Anamika Mishra knew she wanted to be a writer when in 5th grade, she started reading books. But she thought of doing a job, gaining experience in life and then write. She wrote her first book in the final year of college. By the time she finished her studies, she was an author and so changed her plan. For the Sake of Love is her third book. It has young Twisha Khanna finding a stack of old letters and going in search of their writer.
How did the idea for this book come? Is there a story there?
There’s a saying that if your love is true, set it free... it will come back if it’s yours. But how long should one wait? How to decide whether to move on or hold on? I believe one should never give up on things we actually love. I know it’s hard to hold on, especially when no promises are made, but in the end you will get the answers. I wanted to write something that gives hope to people and strength to hold on, no matter what!
Thoughts on letters...
I love them and I’ll be happy if someone writes a letter to me!
I am very old school that way. Sad part is, no one in this era wants to sit down and write letters. These days, things are all about swiping left or right, which I believe is making ‘LOVE’ lose its charm.
What was the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge was to create a fusion of thoughts. There are two parallel stories. I wanted to keep both the stories smooth. Creating characters was another challenge, as it has two protagonists. I wanted Twisha to be like the new-age youth so that a reader can relate to her and David to be powerful.
Your favourite part in the book
To be very frank, there are many. I loved the part when Twisha and Alex take a walk on the snow for the first time, in the chapter An Unofficial date. I also loved the part when they visit the church and Twisha gets a clue about Jasmine. But my favourite part is, of course, the last chapter. I actually cried many times when I was writing that part.