I never thought I'd see myself in a character so much--a little bit of a control freak, someone caught between destiny and choice, someone who has moments of grace but mostly moments of blurting out witty comments...Enter Winnie Mehta.
Winnie has dated a boy named Raj, who she believed was the man who would fulfill a prophecy about her love life...until they break up. Caught between what destiny has predicted for her and what she wants in life, the story explores the life of a high school senior as she navigates her life as a Bollywood movie, relates everything back to Bollywood, and lives out her own destiny.
Nisha Sharma knocks it out of the park, both with her descriptions of our culture and with the story itself. There's something so outlandish about Bollywood movies--the dancing, the songs, the melodrama, the overdone reactions, and the colors--and there's something so seamless about how she weaves it into the story. As she mentions time and again, the love of Bollywood isn't a love...
Like any field, as you delve into becoming a professional, you meet people along the way who change your perception of what you're doing and how you're doing it.
Nisha Sharma is one of those people for me.
An author, a lawyer, an advocate, all while juggling a movie deal for her first novel My So-Called Bollywood Life (out May 15th!), an upcoming wedding, and of course, her love of Bollywood and dancing...If you want a role model or someone to take some serious planner tips from, Nisha is your girl.
I'm so lucky to speak with her today...and I'd recommend you follow her on Twitter (she's hilarious!) @nishawrites and on Instagram at @nishasharmawrites. Her website can be found at www.nisha-sharma.com (it's SO CUTE!).
Give us the deets...who are you? What do you stand for? To quote John Green...tell us "your story. Your hobbies, your passions, your weird fetishes."
First, thank you so much for having me! You’re one of my favorite book people, so I’m so glad we could do this interview.
HAPPY DIWALI, everyone! I hope this coming year brings you everything you could want. Now...what is Diwali? In India, it's the Festival of Lights--diyas or butter lamps light every nook and cranny of the home, gifts are handed out to anyone and everyone, and the food...Mmm, the food! If India didn't have a huge pollution problem and hadn't banned pyrotechnics, there would be fireworks equaling the Fourth of July celebrations in the United States :) Diwali is associated with the inner triumphs of good over evil--Indian mythology speaks of tales of victories in battle between gods and demons. But you don't have to be Hindu or even South Asian to enjoy the amazing aspects of Diwali. Here are some ways to partake in the festivities and expose yourself to a new culture rather than fearing something so new that you don't try!
1) Light a lamp. Lighting a firecracker or an oil or butter lamp is what everyone in India does to celebrate finding the light of goodness within oneself and in others....