Author: Ruchira Khanna
Pub. Date: April 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Neena Arya, a Delhi-born goes abroad for further studies and decides to settle down there. Determined to be a 'somebody' from a 'nobody' she blends with the Americans via the accent and their mannerisms while having a live-in relationship with her European boyfriend, Adan Somoza.
When illness hits home, Neena rushes to meet her ailing dad. Tragedy strikes and amidst the mingling with relatives and friends, she finds herself suffocated with the two different cultures that she has been breathing since she moved to the United States. How will she strike a balance between both the cultures as she continues to support her widowed mother? Will she be able to do justice to her personal and professional life after the loss?
Amidst the adjusting she bonds with an ally and learns about ties beyond blood. On what grounds will she be able to form an invisible thread that she has longed for since childhood?
Breathing Two Worlds ventures into cultures and ethnicity allowing Neena to ponder upon her foundation and priorities.
Excerpt from breathing two worlds:
“Oh!” the Mom answered, but could not contain her curiosity with one hand holding the hyper toddler and the other on her hip she could not resist, “You two don’t look like brother-sister, hmmm. So, what is your relationship?” she inquired with a slight smile in a soft voice but without any inhibition. A handful of seniors sitting in the same room observed all the drama and nodded to each other while their fingers were moving on the Tulsi neck beads.Neena rolled her eyes and thought to herself, “Jeez! We Indians are always darn inquisitive.”Nikhil immediately got up and started walking towards the dining area. This was happening to them for the umpteenth time, and he was now tired of clarifying things. He had lived in this country for half a decade now and still he could never understand the fascination Indians had for marriage and children.Neena was confused at first because it was unlike Nikhil to be so rude. On the contrary, sometimes Neena referred to him on lessons in patience but today it was different. But then she didn’t have a choice; she felt it was rude to walk away from the young mother leaving the conversation unanswered. Moreover given Indian mentality in all possibility, she might even follow them till she had a convincing answer to her question.
About the Author: Ruchira Khanna
Ruchira Khanna, a biochemist turned writer, left her homeland of India to study in America, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Biochemistry from SJSU and a degree in Technical Writing from UC Berkeley.After finishing her studies, Ruchira worked as a biochemist at a Silicon Valley startup for five years. After the birth of her son, Ruchira took a job as a technical writer, so that she could
work from home. Soon, she began doing freelance writing work as well.Her love of writing grew and she started working on her own books. After four years of freelancing, Ruchira published her first book, a fiction novel for adults called Choices.Then came the children’s book The Adventures of Alex and Angelo: The Mystery of the Missing Iguana. She got a thumb’s up review from Kirkus Reviews.In January 2016, she has published her second fictional novel Voyagers into the Unknown. It talks about the quest for happiness as the heavy hearted tourists travel miles from different parts of the world to Raj Touristry in Agra, India. Return to their respective home with a healed heart. This book talks about their journey!In Breathing Two Worlds, Ruchira talks about ethnicity and cultures, and helps to strike a balance via a fiction-drama novel as her characters breathe two worlds.In addition to writing books, she is a holistic healer associated with Stanford Healing Partners and also maintains a blog of daily mantras on Blogspot, called Abracabadra. Ruchira currently resides in California with her family.
INTERVIEW W/ Ruchira Khanna
Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
- ‘Am fond of singing, and classical Indian music.
How did you realize you wanted to write?
- When emotions were flowing in plenty. It was time to jot them down in order to get a handle of life. Thus, started the process of writing.
What books have most influenced your life most?
- I have been a fan of authors who always leave an impact when I finish reading their work whether it is fiction or non-fiction. To name a few: Paulo Coelho, Nicholas Sparks, Deepak Chopra, Jodi Picoult
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?
- Nopes! Quite happy with whatever life has to offer.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in writing?
- I prefer to capture the emotions of a human rather than describing a particular place or a city, which I find quite challenging.
What projects are you working on at the present?
- Working on a manuscript that involves trauma and ambition.
What book are you reading now (or the last book you read)?
- Just finished reading a non-fiction: 30 days to a pristine kitchen.
About Your Book:
If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
- I would prefer to be Adan, and maybe spend an evening in a nightclub to actually get a feel of what enticed him to be in that profession for months.
Are there any content or trigger warnings readers should be aware of?
- There is one intimate scene between Neena and Adan to give a feel of their closeness to the readers especially since they both come from different backgrounds.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
- Enjoy the various emotions that flow along this fiction novel.
Rapid Fun Time!!
Favorite food? Lentil-Rice
Favorite Movie? Up
Last song you listened to: Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
Dragons or unicorns? Unicorn
Superpower of choice? Heal everybody!
How is the best way for readers to connect with you and learn more about your books? www.ruchirakhanna.com
Thanks so much Ruchira for answering my questions! I can’t wait to read Breathing Two Worlds.
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