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Tuesday, 11 May 2021 01:07 GMT

Abhay Sarkaria - Literature in Lockdown


(MENAFN - Evincepub) Literature in Lockdown 
How are the authors in the anthology dealing with the pandemic when it comes to their
creativity? As it turns out, the pressures of a pandemic don’t always have the same effect on
writerly output. Here’s one of them.
Writing is never easy, not even under the most ideal circumstances. It’s even harder during a
virus-driven lockdown, no matter what your individual situation. Even if you have lots of time
to sit down and write, the worldwide tension is so heavy that it risks coming through the
walls of your house-turned-prison, crushing your urge to create in the process. 
For a couple of months now we have been staring down the barrel of a dystopian summer.
No camping trips, no swim in the community pool and no family holidays. Just lots of peace,
quiet, and communion with Nature. And, plenty of domestic violence, melancholy and
murder.
Of course, some have to get out to work for survival while others have upped and left home
for elsewhere where they have hunkered down to record these strange times. Abhay
Sarkaria is one such writer who has written his debut book The Golden Orion (published by
Evincepub) while the Coronavirus made us beat a forced retreat to our homes. Writing is an
old, familiar haunt for Abhay, who has been scriptwriter of Surjeet Choudhary Productions,
and has spent more than a decade working in literature, animation and documentary
formats. The Golden Orion is sold worldiwide successfully.
"I was raised in Jammu and worked in Delhi and Mumbai with production houses. Working
on novels has helped me perceive the unusual,” says Abhay on how he came to tell the short
stories in his book that were first written as fun and bedtime story for family and friends.
“The idea to write first struck on 5 April, when i went into lockdown. The book has lived its
own journey since. I never thought of it as a physical book", says Abhay adding that he wrote
two more novels, in which one is dwelling on nearly every aspect of the lockdown.
The ideas, written in the early months of lockdown, strangely seemed to have predicted the
future, especially some of the terms that crowd our vocabulary now. “A lot of the ideas came
from reading tomes. Fact and fiction merged,” he says, adding that when he wrote his story
he wasn't sure, about risks of being get failed. Written in-between work from home, the
book begins with chapter, The Orglud Box. The book is named, 'The Golden Orion'.

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