SUMMARY OF NOVEMBER 2016 BOOK CLUB MEETING

SUMMARY OF NOVEMBER 2016 BOOK CLUB MEETING                                                                 

The guest author for November was Royina Grewal who spoke about her book Babur, Conqueror of Hindustan. The meeting started with an impressive audio visual clip, a presentation about the book after which Ms Grewal told us how she went about her novel. As this was her first work of fiction, she described how it gave her a great sense of freedom after her previous works which were basically non fiction. Research on history and historical events provided the structural framework  for the stories she has woven around the characters in the book. She explained how her six Son et Lumiere productions which she had conceived, scripted and directed in the past, had helped her pick certain historical events and conceptualize them for her book. Babur comes across in her narrative as a poet, a warrior, a writer, a lover and an inspiring general and Humayun as the gentle yet valiant prince. Her descriptions were interesting and brought to life the Moghul era. She read some excerpts from her book.

 She then went on to tell the audience how with the new social media options, publishers want writers to produce novellas instead of full length books. This lead to an interesting discussion in which members of the audience also participated.   Many felt that there is no substitute for serious books but in summing up, it was felt that the in the future the novella could well be a more popular option.