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‘Writing is a very lonely experience’


Clad in a simple salwar suit, scriptwriter-turned novelist, Gajra Kottary walks in to auditorium demurely. No unnecessary airs of the glamour world for this woman of substance. With serials like Balika Vadhu, Astitva Ek Prem Kahani, Hamare Tumhare, and Panaah to her acclaim, the award-winning television scriptwriter has her feet firmly on the ground. She credits her experience with script writing for giving her the strength to write a full-fledged novel Broken Melodies, “The amount of discipline, rigour which script writing forced me to have helped me feel strong enough to write the novel. Both writing styles aren’t very different, both involve imagination and discipline, script writing is a very interactive process, many layers before the product comes in front of the viewers. But as a writer, you’re completely on your own.”

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