Ritu’s Book Release and Chickpea Curry Lit Series.

Today I am delighted to have the one and only Ritu Bhathal here to discuss her book Marriage Unarranged. Where it’s going and how it has grown.

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Firstly welcome Ritu it’s so good to see you again. I am always so excited to have you visit!  Now tell me how do you feel about tackling some taboo subjects in this book?  The broken engagement, the shattering of family honour and the fact that your girl is so definitely in the right and saw the light in time.

Thank you for the lovely welcome, Willow, it is good to be back here! You know, I never intended to be a writer who writes about more serious issues, but as this story took hold, I realised that I could use this book as a platform for bringing some of these taboo subjects into the public eye, but without being overly serious. I don’t mean to gloss over them, but to highlight them in a manner that is easily accessible for all.

I get that Ritu and I think you have found that fine line to walk. Would you like chai or coffee and of course some cake… Hubby has even made some scones and we have clotted cream and jam. 

I’d never turn down a cuppa, Willow, after all, I am Indian,where chai is one of the most popular beverages, born in Britain, where we all love a quintessential cuppa, with connection to Kenya which is also a tea-growing country! And scones? Yes please… please let’s not argue over which comes first, the jam or the cream… it all goes down the same way!

Lol yes indeed it does, we don’t need to argue the cream and jam…no more than we would about whether the toilet roll is hung on the holder to come from above or below. Now you have Aashi’s elder brother who I feel has something he is hiding. Do you think you could discuss this with us? 

Dear Sunny, the gentle, but protective older brother of my main character, Aashi will actually be the focal character in book two. Again, something which showed a hint of colour during, and at the end of Marriage Unarranged is something I felt would be another taboo subject to tackle. I have sown the seeds about him questioning his sexuality… Book two will reveal all! Shhh!

Right my lips are sealed! More tea, another scone Ritu?

You are spoiling me, Willow! I’d better leave another scone, but I may take one home with me. Another cuppa would be perfect!

Yes of course, do take a few scones with you they are not bad are they?

So many big issues to address I think you are very brave. This one, stand-alone book has just taken on wings, with so many twists and turns, so many surprises! Sis…where do you see everyone going next. I for one can’t wait.

Thank you, Sis! Yes, I never, for one minute, thought that my initial venture into writing a novel would result in a series, but if I am honest with you, my characters speak to me, rather loudly, and when I finished, there were other secondary characters who wanted their story told… as well as readers who wanted to know more, so that is why the second in the series will focus on Sunny, and the third will be based on Bali, Aashi’s other brother… and I have another meaty storyline for that one too, based on some personal experience, but it’s not my story, it’s theirs! 

There could even be spin-offs or novellas, but we have to wait and see.. let me get book two written, first!

Oh! This mystery man: he is so perfect but he has baggage too. I love that you have tackled so much that is taboo. You have bought it to the front and fore and I love that. 

We all have baggage, don’t we, Sis? Aashi’s ex-fiance is an example of the way some people view their sons, and how he can do no wrong, even though he clearly has. Her new love interest, Arjun, is, in my eyes, perfectly imperfect! Again, his ‘flaw’, though we shouldn’t view it as such, is something that many in our community shun, so why not add it to the whole Taboo spice mix I have going on!

But, I must say one thing. It is important to remember that this story is set in 2000, so there are some aspects that may not be relevant to the thinking of today’s youth. Think of it as a Modern, Historical, Desi Story – Chickpea Curry Lit at its finest!

I can do that, yes I can. Hey, shall we open a bottle of wine and we can toast your future 💜💜

Why, that sounds delightful, Sis! Thank you, so much for inviting me over! Cheers!

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Jun 06, 2022 @ 05:10:19

    Thank you so much, Sis!!! That was a great cuppa and the scones were indeed delicious 🥰🥰🥰

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  2. beth
    Jun 06, 2022 @ 07:39:22

    much success and happiness to Ritu!

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  3. CARAMEL
    Jun 06, 2022 @ 09:21:53

    I read Marriage Unarranged during my breaktimes at work during the Pandemic. I remember longing for my teabreak so I could find out what was going to happen next. We have very fun Punjabi in-laws and so much of the story made me think of them.

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  4. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jun 06, 2022 @ 09:36:12

    Sis, what else can I say? You are going places with your writing. This is only the beginning.. ((( Ritu )))

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  5. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Jun 06, 2022 @ 10:02:23

    Lovely to see Ritu here with you Willow. I really enjoyed Marriage Unarranged, a lovely romance and look forward to reading more in the series. x

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  6. Dan Antion
    Jun 06, 2022 @ 10:59:37

    I recently ordered Ritu’s book (she’s going to be visiting my bar in the future), I didn’t know it was being re-released until I was notified that my “pre-order” was successful. Congrats to Ritu and thanks, Willow for showcasing her book(s).

    Reply

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  9. amreade
    Jun 06, 2022 @ 12:47:30

    This book sounds delightful! I just ordered myself a copy, since the interview gave me so many tantalizing teasers.Thank you!

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  10. Erika
    Jun 06, 2022 @ 14:21:43

    I am so happy for our sister that she is about to fulfill her big dream 💖

    Reply

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