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Koi Good News? The stork tells ii all

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | KAVI BHANDARI
Published Jul 4, 2018, 12:38 am IST
Updated Jul 4, 2018, 12:38 am IST
Zarreen Khan has woven a comical story through this book of that journey many woman undertake pregnancy.
By Zarreen Khan Pages 382 Price Rs 250 Publisher Harper Collins
 By Zarreen Khan Pages 382 Price Rs 250 Publisher Harper Collins

Zarreen Khan has woven a comical story through this book of that journey many woman undertake pregnancy. “There were basically two observations which made me feel that this would make a great subject for storytelling: One, I realised how quickly people pounce at married couples with the, ‘Koi Good News?’ question without a second thought of how intrusive they’re being, and the other is that I realised how naturally women bond over pregnancy stories, anecdotes and advice!  It is one of the most defining phases of one’s life,” she says. 

She feels that in a large Indian family and nosy society, one can see how hilarious and outrageous the journey of pregnancy can be. “Thus was born Koi Good News? the hilarious private journal of a very public pregnancy,” she adds. Completely unique and original, the book makes for a fresh read. “The story of a pregnancy in India was waiting to be told. I thought it would be fun to tell it from the perspective of both the man and the woman. So I created Mona and Ramit, the protagonists, who have been married for four years and are constantly battling the good news question from their families, friends and a large medley of relatives. Then one day, they manage to conceive and embark on their pregnancy journey. But I wanted to make this into the big Indian family saga. I basically had a lot of fun painting the plot,” she reveals. 

 

Asked about her future plans, she replies, “I plan to write more. Being able to carve out characters, stories, interactions, struggles, conquests, is thrilling and there are so many stories waiting to be told. So yes, more books from me.” 

On a conclusive note she says, “It pleases me to mention that Koi Good News? has been picked up by a major production house and will be soon made into a movie. That is very exciting for me as a writer because that gives the story and the characters arms to reach out to people who don’t read books in general,” she signs off.   

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