Women Empowerment with
By Samantha Skelton
In her new book, "What A Girl To Do When Life Throws A Curveball?" Kumari Kanchanji shows readers what an ambitious, intelligent, hard-working woman can accomplish.
In this exclusive interview, Kumari discusses the drive necessary to be successful, if crime really does pay, and how the glass ceiling for women can be shattered.
Kumari also discusses where she draws inspiration from, how writing this book changed her for the better, and how reading it can change you as well!
This fascinating mystery thriller is about the dogged determination of a young woman reporter overcoming overwhelming odds to right the wrongs enacted against her family.
Kumari Kanchanji has a passion for writing that has an overall female empowerment theme. She is excited and ready to share her latest novel with the world.
Can you tell me about yourself and your background?
I am the CEO of a medical devices company. I love to write, and I see stories everywhere. I always imagine the story behind someone and what their life is like. I have written many stories, and slowly I want to produce them for film and television.
Why was it important for you to write, "What a Girl to Do When Life Throws a Curveball?"
This happens to be a story that was practically thrown in my lap. It originated from real events and real people.
Some time ago, in one of the blogs on the internet, I read about a famous reporter who had become a target of assassination for exposing big businesses in India who had obtained Government contracts without public bidding. It was dubbed a Coalgate Scam.
Soon after, at a party, I met a friend of mine who is a movie star in Mumbai. We started talking about the big Coalgate Scam making headlines in India. To my surprise, she knew the reporter who had broken the story, up close and personal. The reporter had interviewed her when she was in Delhi.
What my friend told me about her intrigued me so much that I knew then and there that I have a story plot I want to write about in a novel. And I did. It's the tale of a daredevil reporter.
How would you describe your book?
Enthralling and suspenseful. "What a Girl to Do When Life Throws a Curveball?" is a story of intrigue, fierce dog-eat-dog competition, bribery, sex-trade, and an underworld gun-running ring by the terrorists, who operate under the noses of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the National Investigation Agency, with impunity.
It is an emotional thriller that will keep readers riveted up to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters they won't forget. This book proves if you set your mind to it you can do anything. It's a story of revenge, survival, and perseverance.
Where did you draw your inspiration from? Is any of your novel based on a true story?
You know, inside every fiction novel, there is a kernel of truth. And this novel has numerous. Many incidents are fictionalized to save the character's reputation and protect the author from lawsuits.
As for where the inspiration to write is concerned, it is hard to articulate its source. Truthfully, I think it comes from my daily practice of meditation. It helps me focus my mind. It calms my overly-busy brain and allows me to observe the world around me more clearly.
In running my company, I deal with many people, in person and on the phone, every day. Talking to them and dealing with them gives me a perspective on how people live and lead their lives. My daily life is filled with inspiration. Several times I find a story behind the conversation I am having that inspires me, excites me.
My current novel's idea originated from the talk I was having with a friend at a party. It seemed so intriguing I decided to write about it.
What would you like readers to take away from reading your book?
That the crime never pays. Success without drive is not possible. There is no glass ceiling for women. That the women have the power and control over their lives to become anything they want to. If they are determined and persevere, they can achieve their goals.
Do you feel that writing the book in any way changed you?
In some ways, yes. It was my mission to bring this book to people because it shows to women everywhere in the world that it's possible to succeed against all odds. I feel I succeeded. My protagonist succeeded. It gives me a sense of accomplishment that I persevered to write a 700-page mystery thriller.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with our readers?
Yes, I am working on another novel. It's about fatal lust for power, a daughter's poignant sacrifice for family honor, and betrayal of trust.
Besides this project's blueprint churning in my mind, I am editing two movie scripts I had written earlier. One is based on the current novel, for Bollywood. And the other is a cyber-espionage thriller for Hollywood.
Can you tell us about the process of coming up with the cover?
Oh, my God. Yes. It was a tedious process. The team working with me, remotely, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, could not decide what and how to design a 6X9 cover representing a 700-page novel with many subplots.
After many discussions, it was decided that the cover will depict a young girl who is denied justice, again and again. She finally decides to take matters into her own hands. That is what scales of justice in the background and a James Bond Walther PPK with a silencer in her hands represent.
Can you share with us a snippet that doesn't appear in the blurb or excerpt?
Yes, of course. Zeena Amman, the novel's protagonist, is an attractive, ambitious award-winning newscaster at a TV Network in New Delhi, India, the teeming capital city of more than 20 million people.
Every chance she gets, she doesn't hesitate to thrust her microphone in the face of Delhi's crime boss. He is afraid her constant digging deeper into his nefarious businesses might get him in serious trouble with the Government. She knows too much about his inside affairs. But how, he doesn't know. He wants her eliminated at any cost.
He orders his trusted right-hand man to do the job. The boss tells him we can banish clouds from the sky and we have the money to buy Bosnia. Why can't we buy a piddling reporter? If she is honest, cannot be bought, then tie a couple of cinder blocks around her ankles and have her thrown in the Jumna river.
But the boss doesn't know that his trusted man has been lured by Zeena Amman, and he is in her grip. She pleasures him, and under her sexual spell, he spills all the privileged information she needs for her top-rated TV show. Not only that, she has, in her possession, a compromising sex tape she can use anytime to blackmail him.
He is in a dilemma about what to do now. If she keeps on squeezing confidential information from him, and his boss comes to know about it, he knows he is a dead man. Afraid for his own life, he schemes to get rid of her.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I think I draw inspiration from the scriptures. The teachings from Bhagavad Gita, Bible, and Vedas help me lead a calm life, which, as you know, is essential for writing fiction.
Where can we find your book?
You can find my book on Amazon,Google Books and Barnes &amnp; Noble.
My website www.kanchanji.com can be accessed for further information.
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