New Delhi, (Samajweekly) Stressing that folktales are history and imagination, reality and magic, allegory and farce – everything rolled in one, writer Anukriti Upadhyay feels they are the most versatile form of fiction, lending themselves to all sorts of purposes.
“These are the stories our ancestors told each other to remember what happened and resolve the unresolved. Promising a sense of community, their power will always remain immense. If I can harness even a fraction of that power in the stories I tell, I would feel I have achieved something,” says the writer, whose latest ‘Kintsugi: A Novel’ recently hit the shelves (HarperCollins India).
The novel began as a story she wrote in Hakone during her first visit to a Japanese onsen. “After I completed the story, I had that indefinable feeling that there was something more to be said. The characters – Haruko, Meena, Yuri, Hajime, Leela, Prakash and all had stories that needed to be told…” says Upadhyay whose book is based in Jaipur and Japan.
For someone whose two previous works — ‘Daura’ and ‘Bhaunri’ were also based in the desert state, where she was born and raised, the fascination towards the land continues. “Rajasthan is a tough land populated with hardy people. And yet, there is life and vigour in the folk of the desert. There are stories and songs of joy, love, festivals and celebrations unique to the Rajasthanis. The landscape of endless sand dunes, green oases, forts and mud huts are endlessly evocative for me. I have been absorbing this while growing up, and it organically emerges in my writings.”..