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A Bollywood scandal

The Asian Age

Being a popular writer of television serials, Gajra Kottary, a multi-media writer, seems to have found her niche penning a fiction from her Bollywood inspirations. After publishing her first collection of women-centric short stories, Fragile Victories followed by another collection The Last Laugh, she has now come up with her debut novel Broken Melodies.

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Through my book, readers will know what happens behind closed doors in a film family – Gajra Kottary

TellyChakkar

Eminent award-winning television scriptwriter and noted author Gajra Kottary is ready with her new book, Once Upon a Star which she plans to officially launch in early December in the august presence of Pritish Nandy and Anupam Kher. We spoke to Gajra to learn more about her latest literary offering.

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The Buddha of Our Time

The Pioneer

Gajra Kottary, the scriptwriter of the forthcoming TV series, tells Divya Kaushik that the show focusses on Gautama Siddhartha’s life after he attained Enlightenment and shares how he played an important role in the political situation of that era

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Balika Vadhu’s writer Gajra Kottary: There is no long term planning in serials these days

Bollywoodlife.com

Popular author of shows like Astitva and Veera – Gajra Kottary talks about her long running stint as a writer, the trouble she faces when actors threaten to quit, the pressure of TRPs, why most serials fail and what inspires her most.

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Switching Screens

The Indian Express

What should one expect from the first work of fiction by a television screenplay writer? A story replete with loads of melodrama,complicated relationships and kitchen politics would be an easy guess.

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‘Writing is a very lonely experience’

Hindustan Times

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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Family diaries

The Hindu

“It is part autobiographical, part imagination, and part observed reality,” confessed first-time novelist but seasoned soap specialist Gajra Kottary.

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I am not a superwoman: Author Gajra Kottary

Rediff.com

Former journalist and award-winning television scriptwriter Gajra Kottary discusses how she coped with writing her debut novel,

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Balika Vadhu’s co-writer pens novel

Hindustan Times

TV script-writer Gajra Kottary, who has written screenplays of popular serials like Astitva, Balika Vadhu and Jyoti, has now come out with her maiden English novel titled Broken Melodies, about the life of an adolescent girl and the struggles of living in a dysfunctional family.

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TV scriptwriter turns novelist

Hindustan Times

As a television scriptwriter, Gajra Kottary established herself with popular family soaps such as Astitva and Balika Vadhu. So it is no surprise that she chose to write her debut novel, Broken Melodies, about the life of an adolescent girl struggling to find hope within a dysfunctional family.

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Balika Vadhu writer Gajra Kottary pens her first novel

Yahoo Celebrity

Story and screenplay writer Gajra Kottary who has written various shows including the iconic Balika Vadhu has come up with a novel titled Broken Melodies. She has published two short story collections earlier but this is her first novel.

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Balika Vadhu writer Gajra Kottary pens her first novel

TellyChakkar

Story and screenplay writer who has written various shows including the iconic has come up with a novel titled Broken Melodies. She has published two short story collections earlier but this is her first novel.

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‘I like subjects woven around relationships’

IndianTelevision

Gajra Kottary started out as a journalist with The Statesman. She first shot into prominence in 1996, when her book – Fragile Victories - a collection of 13 women-centred short stories, was released. Five years later, she is in the news again for her serials – Hamare Tumhare on Zee and Panaah on DD1, both of which are doing well. Gajra has also written most episodes of Kya Aap Khush Hai on DD1.

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