Pratyaksha Sinha talks about exploring complex relationships through writing of society, family and humane ties
The complicated nature of human relationships and the loneliness experienced by an individual despite being surrounded by family were some of the topics that came up for discussion at the Kalam Agra session held on August 19. In conversation with Aparna Poddar, author Pratyaksha Sinha spoke about the complexity of social and family ties and shared her journey as a writer exploring these aspects through different characters. Sinha said she is particularly impressed by multilingual personalities. “For the very same reason, I have made use of a mix of Urdu, Hindi and English in my novel, Barishghar,” she said. Sinha added that out of these languages, Urdu happens to be her favourite. Some characters in her writing take inspiration from real-life individuals, while others are purely a figment of the imagination. The book Barishghar, Sinha added, is a reflection of today’s society and its effects on families. On the popularity of social media, Sinha said it is only a makebelieve world, where people project their lives to be better than real life. “People show only the good part of their lives on social media; it’s actually a fake world out there,” she added. ITC Mughal general manager Rajat Sethi delivered the welcome note, while Ehsaas woman of Agra Vinti Kathuria gave away the vote of thanks. The session was presided over by Poonam Sachdeva.