[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A few of you might know that I was writing a novel called “Waterboarding.” This was not supposed to be my second novel. But somehow I am publishing this book second in line of the novels I have planned. The book is releasing on October 8. There will be a quiet physical launch as well. The book will be available in Kindle. For the people who live in US of the A, the book is available for pre-order.
With my first novel, 300 days, I was just a person who had published a book. There was all kind of feedback for the novel. There were people who reviewed the book without even reading them. People scoffed at me, made fun of me and what not. But it only increased my determination to make it better next time. If not for those people who were not so kind with their words, Waterboarding wouldn’t have been possible.
When I started Waterboarding, I was an emotional wreck. I had two very demanding clients in my digital marketing business. I was translating three newsletters from English to Tamil, I had to social media posts, create videos, submit a short story for a challenge I was participating, running around to banks and property offices since our house was at last stages of completion. It was all so difficult to handle and I felt like I was drowning in the amount of to-dos to be crossed. That is when a thought struck me, what if the torture technique “Waterboarding” is taken in a metaphorical sense. And that is how this novel was born.
Here is a short summary of the novel:
Ved undergoes a brutal accident only to emerge out of it in life-changing circumstances. His right eye shuts the world away. An arm fails to cooperate and shuns him in the confines of his four walls. Moreover, his memory isn’t the same as it used to be; he now finds blank spaces that need filling in. As someone who is no longer sure of his past and equally uncertain of the future, Ved tackles the inescapable void with the help of his friend, Sara. Buried memories, incidents and people come alive, as he witnesses the bygone being rebuilt gradually. Does Sara’s revelations justify Ved’s past? As Ved struggles with an unstable financial backlash in the aftermath, groping his way out one step at a time, he is forced to live in the darkness of the moment. Does he finally come to know who he is? Is he able to replace portions of his spotless mind with appropriate pieces? Does Ved realise how his actions from the past can and will affect his present? Waterboarding is an entwining tale of two thick friends being thrown into vulnerable circumstances. The facts that emerge from Ved’s flashback not only befuddles his present state of mind, but also tricks his psyche. Little does he realise that the process will entail him to choose between the right and the wrong, that is, if there is any.
I completed writing the novel in 18 days. And then I polished it for a year and a month. So here it is for your eyes.
You can view the trailer here.
You can read the sample chapters here. Waterboarding Sample Chapters.
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