Thursday, April 4, 2019

A2Z April Challenge 2019: D for Dayanita

Dayanita is the heroine in my novel The Wooing of the Shrew. This is the third and final book in the trilogy The Thakore Royals, where I have written stories surrounding the contemporary royals of India.

I introduced Princess Dayanita Thakore of Udaipur and her brothers in my book Maharaja International, which is the third in the trilogy, The Bansal Legacy

I love to read series that connect characters and I have come across this in the books by Georgette Heyer, Johanna Lindsey, Nora Roberts and Janet Dailey. It’s fun when you come across a protagonist who has been introduced in an earlier book and one is able to connect the dots, nodding one’s head vigorously, thinking, Oh yes, I know this one. I met her in that book or I met him in the other story. 

I have tried to bring that to my readers when I introduced the Thakore siblings in one book and went on to pen separate books for each of them.

As for Dayanita, well, no one is perfect. Either one has a temper or some other weakness. Dayanita is a shrew. She’s trouble with a capital T, while her grandmother, Rajmata Santhini Devi Thakore, spoils her rotten.

And then she meets Prince Harshvardhan Gaekwad of Baroda, who is calm, polite and on his way to becoming a star of Bollywood. Sparks fly and how! 

The book is about how Harshvardhan manages to woo the shrew. It was a joy developing Dayanita’s character, her transformation, without losing her original nature.

The idea for weaving stories around the contemporary royals of India came to me when I went to Udaipur and checked out the City Palace and Museum there. As for this particular book starring Dayanita, I also watched many videos and read up a lot of information on the net about Disneyland, Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles Film School and the #metoo movement and its side effects. 

What I really love about writing books is that it’s not only I who likes my books, but a whole lot of others as The Thakore Royal books have sold a minimum of 10000 copies, each.

D for Dashavatar series: This is a series that targets youngsters and young parents and is based on Indian Mythology. It’s a 10-book series on the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, out of which, I have written and published five so far. 

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