Anurag Anand, author of the newly launched “Where the Rainbow Ends”, talks about his concerns and hopes
Rahul has everything going his way – a soaring career, a happy family, and all else a man of his age could yearn for. And then suddenly his life begins to crumble around him, leaving him to watch in helpless horror. Avantika, the pretty vivacious girl who had come into Rahul’s life by pure accident, has gone missing. Rahul suspects if Shalini, his first love, is behind Avantika’s disappearance. Where is Avantika? Will Rahul be able to find her? Is it her own past that has come back to consume her or is it something even more vicious? The answers are revealed in Anurag Anand’s latest book titled “Where the Rainbow Ends”, launched recently at Uber Lounge, Greater Kailash 2.
Veiled beneath a captivating story, “Where the Rainbow Ends” aims to spread awareness about cervical cancer – the second largest cause of cancer related deaths among women across the globe and a looming threat that can be averted by timely vaccination – among its readers.
Excerpts from an interview with the author:
When did you start writing?
I started writing about 10 years back when I was 24-25 years of age. The intent was not to write a book. During my college time, I used to work with an NGO whereby I was working on personality development modules for students. Later on when I started working, I was posted to a place where I didn’t have my family and friends. I had sufficient time and started putting my thoughts on paper. Eventually before I could realize, I saw that it had taken the form of a book. I approached a publisher, found one and that’s how my first book “Pillars of Success” came out.
Starting from the “Pillars of Success” in 2004, how has been your journey as an author been so far?
It has been a marvellous journey. My first two books were self-help books and they didn’t do all that well. There were distribution issues and I realised that we Indians are not in the habit of accepting gyan from fellow Indians. We prefer foreigners when it comes to accepting gyan. So that’s when I decided to switch genres and moved to writing fiction. But after that, my first work of fiction “Tic Toc” was widely appreciated.
Why did you choose to call your newest book he title of recently launched book as “Where the Rainbow ends”?
There is a saying that at the end of every rainbow you find a pot of gold. So that’s where this title fits. I would not like to divulge much because if I do that, the suspense of the story will have to be revealed and it might act as a spoiler. The fact is that there is a chase for the pot of gold that has been depicted in the story and at the end of it the person does find the pot of gold that he is looking for. But in the bargain, there are a lot of things that he loses along the journey.
Tell us the story behind the story. How did you come up with the plot of this story?
There are two very crucial elements in the plot. One of them is the father-daughter relationship. Thankfully it was only a little while ago that I became father of a little girl, so I was able to draw from my emotions about my own child and put that into the book. Another fact that people are talking about in the book is the cervical cancer and the related awareness. I owe quite a bit to my wife. She works for a pharmaceutical company that manufactures a vaccine for this particular ailment. She helped me with the medical research that I needed for the story.
Is there any message that you want your readers to take out of this book?
The most important is a basic awareness about cervical cancer. Second is the beauty of relationships. Once you read the book, you realise that there are a lot of relations that we tend to take for granted but every single relationship requires nurturing for it to become beautiful.