The 20-year-old from Hyderabad wrote his debut novel in the epistolary style, which consists of letters between characters and is unusual. Padmanabha Reddy wrote his debut novel titled “I Heard an Owl Scream” in epistolary style, where the entire story is told through letters.
This debut work is a mixture of historical references and fiction, told by a brother to his sweet sister. The young writer said, “My roots are in Wanaparthy district. I studied in Hyderabad during my childhood and went to Delhi during my graduation. From my childhood, my grandfather was a great inspiration. He used to tell me stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. Later I started reading books and the first novel I read was The Lord of the Rings. It was a novel I loved very much. Furthermore, I started reading more books and my love for literature led me to the field of book writing.”
Talking about the epistolary format, Reddy said, “The epistolary format is where the story is written in letters, emails or newspaper clippings, where email is the newer version. The basic idea behind it is that we are telling a story that is very intimate in nature because it’s a conversation between two people. The intimate way of storytelling helps us tell the story in a different way, not from a bird’s eye view.” He said: “This is in epistolary format, which literally means it is written in letters. It is an unusual format. However, there have been several novels that have been written in this format. The most famous among them is ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelly,” he said. .
Reddy said that Arvind Adiga’s “White Tiger”, which was written in the same format, was a big inspiration for him. “‘Kanthapura’ was another inspiration where the English that is written doesn’t sound like English but like any other Indian language. Before writing this book there was proper research because it is a historical work. I did a lot of research. The story can be fiction but the background is well researched because the background can’t be fiction. If not it will become fantasy. The book is set in 1930’s and 1940’s in Telangana or Hyderabad state. Few people outside Telugu states know about So I wanted many people they know about it,” he said.
The 20-year-old spoke about his future ambitions and said: “I’m currently working on a master’s degree. I want to continue with academia as well as write books. I’m writing a new novel set in a modern city.” A book reviewer and Padmanabha’s friend, Aditya said, “I have read around 200-250 books, but nothing in letter format. When Padmanabha first approached me and narrated the story, I asked him what was new about it. He replied that he wrote it in a different format. The story might be similar, but the format is rare. After reading the book, I felt it was interesting because it was a story told by a brother to his sister through letters. It’s really relatable as we used to write letters in childhood.”
Aditya further said that Padmanabha wrote in a manner and language that all types of readers would be interested in reading. “I find this format novel. This was a decent attempt considering it’s his debut novel. This is a new and different style. It was a good attempt on his part to take historical references and add fiction to it. He wrote in a manner and language which all types of readers would be interested in reading,” he added. (ANI)
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