The young and beautiful Srividya Srinivasan, a Bengaluru-based entrepreneur has always been a storyteller. Some of the most memorable snapshots from her childhood involve her regaling her friends with tales that she’d make up, often on the spot. Currently gearing up to launch her debut novel, A Thick Fat Finger and Other Stories at Atta Galatta this Saturday, the pretty lady shares that spinning intriguing narratives comes so easily to her that she’s already got 15 more story ideas lined up for novels, which she hopes to complete writing in the next five years.
A mother of a 15-year-old-boy, Srinivasan, who runs her own advertisement firm shares that it’s wonderful to grow along with your child. “He’s more a soulmate to me than a son and watching him grow all these years, I feel I’ve also grown... as a mother, as a writer and as a person,” she says.
Originally from Coimbatore, Srinivasan moved to the city 15 years ago and like most others fell in love with it almost immediately, though she agrees it has its fair share of problems that very often get her goat. An intrepid traveller, the writer has explored India quite extensively, and says she’s open to experiences as varied as sipping on the finest wine at the most luxurious resort in Jaipur to taking shelter at a farmer’s den during a heavy downpour. “It was on a trek that we stopped at a quaint little farmer’s hut. And since I also love cooking, I cooked up a storm for a group of 15 people. And it was over a wood-fired stove, which made things a lot more romantic but also a bit difficult, though it was great fun and an experience of a lifetime,” she shares and picks Ladakh, Shillong and Hampi as some of her most loved locations in the country. “These places are breathtaking.
And though I go on holiday abroad, I’m always in awe of what India has to offer,” says the artistically inclined Srinivasan whose idea of recreation includes watching plays and sinking her teeth into a good book by some of her favourite authors who include Daphne du Maurier and Georgette Heyer.
Describing herself as someone without hang-ups, she says that she enjoys meeting new people over coffee and conversations. Apart from writing, she reveals that she has also done small roles in short films for friends and is also working on a script that will soon be turned into a feature film. While she is going to be busy promoting her book of short stories for the next few months, she hopes to go back to running a home for destitute children once the dust settles. “I used have a small home that looked after about seven children for four years. But for some reason, I had to give it up. However, that is something I definitely want to go back to doing once things get a little less hectic for me,” she signs off.
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