BENGALURU: Debutant author Shradha Singh is tired of the ‘touch-and-go’ approach of romance writers. “They don’t go beyond kissing and write with limited imagination to retain ‘innocence’ and ‘purity of love’,” says the Bengalurean who has written an erotic novel Guilt Pass.
The book is on a couple who gift each other such a pass, for their tenth wedding anniversary. The pass allows them to have one fling outside their marriage, and the story explores how the relationship survives the experiment and the rules of polyamory.
She says, “It is about a happily married, urban couple venturing into polyamory which is consensual, ethical and responsible non-monogamy”. Shradha says that she got the material for her book by observing people she comes across everyday.
“You can meet your character anywhere, the lift, office, cabs… parking. I have always loved observing people, connecting with them, listening to their stories,” says this MICA graduate who now works in a radio station dedicated to love, in Mumbai. “I have met people with different kind of relationship status and every relationship status is a story in itself.”
She says, “Work doesn’t seem like work, if you are working in a radio station for romance. Radio stations usually have this easy, free flowing work flow and you are dealing with pounding hearts and broken hearts.”
Reactions to her book have been varied, from celebratory to abusive. “One morning, I posted the cover of my book in our family’s WhatsApp group, there was pin-drop silence! Younger ones in my family broke the chill and congratulated me, gradually the elders gave in.” On social media, strangers have been following her and trolling her. “I am practising fifty shades of snubbing,” she says.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover written by DH Lawrence is her favourite. “Lawrence explores a wide range of relationships and individual regeneration. Nearly 90 years back, he dealt with lack of intimacy so beautifully!” she says.
Shradha is also a poet and loves Sam Hamill’s The Erotic Spirit, “an anthology of poems of sensuality, love, longing”.