Suchitra Krishnamoorthi is one person who is hard to put in a box. Famously known for her role of Anna in the Shahrukh Khan-starrer Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994), the actress, in addition to being a trained musician, a poet and an artist, is also an author. Her latest, a young adult thriller and the newest addition to the Swapnalok Society series titled, Ghost on the Ledge revolves around a pre- teen, Anupama and the mystery behind her spotting ghostly figures that make appearances at her window. Krishnamoorthi, who just did four shows of a play based on her fictional memoir, Drama Queen (2013), says that while she had been writing poetry and songs for a long while, the idea of penning down a full-fledged novel came about in 2009. “I had some nine solo art exhibitions back to back and I decided to take a break after that,” says the author adding that it was during the break that the idea for her first book, The Summer of Cool, came to her. Krishnamoorthi, who finished writing her first book in six weeks, says that she doesn’t have a dedicated and disciplined routine. “I tend to write during bursts of creativity and at a stretch,” she says picking Jhumpa Lahiri, Khaled Hosseini, Ernest Hemingway and Devdutt Pattanaik among others as authors she admires. With her play keeping her busy for now, Krishnamoorthi plans on turning a play she had written long ago into a book, although that is “just an idea I am toying with for now,” she says, signing off.
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