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Updated: January 16, 2013 16:19 IST

Love in times of perfection

Tanya Singhal
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STRIKING A BALANCE: Priyanka Kucheria.
STRIKING A BALANCE: Priyanka Kucheria.

“It’s not a typical love story,” says Priyanka Kucheria about “Perfect Love”

A company secretary-turned-author, 28-year-old Priyanka Kucheria launched her debut novel Perfect Love at Kunzum Café, Hauz Khas Village recently. Though nervous and apprehensive about the launch, Kucheria’s happiness knew no bounds. The event was graced by chief guest Kunal Lalani, managing director, Crayon Communications Group. Kishor Singh, who is a columnist for a business daily, also arrived later in the evening. It took Kucheria around a year and a half to put together her 203-page-long novel, published by Leadstart Publishing Company.

“There were times when my husband would come home late from work, and it was in those moments of boredom that I would take out a book and start writing. Even though I used to be angry about his coming home late, I’m glad that that gave me an opportunity to work on my book,” reflects Kucheria. Asked what inspired her to write, Kucheria says, “I wanted to make my parents proud. And I had a flair for writing.” She was also inspired by Danielle Steel, her all-time favourite author.

Looking back at her childhood, she recalls how the mere use of the word “love” was off limits and considered to be a reticent topic. And to have written an entire novel on the same is something that has astounded her beyond measure.

About her book, Kucheria says, “It’s not a typical love story; it’s about relationships. It’s about passion, blood, betrayal and revenge.” A story revolving around four characters who display a whole gamut of emotions and personalities, Perfect Love attempts to edify people to never give up on love. She believes that readers can definitely relate to the characters and their emotions. Mainly for the Indian crowd, she feels that the values and principles imbibed by Indians are what make her story so relatable.

Born and brought up in Chennai, she shifted to Delhi after her marriage. Striking a balance between her professional as well as personal life, Kucheria is grateful to her family for supporting her throughout the journey. “Working late into the night to writing in the daytime, I would stop any work that I would be doing if I got any new idea for the book,” she says.

“I hope to get a positive response to my book. Touching the hearts of the readers is all that matters,” signs off Kucheria.

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