Chandra says that he set out to write a
conventional thriller, "You know, the type of thing that starts
with a dead body on the first page and then at the most 300
pages later ends up with everything figured out and fixed,"
However, as he started to research the novel by spending time
with Indian policemen, crime reporters and gangsters, he
realized that what seemed like a local crime "had all these
connections to politics and religion and the ongoing struggles
between nation-states in the region".
In short, Chandra got a sense of "this huge web of events,
people, organizations and forces at work that were affecting
people's lives and linking them together." and at some point he
realized "damn, this is going to be big!"
Seven years later and 928 pages in length (in the English...
Beyond the Book
was born in 1961
in New Delhi. and completed most of his
secondary education at the prestigious
Mayo College boarding school in
Ajmer, Rajasthan. After a short stay at
St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, he
came to the United States as an
undergraduate student. In 1984, he
graduated from Pomona College (in
Claremont, near Los Angeles) with a
magna cum laude BA in English, with a
concentration in creative writing. He
then attended the Film School at
Columbia University in New York.
While in the Columbia library he
happened upon the autobiography of...