to become a canine commando & serve the nation. But there are multiple challenges that he has to face at every stage of his life – but he does not give up. To know whether he becomes a canine commando or not, you will have to read the story. It is a simple story about grit, determination, and faith – I would love kids & young adults to read it.
Me: The book is written from the perspective of your narrator, Puma. Had you always planned to write the novel in this way?
Richa: No, in the first draft, there were two parallel narratives, one of Puma & other of Major Arjun. But when we started to fine tune the draft, my publisher and I discussed switching solely to Puma’s narrative. Maybe Major Arjun’s narrative could be another book. I am just thinking aloud!
Me: Talk to us about your writing routine; what is a typical writing day for you?
Richa: Well! I am not a full-time author. I have a day job too. I work as a Communications Manager in an IT company. So, there is never a fixed routine for writing beyond work. But for Puma, I mostly wrote late at night or over the weekend.
Me: What inspires you to write?
Richa: I write satires on my blog. Most of my writing is about the hypocrisy of my fellow mortals. Puma also touches upon the subject.
Me: What is the hardest part of writing? And the best part about it?
Richa: The hardest part for me is getting into the right frame of mind. Writing is not an easy job.
The best part about writing is, you can create God or demon, whatever you wish, through your words. It’s empowering.
Me: Why did you write Puma: A Soldier’s Dog?
Richa: I have two Indie dogs. In a party, someone very sarcastically asked me why I feed expensive food to my desi dogs. I was extremely offended; but then, as I started observing around, I realized it is futile to have a one-on-one conversation about “discrimination against Indie dogs”. It is a larger discussion that needs to be addressed from a bigger platform. That’s how the idea to write “Puma: A Soldier’s Dog” came into existence.
Me: What’s your favorite novel?
Richa: At different stages in life, I have had different preferences. But I can tell you that I can go back to Amitav Ghosh and Ruskin Bond’s books at all stages in my life. It is impossible for me to choose ‘one favorite book’ though!
Me: Is there a book you would have liked to have written?
Richa: Harry Potter. I wish I had that magic in me.
Me: What’s your favorite quote from a book?
Richa: There are two and I can’t choose between them:
“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.
– Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland
For you a thousand times over
– Khaled Hosseini in The Kite Runner
Me: What are the books you want to treasure?
Richa: When I enter a bookstore, I am like a kid in a candy store. If I could, I would live inside a library.
Me: Why do you think people should read more?
Richa: Traveling & reading are the only two ways through which you overcome life’s monotony. What is the fun in the known and the seen?
About the Author
Richa Kashyap works as a Communications Manager with an IT firm. She loves reading software manuals and poetry alike. She claims to be an introvert; almost everybody around her disagrees with her opinion of herself. Richa loves a freshly brewed cup of green tea, star gazing and conversations about life and after-life and she hates chai latte, public speaking, and mushy love stories. She is married to an Indian army officer. She is also a mother to two Indie boys: Mars Kashyap Bhaskar and Pluto Kashyap Bhaskar, who share her and her husband’s last names.
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