Granthana Sinha has written mystery thrillers such as: The Unrelated Murders, “Where Did He Go?”-Fading in a Hade, etc. She finds writing immensely enjoyable and believes it to be a meditative process. An expert at writing mystery thrillers, for this contest she finds herself dabbling in lighter territories. Her story ‘White Sherwani, Blue Lehenga’ is an entry for a the contest titled, “Big Fat Indian Wedding”. Her story is a fun-filled read which will keep readers hooked and charmed till the end.
Amidst the grandeur of a lavish wedding, Vaishali figures out a secret that leaves her both shocked and uncomfortable. Caught in a weird dilemma, she only has a few minutes to decide what is the right course of action. What decision should she make, and does she even know what the truth really is?
You can read it here.
1. Your story is Editor’s Pick of the Week. Please tell us more about it and its inspiration.
I usually love writing stories which fall under the mystery-thriller genre. But I wanted to try writing a lighter, fun-filled short for a change, and the prompt which eventually led me to pen down ‘White Sherwani, Blue Lehenga’, seemed absolutely perfect. The story is inspired by the fact that when thousands of people gather for a grand celebratory event, there are several lesser known and often unnoticed incidents, which occur simultaneously. Being both the narrator and the protagonist of my story, Vaishali unwittingly learns of one such incident while attending a grand wedding in Jaipur. What follows is a tale of confusion and curiosity, with two little twists at the very end.
2. Do you have any particular rules or rituals you follow as a writer?
I believe writing to be just another form of meditation. It calms my mind and also helps me stay in a constant creative state of discovering and rediscovering ideas and thoughts. I never believe in any particular rule or norm for writing, but I usually find the peaceful hours of the night to be the most inspiring and productive ones.
3. What got you interested in becoming a writer? Where do you go for inspiration?
Writing poems had always been a part of my childhood, but it wasn’t until high school that I started with my first book. Back then, the art of writing stories had undoubtedly fascinated me, yet the craft had taken an unfortunate backseat, while I started working for a global financial company.
It was solely my Mum who believed I should take some time off for what I truly loved doing and concentrate back on the things that lifted my spirits. She literally dusted my drafts, encouraged me to start writing with renewed enthusiasm, and was, is and will always be my one true source of inspiration and positivity.
4. What’s that one piece written by you, which is your all-time favourite?
Being a 90’s kid, I grew up in a world parallel and simultaneous to the Harry Potter universe.
While in high school, as a huge fan of the series- the idea of creating a magical, fantasy world of my own, was what got me started on my first novel. Over the years, my fantasy-thriller story has undergone as much change as I have, but has eventually inspired me to create a trilogy based on my own mystical universe. And although my series is still a ‘work-in-progress’ and yet to be published, that story continues to remain one of my dearest creations ever.
5. Your bestselling authors and books list. Why do they make it to your list?
I love books by Mary Higgins Clark and James Hadley Chase for their unique ways of creating intrigue and suspense. Plus, of all the amazing stories by Agatha Christie, ‘The Murder on the Orient Express’, ‘The Clocks’, ‘Taken at the Flood’, ‘Dead Man’s Folly’ are my all time favorites and I can never get over how ingenious the plots are. I also enjoy novels by Sidney Sheldon, Dan Brown and Irving Wallace for their superb narrative. I’ve read several fantasy and futuristic novels by J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lauren Kate, Meg Cabot, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Stephenie Meyer and simply love the simplicity and beauty with which the complex plots have been unfolded by these brilliant authors. Although the list is truly long, my book list will always stay incomplete without a mention of J.K. Rowling – I can never express how awed I am by her stories and how much I would still love to be a part of Hogwarts.
6. Any writing tips you’d like to share with fellow writers?
The best writing tip ever is – “Write!” If one enjoys the craft, they should just continue with the process and not give up even if they face challenges while penning down a story. If there is an idea in your head and you want to share that with the world – just start writing. It is your tale, and there can never be a ‘wrong version’ of that. No matter how it turns out, don’t get disappointed or give up. Research stuff, read a lot, think through your ideas and just move on to a new project. Never shy away from telling a story. Just remember the saying – “If you don’t say it, nobody else will!”