About the Author
From the Publisher
How does it feel to have your first book out? Elated! Releasing a book in these uncertain times during the pandemic has been challenging but it also leaves me with a sense of hope that one can realize their dream against any odds, with a bit of patience and perseverance.
What inspired the book? Well, my grandmother’s incredible storytelling inspired this book. I grew up listening to fascinating tales, especially from the snowy peaks of Kumaon, in Uttarakhand, where she spent her childhood. Her stories were a beautiful way to stay in touch with my Himalayan roots. I also wanted to pass on this legacy to my daughter, which gave me to final impetus to write this book.
Who are your favorite writers? I love Rudyard Kipling, Roald Dahl, Ruskin Bond, RK Narayan – these were my childhood favorites. But I also enjoy Haruki Murakami, Hemmingway, Kurt Vonnegut and Oscar Wilde.
Has the art of storytelling changed? There will always be new genres and new styles of storytelling but the art of telling the story evocatively, in a way that it connects directly with the reader, can never change. Genres and reading habits may change but the art of good storytelling will not.
What is so magical about the mountains? Must be the crisp, icy breeze laden with the heady aroma of alpine flora, or perhaps watching the muddy snow melt slowly to reveal iridescent green meadows underneath, makes it appear magical. Even the birds sing a sweeter tune in the mountains.
What’s your idea of a perfect day? Maybe a solitary mountainside picnic, beside a gurgling stream. A lot of sweet treats and a good book would make it perfect.