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From figures to penning books!

DNAHM51405 | 1/22/2012 | Author : Kinjal Desai | WC :295

This banker and author says he has been an avid reader since childhood

“When I chose the subject of the book, my parents were eager and willing to help me with the character I was writing about. Their enthusiasm was such that my father visited the actual site and clicked pictures of the historic place of 'HER' existence,” says Anurag Anand, author and banking professional. Hailing from the city of dreams, Mumbai, Anand was in the city to launch his sixth book The Legend of Amrapali at a book store. Writing books and dealing with clients are the two aspects of Anand's life that run parallel. Explaining how he manages to balance the two, Anand says writing has always been a passion. The idea of writing was there in the mind since quite a long time, but it germinated only a couple of years back. “I have been an avid reader ever since I was a child, so much so that my parents used to find it difficult to keep me away from comic books and novels. But, nevertheless, I found my way to read books that I wanted to read,” says Anand. While his first two books were based on the 'self-help genre', books he wrote later were fiction. However, writing the story of Amrapali, was something Anand found difficult. He says, “To take oneself back to a time period of which you have never been a part of, and then write about the era, is definitely difficult. I have tried and managed to maintain a balance between my writing and the understanding level of the readers.” Citing reasons for choosing danseuse and activist Mallika Sarabhai for his book launch, Anand says, he wanted to lend a credible face to the Amrapali and happens to find Sarabhai close to the character he has projected in his book.

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