Interview with author Pankaj Giri


Author Pankaj Giri is here today
and we’re talking about his new mainstream inspirational novel, The Fragile Thread of Hope.

Bio:
Pankaj Giri
was born and brought up in Gangtok, Sikkim—a picturesque hill station in India.
He began his writing career with a book review blog, and now, after several
years of honing his writing skills, he has written a novel—The Fragile Thread of Hope, a mainstream literary fiction dealing
with love, loss, and family relationships. He is currently working in the
government sector in Sikkim. He likes to kill time by listening to progressive
metal music and watching cricket.

Welcome, Pankaj. Please tell us about
your current release.
The Fragile Thread of Hope is a gripping emotional inspirational
fiction about love, loss, and finding hope in the darkest of times.

BLURB:

In the
autumn of 2012, destiny wreaks havoc on two unsuspecting people—Soham and
Fiona.

Although his
devastating past involving his brother still haunted him, Soham had established
a promising career for himself in Bangalore.

After a
difficult childhood, Fiona’s fortunes had finally taken a turn for the better.
She had married her beloved, and her life was as perfect as she had ever
imagined it to be.

But when
tragedy strikes them yet again, their fundamentally fragile lives threaten to
fall apart.

Can
Fiona and Soham overcome their grief?

Will the
overwhelming pain destroy their lives?

Seasoned with
the flavours of exotic Nepalese
traditions and set in the picturesque Indian hill station, Gangtok, The Fragile
Thread of Hope explores the themes of spirituality, faith, alcoholism, love,
and guilt while navigating the complex maze of family relationships.

Inspirational
and heart-wrenchingly intimate, it urges you to wonder—does hope stand a chance
in this travesty called life?

What inspired you to write this book?
After my
father’s sudden death, an avalanche of feelings passed through me. I realized how
shocking death could be and how life can snatch people from you when you
believe that they will always be with you. I realized that you shouldn’t take
anyone for granted. Then, as I read other books like The Kite Runner and The
Lowland, a plot began forming in my mind. I felt like weaving a story based on
love, loss, and family relationships. Gradually, the characters developed in my
mind, and scenes began taking shape and haunting me. After a few weeks, the
characters began putting pressure on me, as if prodding me to bring them to
life on the canvas of my novel. Then, as I finally obliged, The Fragile Thread of Hope was born.


Excerpt from The Fragile Thread of Hope:
In the autumn of 2012, destiny wreaks havoc on two
unsuspecting people—Soham and Fiona.

Although his devastating past involving his brother
still haunted him, Soham had established a promising career for himself in
Bangalore.

After a difficult childhood, Fiona’s fortunes had
finally taken a turn for the better. She had married her beloved, and her life
was as perfect as she had ever imagined it to be.

But when tragedy strikes them yet again, their
fundamentally fragile lives threaten to fall apart.

Can Fiona and Soham overcome their grief?

Will the overwhelming pain destroy their lives?

Seasoned with the flavours of exotic Nepalese
traditions and set in the picturesque Indian hill station, Gangtok, The Fragile
Thread of Hope explores the themes of spirituality, faith, alcoholism, love,
and guilt while navigating the complex maze of familial relationships.

Inspirational and heart-wrenchingly intimate, it urges
you to wonder—does hope stand a chance in this travesty called life?


What exciting story are you working on
next?
I have not
thought about it yet as I am busy promoting The
Fragile Thread of Hope
. Once I settle down, I will reflect on my next book.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
Frankly
speaking, I never even dreamt of becoming a writer. In fact, I didn’t even use
to read (except for Harry Potter, which I read in my late teens). But after my
father passed away four years back, some of my friends suggested me to start
reading to divert my mind from the pain. I followed their suggestion, and
slowly I fell in love with reading. I also began writing, starting with book
reviews. Over the years, having read many books and developed my writing skills
by writing several blog posts, I thought of trying my hand at writing a novel.
A plot slowly developed in my mind, and soon I started writing. The rest is
history.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you
do other than write and how do you find time to write?
No, I work in
a government job at my native place, Gangtok. It is a 10-4 job, but I write
whenever I get time, at home or at the office, especially if I am in the
process of writing a book. Else, I take a break and enjoy my life. I listen to
progressive metal music, watch sitcoms, movies, and select tennis and cricket
matches.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
Contrary to
traditional belief that internet distracts a writer, I need the internet to
find perfect synonyms, check if a sentence is grammatically correct, and
research facts necessary for my book.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I wanted
to grow up and design attractive scorecards for cricket matches.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I would like
to thank my existing readers for their love and support and request prospective
readers to try out my next book. I’m sure it will give you some entertainment
and inspire you if you are feeling low.

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Thank you for being here today.

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