Author: Malika Gandhi
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: January 2012
A storm is coming our way; I feel the change. The heart is hardening. Gandhi has come and has made his decision.
I see Rakesh, my dear friend, ready and willing. Dev’s life will never be the same after this; I worry – there is fire in this eyes. Amit and Sunil, it’s not fair they get caught in this fight and I, Pooja, never dreamt what became of my life…
Death and sacrifice is knocking on India’s doors. The British Raj needs to go and the Indians must have their country back. Re-live the determination that dwelled in the hearts of the natives as they fought hard and long. Follow the five individuals as they face fear, love, sacrifice and hate.
Welcome to the Shut Up & Read blog Malika!
When did you first know you wanted to write?
When I read my first Roald Dahl book, although I don't quite remember which one! :0)
Where did the idea come from for Freedom of the Monsoon?
The idea came to me when I was watching a briliant Bollywood movie called 1942 A Love Story, which was a blockbuster hit! It surrounded the theme of Indian Independence and the Quit India Movement and was very thought provoking.
How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
In my family, only accountants, businessmen and bankers exsist, so no one has influenced me into writing. I have always loved to read and my mother told me she always read to me as a child. Reading the books made me aware of the love to write and back then, I always told myself that I wanted to be an author.
Have you learned anything from writing your book?
In terms of writing, I have learnt the correct way to write - punctuation, formatting, sentences that make sense and which don't.
I wrote a few drafts and edited many times until I was satisfied.
I also learnt more about the Independence Era 1942-1947 and before, the British Raj, the lifestyle, the misery and the joy.
I learnt how to express myself and make the page come to life with the power of distinct writing.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I listen to music, meditate and perform Yoga. It is very beneficial the state to mind and for the soul.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I have always loved painting and dabble in oils, acrylics and watercoulours. I sketch as well.
Do you have any advice for budding writers?
My advice is to always be patient. A book is an art form and cannot be rushed. Be creative and vigilant and always look forward, not backwards.
Where do you hope to see yourself in the next five years?
I hope to have written several books which have gained success! I also hope to catch the eye of a film director - I would love to see Freedom of the Monsoon turned into a Bollywood film!
About the Author:
Malika Gandhi lives with her husband and two sons in the East Midlands, UK. She is a homemaker and in between caring for her family, she writes her books and dabbles in a little painting too. She loves to experiment with different mediums, such as oils, acrylic and watercolour.
Malika was born in India but moved to London when she was two, where her father was already settled. She travelled with her mother and brother.
Malika has lived in London, studied in Southampton and moved to Leicester after her marriage, which is where her husband and his family live. A girl moves in with her in-laws after marriage, at least for a short time.
Malika loves to watch movies, visits art and history museums and is curious about the universe.