Author Ashwin Sanghi took the audience behind the scenes of his latest book, Private Delhi, on Friday.
The second book in the India-centric Private series, it is a sequel to Private India (2014) and continues to follow the life of fictional private investigator, Santosh Wagh.
The Private series is the brainchild of New York Times best-selling author, James Patterson and Sanghi and Patterson have collaborated on it.
“James has collaborated with many regional authors for the series. The stories are all rooted in places the local authors belong to. For instance, there are Private Sydney and Private LA books as well. I work on the India series,” said Sanghi, speaking at the David Sassoon Library gardens at an HDFC Home Loans literature event held as part of the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.
A psychological thriller, Private Delhi sees protagonist Santosh Wagh fight to prove his innocence after being accused of killing his childhood friend.
“My research took me to the most bizarre places,” the author said. “I’ve had to visit a morgue. I also had to log into the dark net.”
It is this experiential writing, combined with Patterson’s action sequences, that has made the books so popular, and many in the audience on Friday were fans of Sanghi. “I love The Krishna Key. I’m here to get my copy signed by him,” said Arushi P, a writer from Chembur, waiting in line with a number of other audience members to meet Sanghi after the session.
“I’ve read a few others from The Private series and I was very impressed by Ashwin’s plot in the first part. I want to pick his brain to understand how he builds his storylines,” added Ashok Rajadnya, a retired army officer from Colaba.