Television script writer Gajra Kottary who has penned popular serials like “Astitva", “Balika Vadhu" and “Jyoti", has launched her English novel titled "Broken Melodies". The novel tells us the story of an adolescent girl and her struggles of living in a dysfunctional family.
The writer told to IANS, "I had already done short stories and I had done stories and screenplays for my serials, so novel writing was something that I wanted to do to challenge myself as a writer. I was very sure that I wouldn't embark on writing one until I was really passionate about a particular story. For this novel, the entire story crystallised for me around three years ago and that's when I decided to do something and get into the pattern and the discipline of writing a novel."
Broken Melodies took around two and a half years to complete. The book was launched by actor Anupam Kher at the Landmark bookstore.
"The story is about this young girl who is growing up in the Delhi of the 1970s and 80s. She has a dysfunctional family, a family where everything is well provided for but there is so much discord between the parents that it affects both the children - she and her elder sister. What the family goes through and what impact it has on this growing child, the story is about that," she explained.