I’m so excited to introduce my Book Talk interview with Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of the novels Born Confused and Bombay Blues (2015 winner of the South Asia Book Awards)! She was awesome enough to sit down and talk with me about her writing and music. Have you ever heard of novels coming with soundtracks? Tanuja is a musician as well, so “booktracks” seemed only natural. Her music accompanies both novels, immersing readers in a full multi-media experience.
If you haven’t read Born Confused yet, I think it’s time you got on it. It’s a great coming-of-age story about high school student Dimple Lala, a first generation Indian-American girl trying to balance her family life, romantic relationships, and her best friend, while accepting her body image and fostering her passion for photography. Whew! In the sequel, Bombay Blues, we meet up with Dimple again in college and follow her back to parent’s motherland, Bombay, India.
In my three-part series with Tanuja, we get into the details of Dimple’s life as well as other characters that impact her journey. We also talk about the work that went into writing these two books. Tanuja offers up some really important advice for young writers who want to find their own story. Creativity is the name of her game and she plays it well. She inspires me to use different mediums to create and I hope she can do the same for you!