Author Interview- Shiv Kapoor

1. Can you tell us a little about your book?
Prem Says Yes To Shaadi is a hilarious yet realistic tale about two Indian families, wittingly touching upon the complex subject of the various myths and beliefs that the Indians hold, conveniently termed as the “Indian mentality” towards the institution of marriage. It sheds light on the social and fun customs as well as the harsh realities of the Indian traditions and their subtle veracities. In this book, the readers get a detailed glimpse into the culture of the Indian society, along with its various good and not-so-good aspects, all the while dramatically witnessing the inevitable generation gap that causes
conflicts in the families of today’s India. But above everything else, we get to see how love conquers everyone’s heart, uniting them over differences in caste, culture, and status.

2. Is there a specific event that inspired this story or was this an out of the blue idea?
The first scene of the book is an actual experience that gave birth to the idea of writing a book, explaining the madness that revolved around an individual who is 27 and single unmarried.

3. What got you writing in the first place?
After switching from CA to the field of content writing, I started exploring different spaces. I had to write a script for video content for one of our clients. It was the first time I had worked on the narrative thread, and it was so exciting that I didn’t want to get out of the zone. At that time, I wrote and published my first short story.

4. What was your impression of your first draft when you read it?
It’s always a challenge to complete the first draft, and I was happy I did it. I still have my first draft, and I have a few unexplored passages in there. So, yeah. It was special.

5. Which part of your story connects the most with you? Why?
The sarcasm pinpointed in the novel about the unnecessary obligations in India when we talk about marriages. Connect with it; living it.

6. What makes your book the one to read?
The Bollywoodish Big Fat Indian Wedding theme is what we all love, and the book is a fun read. So, I think it should click well.

7. What was the best advice you got while writing?
Enjoy writing the first draft without thinking about what’s right or wrong. Just keep writing and complete the first draft.

8. Who’s your all-time favourite author? Which book of his/hers made you fall in love with them?
Shiv A Kapoor. Prem Says Yes To Shaadi is his only published book now. So, this author. 

9. What is your evergreen tip to the writers out there?
If you don’t enjoy what you are writing, don’t write it. 

10.  What was your hardest scene to write?
Emotional scene. It is challenging to write one convincingly.

11. Do you have another plot brewing? 
Yes, two are complete, and I am editing the third one. Hopefully, they will be published before the year ends.

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