The event kicked off with a welcoming note and a brief introduction about the author by Publisher and Editor of Pan Macmillan India, Saugata Mukherjee. This was followed by an enlightening interaction between the author Rupa Bajwa and Padma Shri winner Urvashi Butalia who discussed everything right from Rupa's love for writing, her motivation, how this book was different from her previous best-seller and about the kind of a response she expects from her readers.
"Writing comes naturally to me. I am not a control freak, when I am writing I am very together. I never get upset as an author, but as a person I do. I don't react if people say my canvas is small because I am an instinctive writer and not someone who would first decide on the city, then characters and then the symbolism or metaphors to be used in it," said Rupa on her writing style.
Bajwa's latest book, Tell Me A Story, comes eight years after her first successful novel, The Sari Shop. The book is about a ninth standard dropout Rani, a very cheerful young woman who loves working in a local beauty parlour.
The story emphasis on how her life changes as needs arise and financial problems faced by her and her family escalate. This story gives its readers an insight into Rani's journey of love and loss and about how events unfold as this woman from Amritsar finds herself living in Delhi.
Talking about inspiration behind the book and characters, Rupa revealed, "Writing is a very serious business for me. I feel you should write about what you know for instance my first book was set in Amritsar and this book is set half in Amritsar and half of it is set in Delhi. I have also lived in Kolkata and Bangalore and I write what comes to my mind. You must let the novel and the characters be."