Let me introduce you to Deepali Junjappa, author of ‘The Twisted Twenties’. But before you get to know what we spoke about, let’s have a look at the synopsis of her book.
As Baz Lurhman once said ‘The most interesting people are the ones who still don’t know what they want to do.”
It’s okay to be confused in your twenties. It’s okay to NOT know. Ok Peeps, why don’t we get straight to the point. Do we really know what we want in our twenties? Yes and No. Are we confused?
The hell we are.
For Mimi Hittalmani, a confused twenty something life is about to begin. After getting sacked by her badass editor for attending a silly Bollywood bash, clotted with a nasty breakup; Mimi decides to expand her worldview. Two years later, armed with a foreign degree and some flashy Aussie stories she begins her misadventures in Mumbai where she meets the gorgeous Mehra brothers and falls in love with all three at once. Mimi then joins the carnival and let’s herself go on the train of chaos, cacophony, camera and drama. She’s glad; her co passengers are all potential soul mates, she never met; the brotherhood of lost loves. From then on the joy ride of working, flirting, schmoozing, networking, hiring ‘tight assed’ women and finally falling in love become part of Mimi’s quirky and hilarious journey. By the end she realizes that the twenties are indeed twisted; it’s ok to goof up, jump courses, change careers, flout opinions and of course chat up four guys at once!
Sounds interesting doesn’t it? Let’s talk to Deepali now.
Who was the inspiration behind Mimi’s character?
There’s a bit of me in every character that I’ve created and I guess there are bits of my personality in MIMI. Though I must admit that she’s an exaggerated version of me!
If you had to sum up Mimi’s philosophy in a sentence, what would it be?
The next man, the next house, the job is always better! (Quote from the book)
What was the easiest and most difficult part about writing this book?
Writing is therapeutic for me so most of it was easy. The difficult part was the re-writing and the editing which is always a little perplexing towards the end.
Are Mimi’s experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A lot of it is based from my life as a screenplay writer for television and some of it is imagined.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on Film script which is due to go on floor this November and then my second novel BitchWeed is getting published in February. I’ve also co -authored a graphic novel with my director, which will be published early next year.
Who is your favorite author and why?
I love modern Japanese authors like Haruki Murakami and Kadzuo Ishiguro, though I’d slide towrads Ishiguro (My favourite books are Nocturnes and Never let me go) His writing is simple yet his stories are very layered and complex.
Tell us your experience of working with Half Baked Beans
The publishers – Half Baked Beans were very co operative and open to suggestions and new ideas
Rapid Fire (My favourite section!)
The silliest thing you have ever done
I was conned once into buying an email ID.
Do you think there is a Mimi in you?
Yes, of course!! Mimi is part of my heart.
Your ideal day
A lazy Sunday afternoon chilling with great books and white wine.
Would you rather:
Own a Stone Age relic or diamonds
Stone age relic
Own gorgeous shoes or the biggest library in the world
The biggest library in the world. (Duh!)
Own a giant white mouse or a tiny elephant
A tiny elephant. I think elephants are cute.
I think elephants are cute, too. That’s all for now J