Mukul Deva talks to Curious Book Fans

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In addition to a review of his three books we publish this mini interview with India’s literary storm trooper and one of the pioneers of the Indian thriller novel, Mukul Deva.

Mukul DevaCBF: When did you realise there was a need for an Indian thriller?

Mukul Deva: It is surprising that for a country with a such a rich military tradition Indians have not attempted this genre before. More so since the sub-continent is positively teeming with a wealth of story ideas that are absolutely ideal for this genre.

CBF: What put the idea into your head?

Mukul Deva: It was the terror bombings in Delhi that set me off on this path. I felt there was a pressing need to tell the REAL story behind the terror India has faced the last three decades and instinct told me it would be best told through this genre.

CBF: Any writer you find particulary inspiring?

Mukul Deva: You mean other than myself…:) Well, I love Salinger.

CBF: Any differences between Indian thriller audiences and western audiences?

Mukul Deva: But of course. The major one being the setting. Most readers who write in to me feel very ‘at home’ with the story lines I have used in the LASHKAR series. It is hard to talk about others since how many Indian thrillers are really out there – so how does one compare.

CBF: Do you see your books reaching an international market?

Mukul Deva: Eventually – Inshallah… sooner than later…:)

Thanks to Mukul Deva and Anjana Basu for making this mini-interview for all curious book fans. You can read the review of Mukul Deva’s books by following this link.

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Written by Anjana Basu
Anjana Basu

Anjana Basu works as an advertising consultant in Calcutta. In 2003, Harper Collins India brought out her novel Curses In Ivory. In 2004, she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland where she worked on her second novel, Black Tongue, published by Roli in 2007. In February 2010. her children's novel Chinku and the Wolfboy was brought out by Roli. She writes features for travel magazines and reviews for Indian newspapers.

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