Blossom Showers chronicles an untold saga

The novel is set in a town called Manjooran that bears semblance to modern day Mangalore and covers a story encompassing hundred years of a family.

Formerly a bureaucrat, Giselle Mehta parted ways with the Indian Revenue Service after ten years to embrace enterprise and self-exploration. During the journey she authored her debut novel Blossom Showers where she has tried to imprint a compelling saga of three generations of the Cordelio family which is propelled by eventful pace and robust characterization. Below are the excerpts from the interview.

Tell us something about this book?
Blossom Showers covers three tumultuous generations of a family, narrated in successive voices over a period that spans 1902-2010.

It’s been my particular challenge to give each of my protagonists (indeed all my characters) a voice that suits the particular time period and persona. I preferred a story with a strong focus on the inner life of characters as they grapple with the roller coaster of life.  

What made you write the book?

It was virtually my school girl dream to write a novel. My way with words was recognized by one of my teachers, but the dream was obscured by more pressing activities and pursuits. In 2000, after 10 years in the bureaucracy I was on my own. I had a strong need to redefine my identity. I realized that writing was the core of my creative persona, and I took it forward from there.

When did you know that you have a book in you?
It’s hard to pin down exactly when I felt I had a book in me. There were various interests and aptitudes of mine that clamored to be expressed. As a reader I particularly loved books with a historical touch; I also hoped to write in a way that at least partly evokes a less charted past.

The complexities of human personality and the world of emotions have always intrigued me, especially since I studied Psychology as a subject. My awareness of business cycles allowed me to use them as a background for the changing fortunes of my characters. The rest owes itself to my keen observation and memory of lifestyle aspects. All the above and more fused to furnish the confidence of a novel ambitious in scope and size.  

What kind of research did you need to do for the book?

The research was multi-pronged because it covers essentially a period from 1902-2010 and covers a range of elements and aspects which was essential for my story. Fundamental to this rendezvous with the past it was also acquainting me with accounts of pioneering planters in what was then called Mysore. The locales of my book shift between the fictional Ashpore in the Western Ghats and Manjooran on the West Coast. For the latter, oral accounts of elders were invaluable in conjuring up the gracious lifestyles of an affluent Westernized community. College magazines and publications of social clubs published around the1900’s helped me learn the language that was used in communication at that time.     

Share some anecdotes that you encountered while writing the book?
I was particular delighted to find some obscure information on the coronation of King Edward VII in England and the celebrations in coastal Canara, which gave me a dramatic starting point and also helped to define the character of Rex.

This happened much before I wrote the book and weaved it into my story. As a Deputy Commissioner of Customs, I had to deal with poignant cases of confiscated foreign cars. Fleeing Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, the owners had driven over burning sands and across the terrain of many countries to suffer this numbing loss over the legal inflexibility of the need for an import license. My empathy with their plight is reflected in the predicament of my character Farrah and her family.  

Who is the target audience for this book?
I think my book would appeal to any reader who would like to be engrossed and even emotionally moved by my memorable characters. Those receptive to understanding social milieus outside the mainstream or those who like being illumined with interesting information and insights have reported immense enjoyment of its contents

Publisher: Frog Books and Leadstart Publishing
Price: Rs. 395
Author: Giselle Mehta
Book: Blossom Showers

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CelineBenny Dec 07th, 2011 11:32 AM

Checked on,was lucky to find the last copy. Even it cost me $23 was happy to own it sooner than wait for someone to  get it from India even if it cost less than $6 over there.
Giselle you have written it so well it kept me engrossed and finished reading it in 10 days.(Finish reading a book in that short time is guinness record for a slow reader like me) Familiarity with mangalore, konkani language and the manglorean  catholic coffee planter families and their life made it more juicy and interesting to read. Looking forward to more novels from you.

Celine Benny Sep 18th, 2011 10:10 AM

Can't wait to own a copy of this book. I hope it is soon available to  buy on the net. I am your fan since our college days. I am sure this debut novel will be a shining star of your writing skill and talents. Congratulation and wishing you success in your future literary works.

Rajesh Jul 27th, 2011 04:48 PM

Eagerly looking forward reading the book. Wish the author success and hope many more blossoming showers.

Rathi Rao Jul 23rd, 2011 11:05 AM

I have commenced to read " Blossom showers" and find it quite enthralling. Sincere compliments to the author, Ms Giselle Mehta.She has done a wonderful job.  

Jawahar Jul 23rd, 2011 09:31 AM

It's good to know that this book is set in two picturesque locations of Karnataka- the West Coast and the Western ghats. As readers, it's good to  be enriched by lesser known aspects of our own land. 

Anu Jul 22nd, 2011 10:18 PM

at 440 pages the novel may seem lengthy. but the author interview indicates  eventful and enjoyable reading.  

Chris Jul 22nd, 2011 09:12 PM

it's appropriate and long over due that a writer woke up to the sufferings of those who fled Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. I thank Giselle Mehta for her empathy.

Anand LG Jul 22nd, 2011 08:57 PM

Wishing this debut novelist a wide readership and much success.

Naresh M. Walder Jul 22nd, 2011 12:55 PM

Thanks for the coverage. I'm eager to connect with the writing of this articulate author.

Dolly Jul 22nd, 2011 12:23 PM

I'm acquainted with Ms Giselle Mehta as a parent I met on the campus of Indus International School, Bangalore. She came across  as a warm and friendly person. Her literary achievement is a happy surprise

Chandrashekhar Jul 22nd, 2011 11:27 AM

It's nice to know the beginnings of a new author in our midst.

Vijay Taranath Jul 22nd, 2011 08:19 AM

Nice article, informative interview.

Bunny Jul 21st, 2011 09:35 PM

A character driven novel will fill a certain void in current writing.

Malavika Jul 21st, 2011 08:26 PM

Eagerly waiting to read Blossom Showers 

Sid Saluja Jul 21st, 2011 07:42 PM

A lovely achievement- all the best to you,  Giselle

Lee Gabriel Jul 21st, 2011 02:17 PM

Wishing the debut novelist all the best.

Karan Jul 21st, 2011 01:59 PM

" Blossom Showers" promises to be a very interesting and offbeat book.

d b mehta Jul 21st, 2011 01:58 PM

  I am the first reader of "Blossom Showers" and eversince have been a great fan of the Novel(in anycase I have always been a great fan of the Author). I am both honoured and humbled as BS is dedicated to me. BS is a culmination of 5 years of one page every day of writing anywhere between 10pm to 2am almost every single night. I am witness to the hard work, dedication and sacrifices that have gone into this novel. She has balanced her roles as an entrepreneur, creative person, mother and wife very effectively. BS is a must read and deserves winning a few awards.

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