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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Guest Post - Plot develops characters or Characters develop Plot? by Madhu Vajpayee

Book Blurb:

Story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It's her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste based politics. Her path is crossed by the two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are forever going to change her life. If it is Aman who can challenge her ideals and defy her resolves, and makes her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay's sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It's also the story of her loss as well as triumph against her own demons to find her true self.

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Plot develops characters or Characters develop Plot?

It’s a difficult question indeed. As far as I am concerned, both the statements are true depending on your thoughts and imaginations. Most of the time, I start with a well-developed plot where  I have the fair idea of the story line, any major twist and turns as well as the ending. Sometimes, to the extent that I have already pictured the last scene, line or the dialogue in my mind. And depending on the plot and the central theme, I develop my characters. I being the creator here, try to make characters think, feel or act in the way my plot demands them to. In a way, characters are synced with the story line. Every word they speak or thought they think mostly echoes the plot in some way. In fact, characters after the initial building up phase, start flowing with the story line without much effort on my part. 
However, at times I have experienced that characters acquire life of their own. They demand their place and direct me to follow them instead of me directing them. It’s like creating a robot who follows the fed program but suddenly it goes in auto mode and no longer follow your directions. And eventually you are forced to follow them which sometimes results in subtle changes and alternations in the plot. To be honest, I truly enjoy those moments when character asks me to follow their heart and mind. It’s a most beautiful experience when your creation comes to life.

To conclude, I would say that either way, writer’s unlimited imagination can weave a magic that doesn’t need to be confined by any logic.

About the Author:
Dr.Madhu Vajpayee- the writer was born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture its enigma in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several scientific papers and chapters in books, this book is her first step in literary world.  
Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post-graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a consultant at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi having been associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn’t pursue earlier because of the demands of medical profession and commitment it requires.
When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and travelling.

Reviews for the Book:

It was a perfect book and can motivate one. ~ Nidhi Author on Goodreads

Wonder full book.Clearly highlights the current problems faced in India as a result of reservation! ~ Nikhil Dave on Goodreads

It is one of the amazing fiction I have read in the near past. Highly recommended. Cocktail of Corruption, politics and love. ~ Akshay_Tripathi on Amazon

What Madhu does well with this story is to highlight many factors that need change. She brings out facets like reservation. She talks about the more rigid mindset of an Indian family ~ Vinay Leo @ Booworm's Musings

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1 comment:

Mads said...

Thank you for the guest post! I really enjoyed it. I am grateful for your support!