Kiran Khalap is someone who is in persistent (but not pathological) pursuit of creativity (“To create is to unite” Teilhard de Chardin) at body, mind and spirit levels, leading to exploration of teaching in an experimental school inspired by J Krishnamurti, yoga, meditation, travel writing, feature writing, poetry in Marathi, rock climbing, creativity workshops, mind-body workshops, brand creation and of course, literary fiction.
His new novel Two Pronouns and a Verb published by Amaryllis is about the perennial question: Who am I? It’s also a triangle of love and anger, with two childhood friends Arjun, the doubter, and Dhruv, the believer, at two vertices and Eva of variable love torn between the two. It’s the story of friends unspooling their destinies along separate paths, crisscrossing through memory, yearning and near-greatness, as each struggles to answer their first and last question. Watch part 1 and subsequent parts of Kiran Khalap at the Kala Ghoda festival at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNNc2YeM91c&feature=relmfu
Soaring into heaven moment:
I have a manufacturing defect that prevents soaring into heaven, but I did float higher than my usual two-inches-off-the-ground when I got the reactions like these from strangers and friends alike.
It was proof that the book was a finger pointing to the moon as I desired, and not elsewhere.
1. A mother: “… forces you to reflect and struggle to answer so many of the questions the characters are faced with.”
2. Her 17-year-old daughter, “…gave me an insight into the way different people react to the same things differently.”
3. A lawyer, “You see an Every one in Every body.”
4. An English teacher: “Congratulations on a brilliant work of art and may the Muse never abandon you!”
5. An author: “…it was like reading one of the greats”
That infernal fire time:
Will it connect at all three levels: language, plot, philosophy?
Will local references slow down the narrative or deepen the authenticity?
Will the subtext weigh down the story or lend ballast?
Will not fitting into a genre differentiate or alienate?
Will the three voices of the three characters be distinct enough?
Doubt is the pole the author carried on his funambulist trip;-)
The purgatory point:
Waiting for publishers to make up their minds.
My day-job involves paid communication, and the First Principle is the receiver should either love it or hate it; indifference as a reaction is death guaranteed.
I like it when publishers use two pronouns and a verb, “I love it” or “I hate it” (cf: title of the book;-)) and am confused by the US-style gerund-response, “Interesting!”
Four years, three drafts and 63,000 words thereafter, would you do this differently and again?
Not really. In hindsight, most of the work on re-working looks inevitable. The drafts were to evaluate first person vs third person versions and were necessary to do, even though that meant a change in the order of the chapters, style and detail.
What does Kiran Khalap the writer
Fear the most?
Miscommunicating. One reviewer referred to the book as “an uninspiring love story”. To me that’s total miscommunication: it is a voyage of self-discovery, love is a consequence.
Desire the most?
Connecting. Meeting individuals who believe the individual brings about change, not the collective; individuals who look for answers within rather than without.
Hate the most?
Nothing. Am indifferent to most people and their opinions.