Namrata Gupta, who graduated from Hans Raj College this year, released her first book, ‘A Silent Promise’ recently. The book was released by Mr. Petko Doykov, the Ambassador of Bulgaria at Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi.
Here are a few excerpts from the chat we had with the author:
So you have written your first book, how does it feel?
Namrata: I always wanted to write a book. I used to read all these novels andattend authors’ lectures. That always made me realise that it takes a lot to write a book. Now, being on the other side of the fence, having written my first one, it feels great and exciting.
I am sure it does. So tell me something about your book?
The book is basically about the journey of a young college fresher, Avantika, who has faced a lot of emotional trouble in the past and is initially unable to keep up with it. Through a series of trials and tribulations, happiness and sorrows, unexpected events and mundane conversations, she regains a sense of who she is and what it means to be alive.
Sometimes we come across a person in our life who makes us see what life is in the true sense. Avantika finds one such individual in an unusual companion who makes her realise that there is much greater happiness and sadness in the world than her own. The book captures the journey of the young girl as she grows into an individual who looks at life with all its different aspects and realises what her purpose is. She starts her journey by helping those who are close to her and thinks that by doing so, she can achieve great things in life and can also make a difference in the life of others.
Sounds fascinating! I am sure a lot of effort went into writing the book. That makes me curious so as to how did the idea behind the book come about?
I don’t know if this will sound convincing but I was in urgent need of help from a friend regarding some matter one day but my friend was not able to help me due to some reason. Just when I thought that she was the only person who could help me with the problem, I received help from a completely random and unexpected source. I then realised that anyone could be your white knight. Anyone can come to your rescue and change the way you look at life. This also forms the central idea behind the book.
That’s great! And you completely convinced me. So Namrata, being a Delhi University graduate, does your book have something for the University students?
Yes yes. DU students surely have a lot to look forward to in the novel. The novel is replete with instances from Delhi University. The campus life foregrounds the novel. DU classrooms, favourite hangout spots, the parties and the fun, everything finds a space in the novel. All of this makes the novel realistic and easy to relate to.
I am sure that calls for a great readership. Now that the book has been released, what are your expectations from the book?
I am not expecting too much at the moment but I do hope that the book will do well. Let’s see. Fingers crossed.
I know it’s still early, but how has been the response so far?
Pretty good actually. People really liked it, and I have had a great feedback from them. But still early to be declared a best seller.
Any chances of a sequel?
That depends on the further response to the book. If I get an overall good response then yes definitely. Otherwise, I will continue to write. If not a sequel, then an entirely new story.
The book can also be bought at major offline stores like Landmark and Crossword.