In a stirring conversation with author Ravi Subramanian at the Literati Festival at the Lake Club, Chandigarh, he talks to HT about love, infidelity and his new book, which is an unusual departure from his customary genre.
An alumnus from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore, Ravi’s latest book explores the genre of romantic thriller through his October launched book called, ‘The bestseller she wrote.’ Four of Ravi’s seven books have been award winners
The protagonist of the book, Aditya Kapoor, is an IIM graduate much like Ravi, leading to questions of similarity between him and Aditya. “No there are no similarities between me and Aditya, however I have picked up various instances of my life and those of colleagues around me in the book. It doesn’t mean I have reflected their existence, I have just picked them and given them a very personal vantage,” Ravi said.
The book is about Aditya in love with his wife and a 6-year-old son. In spite of a happy family, he falls for a 23-year-old ambitious woman called Shreya Kaushik.
While talking about infidelity he says, “I believe with increasing opportunities and technology it is much easier to cheat now than before. One or two generations ago, families lived together and it was hard to cheat or remain in touch with someone new without anyone knowing. Now it’s almost an adrenaline-pumping challenge to cheat; something to boast about.”
He says passion has become ephemeral without a desire for longevity or loyalty. “It is important writers write about these changes within society. All these changes are happening, talking about it allows discourse and space for a certain amount of acceptability. Treating it like a taboo is pointless.”
Ravi says women need to talk about how they feel and the need for more fruitful relationships more than anything else.