Hyma Goparaju

I like to writeandI love to read as and when I find time from my regular work. I love food and like to try out new recipes. Travel rejuvenates me and I like to visit new places. I like listening to music and can croon a bit too. I believe I observe without people even knowing about it and it helps me gain a lot of insight into personalities. The unpredictability of life awes me which I think is why we have many stories around us.

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Three things people don’t know about you?

Difficult to answer. But I think they will be – I make decisions with my heart, I am decent cook and I like and appreciate fine arts.

What’s your greatest fear?

Becoming Unproductive.

What is your greatest achievement?

Guess, it is yet to come

Which living person do you most admire?

It’s difficult to pinpoint a single person for I look for qualities in people. A particular person might have some quality that appeals to you but the same person might also possess something that’s not really worth of admiration. All in all, there are many people around me who have qualities that I admire in them and it is difficult to list them.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

The guy Vishwas in my book ‘The Withering Banyan’

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

In my view, a villain can never be a favourite really as he/she is usually hated.I think that in many stories, it is the whole set of circumstances that become the villain and push the protagonists to fight it out.

Who are your favorite authors?

Ayn Rand, Khaled Hosseini, Amitav Ghosh.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A Thousand Splendid Suns, The God of Small Things, We the Living, The Calcutta Chromosome and The Wild Swans.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Most of the Amar Chitra Katha comics, Asterix, Tintin etc. I would like to reread all of them.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

These are some of them I can watch any number of times - Gandhi, Swades, Cheeni Kum, Mayabazaar (Telugu), Sagara Sangamam (Telugu)

One Superpower you wish you had?

To turn back time.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

Wish she hadn’t died!

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I would have loved to spend my childhood on one of Enid Blyton’s idyllic settings. Adolescence would be in Italy during the time Shakespeare wrote his plays. Adult life would be in any place that is filled with opportunities and growth and promises healthy competition and finally silver years would be in the quietude of ancient India.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Would have loved to play Tennis like a Champion and Bake like a Professional baker.

Which book you wish you had written ?

I would always like to stick to my ideas when it comes to writing and when I read books, I go with the author’s narrative. However, I have been totally struck by Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Calcutta Chromosome’ as I thought that it was brilliant piece of research and fiction, combined into a thriller.

When and where do you write ?

On my laptop whenever and wherever I find time.

Silence or music?

Silence when it’s too loud and music when it’s too silent.

One phrase that you use most often?

I think it has to be ‘but then’.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

No I don’t have any such ritual or superstition.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

I enjoy reading non-serious and quirky stuff filled with fun and humour.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Give it a shot if you think you have it in you.

Hyma Goparaju is a management professional based in Hyderabad. She dabbled quite a lot in creative writing while at school and college, which remained dormant for a long time to come until she took the plunge to pen her first novel, ‘The Withering Banyan’. She hopes to write more.

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