'That thing called love' - Tuhin A Sinha


Experimenting is the motivation, like food to the creative brain, one cannot get it in one sitting, it needs continual and regular 'top up's. A live example is first time author of 'That thing called love'. Tuhin A Sinha has always had a flair for writing (it provided him a stepping stone into the entertainment world). He was fascinated by people of television and concepts always drew his attention. Extremely excited about his new book, Tuhin says he has more things up his sleeve, in a conversation with Correspondent Nidhi Jain.

What made you write this book

Being a writer it was a logical extension, and also there is a sense of possessiveness and exclusivity that a novel gives me.

Book and Character

The publishers (Shrishti publication) wrapped up the making in two months, as they liked the subject, which is on relationships, a universal theme. Being a scriptwriter my characters reflected the spirit of Mumbai, and how it keeps bouncing back, its ethos, etc., the entire conceptualization made its marketing little easier. The characters in the book are those we can all relate to - one is cheating on his wife for no reason, there's a male chauvinist waiting for an emotional shed, an idealistic guy, a gay; and many more are the faces to my story.

Crux of the book

How the morality paradigm has changed in Indian society.

Cover page

After securing permission from a German photographer, this picture was taken which highlights the darkness of the monsoon and depicts a sense of loss.

Next on Agenda

The marketing of the book has taken a toll. What do I want to do next? Playing cricket for India would be great.

Book that captured attention

Tuhin is an erratic reader; sometimes he read a lot, sometimes nothing. But among his few favourites are Sidney Sheldon novels, Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. Among the Indian authors there are Rupa Bajwa's A Sari Shop, Chetan Bhagat's Five Point Someone, The Insider by the late Narasimha Rao, Jaswant's Singh's Call to Honor, Anurag Mathur's Making the Minister Smile.

What's next

Maybe a story on cricket, with a difference; expect it to come soon to keep the momentum going.

Tuhin's book 'That Thing Called Love' reviewed by Jairaj Padmanabhan, Regional director, Optimum Media Solutions,"That thing called love' is about 'those complexities and confusions in the matters of heart'. Set at a good pace, debutant novelist and scriptwriter Tuhin. A Sinha weaves a contemporary story of a bunch of well-etched out characters' exploring expectations, disillusionments and fragility in relationships. Pranav, as a character particularly stands out. The book captures interesting moments in the backdrop of that chaos called Mumbai.Not surprisingly, sex does make its entry. However, it could have been much better dealt with by Tuhin".


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