Like a richly woven bridal sari, The Chrysalis unfolds with vivid colorfulness, intricate details, and unexpected delight, along with plenty of wrinkles and creases. As Sarai traverses the fine line between honoring her Indian heritage and being true to her own Western mindset, her story unveils the kaleidoscope of human emotion from ecstasy to heartbreak to triumph, along with every nuance in between.
The Chrysalis is a moving novel for anyone who enjoys an emotional roller coaster ride of a story that on the surface is filled with passion and romance but also has a strong undercurrent of something deeper and more spiritual.
Targeted Age Group:: 19-60
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The Chrysalis was inspired by my experiences with 20s and the pressure of marriage. Even though it was at times stressful and at times comical how obsessed Indian parents could be with getting their children married, I always felt like there was so much rich material to write a book.
Regardless of their culture, most people, especially women, face pressures to be coupled up and married. The pressures can come from meddling family members and well-intentioned friends, resulting in mis-matched, contrived, comical setups and blind dates. Also, most women have endured the heartbreak and the loss of the first love and then had to pick up the pieces and move forward.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I started with my two main characters and then added additional characters as I felt it needed to tell the story and make it interesting. Having characters interact with others is a great way to help the reader learn more about the other characters, especially the main one.
“All my life I’d been searching… I could never explain what for… but searching for that sense of completeness, that sense of purpose, that sense of fulfillment. I didn’t get it from school, from work, my personal achievements, and as ashamed as I am to admit it, not even from God. And it was at that moment, I suddenly knew the answers to questions that I didn’t even know I had. In those few seconds of first seeing him, I knew what every person knows when they helplessly, mindlessly fall in love – that despite the fact that not one word had been uttered and that they didn’t even know who the other person was… yet they felt a stirring within, almost a knowing, that somehow they found the one.”
About the Author:
Bindu Adai is inspirational, romance and young-adult novel writer. She is the author of a novel, The Chrysalis, and a memoir, 38 Candles. She is currently working on her next novel, Almost Paradise: Book 1 of The Garden of Eden, a serialized Young Adult (YA) novel. An avid chai and coffee connoisseur, Bindu loves discovering new coffee houses and browsing in bookstores. She works and lives in sunny South Florida.
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