- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House India Private Limited; Latest edition (12 September 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143422650
- ISBN-13: 978-0143422655
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.9 x 20.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,36,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Daddy's Girl Paperback – 12 Sep 2016
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I got my copy of DG day before and finished it yesterday. Interesting spin on the Arushi murder that has attracted so much attention. With the recent film on the murder, most folks in India are closely aware of the case. The author is still able to create some tension and a twist in the tale. The best part for me was description of Express staff - many of the people mentioned were caricatured cleverly. It should be easy to recognize their real avatars. I found the description of cop-officer-politician-journo nexus chilling. If this is what goes on in the corridors of power then clearly Kalyug is well and truly here. Recommended for those who like me are ignorant of how things move. --By Arvind Jha on 29 September 2016
About the Author
Swati Chaturvedi is an award winning and broadcast journalist who has worked for 'The Statesman, the Indian Express, Hindustan Times and Zee News'. She lives in New Delhi. This is her first book.
From the Publisher
A Conversation with Swati Chaturvedi
Q. How did you arrive at the idea for this book?
Swati Chaturvedi: Working with 24/7 TV had drained me and doing my own one to one show for five years felt that I was doing the same thing again and again. I had not become a journalist to do the same thing over and over. A very unpleasant ethical vacuum at the channel I worked for made me want to leave. And when I quit, they refused to accept my resignation, so I asked for a sabbatical.
Writing a novel is every journalist’s dream I reckon and I started writing after meeting my editor at Penguin. It was daunting and possibly the hardest thing I have ever done but also the most enjoyable.
Seeing the reaction to this book has made everything worth it.
Q. You are a journalist by profession and you have also worked as a crime reporter in the past. How did your experience as a journalist help you in writing this book?
Swati Chaturvedi: I completely drew on my own experiences in the newsroom as a crime reporter from when I had started out. In some ways Daddy's Girl is a complete insider account of politics, media and how high profile crime is investigated.
I still think of journalism as imbued with a huge amount of idealism and Meera the reporter is reflective of that. She's fiery, feisty and willing to go the extra mile in pursuit of the story. In many ways she is the sort of journalist I am.
Q. What drew you to crime thrillers? Why did you pick this genre for your first book?
Swati Chaturvedi: I love reading and am addicted to murder mysteries only one rule keep them hooked. I wanted to keep it racy and real. It's my first book I hope I have achieved it somewhat. The reader and reviewer response is certainly reassuring.
Q. Your book is about the murder of young girl from a middle-class family, on the surface it bears resemblance to the Talwar case. Is your book somewhat inspired by this real-life crime?
Swati Chaturvedi: I have covered many murders including the gruesome Naina Sahni Tandoor murder case. The book has nothing to do with the Talwar case but, yes if you write about a girl's murder I think the comparison is now quite inevitable. But, there are so many less reported cases which are similar.
Q. The literary establishment does not consider crime fiction as serious writing. Why do you think this is the case?
Swati Chaturvedi: I think of this as very unfair. I think the solution is the quality of writing along with a story. I don't like these button holes of genres. I don't think readers care. As a reader, I care about books not genres.
Q. Who are your mentors, your literary forbearers? What were some of the books that have inspired you in your journey as a writer?
Swati Chaturvedi: Reading is my drug. And, I am an omnivore devouring books. Everything from Mahabharata which I read and re read half a dozen times to Jane Austen all her books, Agatha Christie, P G Wodehouse everything re read several times, Arthur Conan Doyle, Vikram Seth A suitable boy is my favourite book and comfort read to Amitav Ghosh particularly sea of poppies. Happiness to me is a great read which I crave.
Q. What’s next for you?
Swati Chaturvedi: I have already written my next explosive investigation book for Juggernaut. And, will keep writing on the further adventures of Meera - she's already cross that she's been ignored. I will of course carry on my day job as an investigative journalist.
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The best part for me was description of Express staff - many of the people mentioned were caricatured cleverly. It should be easy to recognize their real avatars. I found the description of cop-officer-politician-journo nexus chilling. If this is what goes on in the corridors of power then clearly Kalyug is well and truly here.
Recommended for those who like me are ignorant of how things move.
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