‘A good friend’: Preeti Kaur in conversation with author Ashok Bansal about her novel ‘Chariots’ in India
Preeta Kaur has an unlikely friendship with the author Ashoka Bansal.
The duo met for the first time in 2015 in New York, when the writer and his wife, actress Preetika Bhandari, were promoting her latest novel, “Chariot”, which has just been released.
They went on to become close friends, and Preetiya said, “He always asked me to write the first two lines of his first novel, and I told him to just write whatever came to mind.”
Ashoka’s new novel, the first in a new trilogy, “Boys”, is about the lives of two brothers who are sent to a school in India to study at the same time, and it has inspired an outpouring of praise from readers, critics and social media users.
“Bodies”, an autobiographical story about an American boy and his Indian friend, “Kanhaiya”, has also been a hit, with many people calling the story about friendship “brave and powerful”.
But Preetila said that her friendship with Bansal started in 2009, when she had a discussion with the writer on the phone.
“He had just finished writing a book, so we just chatted about what books I was reading and what was on my mind.
We talked for a long time about the future of literature.
He asked me how I was planning to spend my life and how he planned to spend his life.
So I told them, ‘I don’t want to live in a world where I’m not writing’,” she said.
The two continued to talk for the next several years, and their relationship has not only been an inspiration to writers and publishers, but also to many people who have come into contact with the two.
“When I was a child, I used to ask Ashoka about his novels and books that he wrote.
I used a lot of that conversation with him,” Preetima said.”
When I saw him write, I thought he was just a young man who was trying to express himself.
But then he said to me, ‘We are talking about a life that is much different than yours’.
I thought, ‘Oh, that is what life is all about.’
So I started looking up to him.
But I am not an idealist.
I also know how difficult it is to grow up and get married and start a family.
But my parents did not let me get married until I was in my twenties.
So if you love what you do, you should give it a try.”
Bansal’s work is also a testament to how people can find a way to be themselves, even if their personal stories don’t fit neatly into a box.
He has said that his writing is about “becoming a human being”.
Preetia also said that the two have developed a close relationship, and she said that she would always be thankful for the writer’s advice.
“It has been a great friendship.
We have exchanged many things, but I always think he would have liked to have written a book,” Priti Kuchibhotla, Preetita’s mother, said.
“I would be very happy if we had met and had a conversation like that.”