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Women in workplaces and other themes in Yashodhara Lal’s latest book

books Updated: Dec 15, 2016 18:30 IST
Nikita Saxena
Yashodhara Lal

Author Yashodhara Lal says that her first book was around her marriage and second was based on the characters and relationships she observed.

Equality for women in the workplace has always been a subject of debate.The complexities of the issue form the crux of author Yashodhara Lal’s latest novel, When Love Finds You.

Why did Lal feel the need to explore the theme? “There is a lot of complexity in the workplace that should get talked about,” says the author. “One of the reasons why I couldn’t make my first job work was the non-flexibility in organisational policies for women. I have experienced all kinds of bosses and worked in places which were not-so-conducive for an employee.

The protagonist of the story is Natasha— a strong-minded corporate woman, who is very hard on her team. “Natasha is clear about the fact that she wants to succeed and has no time for love in her life,” says Lal.

“I had written my book’s first draft a few years ago. But the character of Natasha, that I created, was so dislikeable that I myself didn’t like her. When I re-read it a few years later, I made her character less harsh and then resumed writing the book.” she adds.

The book also has a bold take on relationships. “My protagonist is dating a single father. It’s a bold theme because we still don’t have this culture in India. I wanted to explore how this relationship will unfold,” she says.

The author’s latest work revolves around equality for women in the workplace.

Her works draw inspiration from her personal experiences. “My first book was around my marriage and second was based on the characters and relationships I observed. This one revolves around a significant part of my life, which is my career. It took my second pregnancy and two major surgeries to realise that life is short. Make sure you achieve what matters the most to you,” she says.