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Wednesday February 28, 2018

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Exploring a life full of mystery and surprise By Julia Czerwonatis

Rajorshi Chakraborti has been living in Wellington for over seven years now, and with his new book, the Karori author explores his experiences here weaving them into fiction. Raj’s sixth book, The man

who would not see, is partly auto-biographic, and partly fictional taking the reader into Raj’s childhood in India as well as into his present life in Karori. “For the book, I picked up two things I haven’t explored yet through my writing,” Raj

Raj launched his new book The man who would not see last week at Marsden Books in Karori. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

says. “For one, there’s this mystery in my family of someone disappearing. “And secondly, I bring my life here in Wellington under the fictional microscope – especially my experience of becoming a parent which has tremendously changed my life.” Raj published his first book in 2002. He wanted to become a writer for a long time, he says, but before he started to write he had a “long apprenticeship” of absorbing as much literature as he could. Characters in Raj’s new book The man who would not see are inspired by people he knows including his wife Sacha and their daughter. He is grateful, he says, that they trusted him to embed their life stories in his book’s characters. “I couldn’t have written this without a certain level of openness from the people I write about. “In return I portrait them with as much richness and complexity as I can.”

When Raj writes a book, he explains, he starts off with a strong impulse or an idea and from there ventures on exploring the story. “I like not knowing what happens next. “Only when I’m taken by surprise about what happened in a chapter, I know it’s worth being in the book.” He says while finishing a book is a very satisfying feeling he loves every step of the way to writing a story. “My life is mysterious and full of surprises – there’s so much to discover, and I enjoy turning this into something I can share with others. “I inhabit every step of writing and feel fundamental enjoyment when drafting every single sentence. “Every line has to be a perfect balance between sound and sense, and it has to be truthful.” Raj is already half-way through a draft for his next book, a “supernatural mystery thriller”, as he describes it. “Having written a domestic, realist novel I needed the next one to be very different.”

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The Cashmere Avenue School Fair returns next Sunday with a range of great entertainment and delicious food for everyone. “At the fair we’ll have great quality jumble, books and clothes, food stalls, auctions, raffles, coffee, home baking, bumper boats, a giant 14-foot inflatable bouncing castle on the school field, and a smash palace,” Allie Breslin from the Cashmere Avenue Home and School committee says.

The fair will be opened at 11am by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester who will also announce the winner of the golden ticket – a raffle prize that will make one child the “king” or “queen” of the fair allowing them to try anything they want. Allie says much credit goes to local business owners who help to make the fair possible each year. “Mike Walshe, the owner of New World in Khandallah, is a

great supporter of our school not just at the fair time but for other fundraisers during the year,” Allie says. “We really appreciate his help as well as the support of other local businesses.” Khandallah restaurant Automat will have a stall selling Pork Sliders at the fair, MoJo coffee are running a coffee cart again, Easyswim will be providing bumper boats to use in the school pool, and local real estate agent

Mehdi Zerhouni from Tommy’s helped with his sponsorship. “We also have some great auction prizes from FAB hair company, The Village Green, Khandallah Garage, KTC, Salon Villair, Cashmere Lounge, Tea Pea and more,” Allie explains. “It’s going to be a family fun day for the entire community so come along next Sunday.”  The Cashmere Avenue School Fair will run from 11am-3pm on Sunday, March 11.

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Independent Herald 28-02-18  

Independent Herald 28-02-18

Independent Herald 28-02-18  

Independent Herald 28-02-18