Bhaavna Arora, author of The Deliberate Sinner and Mistress of Honor, resents being a slave to the ordinary. She has a BEd degree, a double MBA, as well as a PhD from Pittsford University, USA, to her credit. She is a corporate trainer on leadership for students and professionals. After heading an MBA college in Bengaluru as a director for a few years, she went on to fulfill her dream of being an author. A philanthropist at heart, Bhaavna has been sponsoring the education of an underprivileged child for the past eleven years. She also works with many charitable organizations. Let’s get to know her more-
- Tell us something about your book “Mistress of Honour”
Life in the armed forces is realistically portrayed and humanely depicted in ‘Mistress of Honour’. It’s a tight narrative which is an amalgamation of love, tragic sacrifice and war. While Pansy’s love story with Potnis unfolds in the time of Operation Blue Star, Advik and Rihana’s love must come second to his duty during the Kargil. How each character deals with the uncertainty of war, with the outcome of the wars, the presence of their loved ones on the front and eventually their absence, is the essence of this tale.
- When did you start writing?
I started writing last year and came out with my first book, ‘The deliberate Sinner’ which was a sensational hit. I’m relatively new to the writing world but enjoying it thoroughly.
- What is the purpose of your writing?
The major purpose remains entertainment with a moral aim of bringing out a scenario that youth would like to see in their society. Like, in The Deliberate Sinner, a woman wants to free herself from the shackles of an unhappy married life and in Mistress of Honour, an unwed mother wants to keep her child. Is marriage really important for you to have happiness? Will society ever accept a woman without a tag of a man? These are some of the questions I’ve raised with my two books.
- What inspired you to bring forth this idea as a book?
I wanted to take the civilian population of India from a level of awareness to appreciation for our soldiers who selflessly protect our borders so that we can remain free. The freedom that we are enjoying today is coming at a constant cost and that is the sacrifices of these brave people who are just a handful. They deserve our respect and ‘Mistress of Honour’ is my tribute to them.
- Is the plot of this book fictional or inspired from real life?
The plot is inspired from true stories that were narrated to me off the record. I’ve given it a fictional form without affecting the authenticity of Army life. What you read there is true to every word, even the love stories. Some manipulations were made to get the flow of the script right.
- And I must say that those manipulations turned out very positively. Since the book focuses majorly on love and sacrifice for the country, may I ask the author herself about what is your idea of love, family and relationships on the whole?
The only adhesive that binds this world together is “LOVE”, whether at a micro level or a macro level. Till now we have been able to save Earth is only because of love. Talk about love for animals, love for our environment, love for family, love for nation, love for humanity or love for anything. Just imagine where we would be without this four letter word?
- I totally agree with you Bhaavna. So how was this journey of becoming a published author? Give some insights of your efforts on getting your work published.
It was smooth. I had my first book published by Srishti and second by Penguin.
- Have you self-published your work or followed the traditional approach?
I pitched in my first book to various publishers. Got one reject and all others accepted. Srishti was quick enough to do it in that very month and we went ahead with the contract.
- Which approach is better according to you and why?
There is never a satisfactory answer for this. Many big authors do get their work self published and many take the traditional route. You’ve to see what works for you and how much “ready” are you for either. Self publication does require you to have a good distribution channel.
- What is your take on book publishing as you see the current scenario?
The so called “current scenario” is always varying but as long as you can keep giving good stories according to the current demand, you’ll keep selling.
- What are your forthcoming writings?
I’m still in the process of gathering thoughts as Mistress of Honour was a long journey with a loads of research. I’ve interviewed on record 160 serving and retired Army and Air Force officers. Taking a break for now but I’ll be back soon.
- What are the four top most things you take care of while writing a book?
So that you can be heared while people read.
- What is your favorite genre and why?
I’m never in favor of genres as it restricts readership. A good book will have all variants of love, surprise, motivation, humor, entertainment. I only rate a book as a good book or a very good book. No genres for me. I’ve proved my versatility as an author with two different books.
- What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?
My biggest source of inspiration are my readers’ appreciation which works as a catalyst for my work.
- What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge was to get success for my books and I did it by my sheer hard work and commitment
- If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?
“A known devil is better than an unknown angel.”
I know the devil in me and I’m happy being Bhaavna Arora. 🙂
- Any message for our readers?
Keep reading and stay connected. All my works are dedicated to my lovely readers.
- Mistress of Honour available at: Amazon
Paperback (Rs. 139); Kindle (Rs. 132.05)
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