Writer-Writer Parinda Joshi shares her writing tips, love for books and more

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Popular Indian author Parinda Joshi’s new book, “A House Full of Men”, was released in 2021. A fun read, the book follows Kittu who is the only woman in her family, as she navigates through casual sexism and life. Interestingly, Parinda Joshi is not a writer by training, and “A House Full of Men” is her fourth book. His third novel “Made In China” has been adapted into a film starring Rajkummar Rao, Boman Irani, Paresh Rawal, Mouni Roy among others. And the author had contributed as a screenwriter to the film adaptation of her book.

In an exclusive interview, we asked Parinda for her writing tips for aspiring writers who would like to hone their skills and get published. To that, she replied, “For aspiring writers, I would like to tell them that it takes a lot to read to understand the craft of writing a novel. There is so much information on the Internet; interact with like-minded people. , join writing groups, be open to comments, this is the best way to learn. ”

She added: “My advice to them would be to make sure they have a solid foundation in terms of the story – if the idea isn’t unique, the perspective should be. Plus, be authentic about what your character wants, their injuries, their world, their biggest obstacles. Put a lot of time and thought into creating a character cast. One mistake many first-time writers make is that they put a lot of time and thought into creating a character cast. only a lot of effort into the protagonist and the others end up becoming cardboard characters, which doesn’t allow for an immersive experience. And finally, all the subplots have to be tied together at the end. ”

Sharing her love for writing and books, she also answered a few quick questions we asked. Here are the answers to a few quick questions:

1. Something you discovered about yourself while working from home during the pandemic?
That I can’t stop eating! (Laughs)

2. A book that you read recently?
“The beautiful world, where are you” by Sally Rooney

3. How do you deal with stress?
I go for a run in the morning and I do yoga. I also consume a lot of humor – I did stand-up shows before, but now I watch them on YouTube, read funny books, watch shows or movies. My dad has a good sense of humor and I guess I inherited some of it.

4. What’s the next step?
I’m working on a House Full series. I’m working on the next book where the men have been replaced by someone else!

5. Tell us about some of the best books you read during the pandemic.
I started reading Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s books on the pandemic. I also always recommend the books by Jhumpa Lahiri, Upamanyu Chatterjee and PG Wodehouse. In the non-fiction, I read Rana Dasgupta’s ‘Solo’. And I discovered the works of Sally Rooney during the pandemic.

6. I write because …

It brings me unprecedented joy and happiness.

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