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Author Highlight: Om Somani Discusses his Novel ‘Peppered Minds’ and Stories from his Life

We are delighted to welcome a very promising novelist Om Somani for a brief Q & A session at our website about his Amazon Bestseller novel, ‘Peppered Minds’.

In this Q & A session, he will be talking about his writing aspirations, inclination towards offbeat fiction, and much more. Stay on...while we chat with him. 

What inspired you to write this novel?

The inspiration of writing the novel is twofold, one is the strong desire of creativity and second I wanted to bring in all the experiences of work life and type of people seen around with their behavior and impact of their attitude on country’s fate.

How did you evolve the concept of chili affecting the human brain?

As a matter of fact, concept of chili is my own observation. I have seen many a times when I would consume chili in great amount I would lose sharpness of thinking power and get loose on things.

How did you feel when your book became an Amazon Bestseller?

It was an amazing feel.

How did you do research for this book?

Research of my book was based on certain hypothesis on the effects of chili which I observed keenly on several occasions. A lot of cross referencing was done both in mythological records and other available literature. It was subsequently correlated with development status of high and low chili consuming states of the world. I noticed that more or less countries with less consumption of chili have better state of development status with a high on innovation and low in corruption scale as compared to countries with high consumption of chili. However, there could be a few exceptions to this concept.  I also realized by looking in to old records that ancient India without trace of chili was prolific in every aspect of science and spiritualism.

Who is your favourite Indian author?

My favorite author is R.K.Narayan.

Which character you liked most from your book?

In fact there is more than one character. I would like to mention here that  Neeraj , Shanta and Preeti are my favorite characters.

Why did you put so much detailing about each character?

I personally feel without details of events and characters,a feel of live characters cannot appear. I also knew any detailing without sense of humor will not attract attention of the readers, therefore everything I tried was witty and subtle.

How will you define the tone of your novel?

The tone of novel clearly reflects that time has come to change to step out from a blinding world to enlightened world. Chili could be one factor and can be debatable but one thing is clear that it’s time to come out of the poor and corrupt thinking which push the nation in to a state of inferiority.  So essentially the minds could be peppered even without chili, and needs a shift for betterment with a smooth determination by all means and this is the essence of the novel.

What are you working on next?

My next work is wishfully on Corona pandemic. Because it has changed the entire world and it will be exciting to write on a new world.

Any advice for the budding authors in India?

The only advice to the budding authors is to have keen observation on the things happening around and analyze them critically before penning down.

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