Source : Deccan Chronicle
Anjali Kirpalani’s book 19 Till I Die makes one nostalgic about one’s teenage years.
Anjali Kirpalani’s book 19 Till I Die makes one nostalgic about one’s teenage years. The book tells the story of four protagonists, Zaid, Fiona, Rachna and Tia who find themselves at the University of Guelph in Canada, where adventure awaits them, as well as love. Never Say Never was Anjali’s first novel, followed by Written in the Stars. The author opens up about her book, and more.
When did the idea for the book germinate?
After my second book, I found myself reminiscing about my carefree, happy, University days. And I decided to write a book about teenagers at the cusp of their twenties. There’s a charm to being a teenager and being young when the possibilities are endless. I wanted to write about that.
Why 19 Till I Die? Are you a Brian Adams fan?
I think every Indian who was born in the 80s is a Bryan Adams fan on some level! But the reason for the title was that I felt people always glorify the so-called ‘landmark’ ages; 16, 18, 21, 30… but for me personally, 19 was one of the best years of my life. That’s when I got to be an exchange student in Canada and have new experiences and adventures.
One fictional character close to your heart and why?
Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice is a character I’ve had a crush on since I was 13. He’s the perfect guy; he ends up being a really nice guy who would go to any length to make the person he’s in love with happy.
Advice for aspiring writers?
Believe in yourself. It’s natural to doubt your abilities when you’re a writer. But when you have a story that you feel passionately about that you simply must share with the world, trust yourself. Believe that your story is worth telling and then write it to the best of your ability. Also, write the book that you would want to read.