“Dinaz Dastur”- A Tribute to the Parsis

In “It Can’t Be You”, Dinaz Dastur is my small tribute to India’s Parsi community. Every community has its stereotypes and the Hindi movies when I was growing up unfortunately showed the Parsi almost always in comical light. The men were doddering people with thick spectacles who were easily fooled and the women were stout and gregarious. In Dinaz, I have tried to characterize a young, beautiful and talented Parsi woman. Some of them are truly beautiful. Continue reading

It Could Be You!!

A few flashes from the past yesterday led me to think of trying to capture who might have, if at all, influenced the characters in It Can’t Be You. This is by no means a comprehensive list. It’s more a collection of thoughts as they came by. Here goes…”Reggie” Rege perhaps came from a Col. Rege who I knew in the early 70’s. One of my School friends, an Old Lawrencian served in his Regiment.

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God is in the Details

At a recent book reading, someone asked me “How did you manage to keep track of all the characters in your novel over many years? Was there any particular method you used?”. The short answer is meticulous notes on ages, events, and so on. Make sure you get it all right. You can’t have someone be aged 35 in a particular year and be shown as being 45 a few years earlier somewhere else in the novel !! Continue reading