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Author Interview #30: Aina Rao

Aina Rao, the author and creator of the Ambling Indian character is a Silver medalist from IIT Delhi and a topper from IIM Bangalore. She is a financial services professional by training and a singer and writer by passion. Having traveled extensively across many countries and now living in Bangalore, the Indian Silicon valley, she brings her hilarious and thought-provoking experiences, ambling along as the aam aurat, the common woman, to her quirky writings and talks on India. An interesting personality that Aina is, let’s get to know her more –

  • Tell us something about your recently published book Ambling Indian!

Amblingindian is not just a book. It is the story of India, as narrated by  the character The AmblingIndian, which is much like a common woman or aam aurat. She discovers and celebrates India as she ambles along.

An unusual take on India, this book offers a never-seen- before view of the country, through the eyes of the Ambling Indian-a new aam aurat, a commoner. With the Ambling Indian and the other characters—it  experiences hilarious happenings through thirty-one stories woven together with a common thread—India’s journey. The book coasts through IITs as the Ambling Indian Rewires the IIT syllabi. The AmblingIndian travels in autorickshaws and meets Cows on the Roads. She Celebrates A Pink Valentine’s Day. Plunges into the best of Indian politics, journalism, modern offices, IIMs, weddings, cities and Bollywood with Ode to Kofee Johar, King of the Potholes, and many more intriguing stories.

The book was released late last year and featured in top 10 on Amazon humour books. It received great reviews from leading publications such as Deccan Chronicle, The New Indian Express, The Hindu, et al.

Read my review of Aina’s book “Ambling Indian”

  • That’s amazing! When did you start writing?

5 years ago, when I started the blog The AmblingIndian started off as a character 5 years ago with a blog themed on Indian innovation, humour, life, and more.
The blog was featured on msn and had more than a lakh views

  • What is the purpose of your writing?

The blog and the book are a quirky take on life in India. India is not just a country, but a world of its own. It is certainly the most colourful, chaotic yet captivating country in the world. My writing takes a different look at life here, discovering and celebrating India. People may laugh or cry at the events, but it will certainly make them think deeply about India.

  • What inspired you to bring forth this idea of Ambling Indian as a book?

I wanted to bring forth the story of India to the readers. For them to feel the challenges merged with the joy, the agony and the ecstasy of life in India; even as they think about this marvelous nation—an amalgamation of culture and thought that is so unique. It is meant for the readers to go on a rollicking, fun ride, and discover an India that puzzles, amuses, excites and provokes thought—through the mirror of the Ambling Indian, Aina; who discovers an unknown side of herself too.

  • Is any part of Ambling Indian inspired from real life?

It is a fictional journey of the aam aurat, Aina. But, as with fiction, it is very much inspired by real life in India.

  • Which of your works have been published so far?

My blog has been running for 5 years now and was published on MSN. Some of the stories are to be published in a UK anthology.

  • So how was this journey of becoming a published author?


Nothing spectacular here, I did the usual checks with a few publishers. Perhaps, having an IIT and IIM background helped – Leadstart put their faith in me, and I feel they have been vindicated.

  • Have you self-published your book or followed the traditional approach?

The latter.

  • Which approach is better according to you and why?

Traditional is a better approach as this is an area that publishers understand best. They curate and select the best stories, and add a professional touch. Very thankful to my publishers Leadstart.

  • What should the beginners do today?

Write from the heart.

  • What is your take on book publishing as you see the current scenario?

It will evolve with e-books and other media, even more  to the point where we should see more talent emerging.

  • What are your forthcoming writings?

More on the amblingindian blog and even cartoons. We would be going in with another imprint soon.

  • What are the four top most things you take care of while writing a book?

The story needs to be from the heart, written in an engaging style and appealing. I write impulsively and spontaneously and end on a quirky, thought-provoking note- that’s  my style!

  • What is your favorite genre and why?

Humor- I love books that can lighten life.

  • What / Who is your biggest source of inspiration in life?

PG Wodehouse and  James Herriot for their humorous stories.


  • What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced and how did you overcome it?

Life is full of challenges. I can’t name only one, but I have a way of facing challenges with willpower and determination, that usually works.

  • If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?

Funnily enough, it would be the Ambling Indian- the aam aurat. She is so full of life, curiosity and fun, it would be fun to bring her to real life; observing everything and enjoying it.

  • And finally, any message for the readers?

Enjoy India with the Ambling Indian. Read the book as a collection of stories, or as one story, you will certainly relate to it, and enjoy it- from a different perspective this time. Do write to me with your thoughts.

So that was Aina Rao for you, author of “Ambling Indian“.

Read my review of Aina’s book “Ambling Indian”

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I am a Computer Engineer working with a prominent firm. Writing is my passion and likewise I love reading novels and reviewing them. Want to get your novel reviewed? Feel free to contact me at or on Follow on FB- Happy reading! Keep smiling! ;)

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