Kiran Manral

Author, columnist, TEDx speaker, gender issues, festival curator, ex-trend spotter & market researcher, ex-journalist, reformed blogger.

Sun Sign

Cancer

Three things people don’t know about you?

I have no life skills, can’t swim, cycle or drive.

What’s your greatest fear?

Heights

High point of your life?

Two. Giving birth. Publishing my first book.

Low point of your life

The death of my dad.

Which living person do you most admire?

My mom.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Mr Darcy. Cliched, but yes.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Who are your favorite authors?

P. G. Wodehouse, J RR Tolkein, Mark Twain, Haruki Murakami, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jane Austen, J K Rowling, Stephen King.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The Lord of the Rings, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Three Men in a Boat, Norwegian Wood and Lolita

Is there a book you love to reread?

Anything by P. G. Wodehouse and Three Men in a Boat.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Conjuring, anything by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam, Interstellar, One Day.

When and where do you write ?

At my desk. From morning to night.

Silence or music?

Silence.

One phrase that you use most often?

Absolutely.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

Never speak about work in progress.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

YA fiction, specially fantasy.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Read lots and only then dare to write. There are no short cuts.

Kiran Manral has worked with some of the leading media houses in India as a features writer and journalist. Her debut novel, The Reluctant Detective, was published in 2012. She lives with her family in Mumbai and puts her current job definition down as school gate mom.

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