A crime thriller kick-starts YFLO book club’s new year

YFLO book club members started their new year under the leadership of their 11th chairperson Isha Patodia with a discussion on Victims for Sale (Harper Collins, Rs 299) by Nish Amarnath at Oxford Bookstore on May 7, with the author herself present to talk about the novel. 

  • Published 29.05.18
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(From left) Saira Shah Halim, who moderated the discussion, Nish Amarnath and Jamie Dragon, the director of the American Center in Calcutta, at Oxford Bookstore. “It is always good to have a discussion with the author directly, learning about the research that went into the book and how the characters were developed,” said Jamie.

YFLO book club members started their new year under the leadership of their 11th chairperson Isha Patodia with a discussion on Victims for Sale (Harper Collins, Rs 299) by Nish Amarnath at Oxford Bookstore on May 7, with the author herself present to talk about the novel. 

“This year, we decided to collaborate with Oxford Bookstore and have the authors come down for sessions with us, the readers. I think it is a good form of mental stimulation,” said Isha Patodia, chairperson, YFLO.

Nish spoke about the real-life events that inspired her fictional thriller — from her protagonist Sandy Raman’s days in Mumbai during the 26/11 terror attacks to her being thrown out of her rented house while she worked as a stringer. She hinted at Sandy being, in many ways, a fictionalised version of herself.

“I touch upon serious issues in my book, with drama and entertainment, without trivialising the issue at hand,” said Nish.

Text: Sulogna Ghosh. Pictures: B. Halder

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