Published: 08th November 2017
Ex-factor: Author Prachi Prangya Agasti talks about love lost and love found in her latest book, Dance with Me
Odisha-based Prachi Agasti draws from the heartbreaks of those around her for her fourth novel, Dance with Me
Everyone loves a good love story, a genre that is timeless when it comes to novels and movies alike. But another kind of story that people love to hate, but love all the same, is a story of heartbreak, of lost love. One such recent release is Dance with Me, a romance novel written by 23-year-old Prachi Prangya Agasti. Currently, working at Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh, this is Prachi's fourth novel. This tear-jerker asks one very pertinent question which we’ve all thought about before — What happens when you run into an old flame years after you have parted ways?
First glance: The cover of Prachi's book Dance with Me
But alas, the protagonist of the novel, Jahnvi Sen, faces more pressing issues as she has to work with her ex. "How will you overcome those irreplaceable feelings? Will you let it go or act on it?" questions Prachi, who, in this age of relationships and breakups, has seen many friends go through the same ordeal and transform into someone else. "I observe people, the experiences they go through and how they overcome their hardships," explains Prachi, who has drawn from these observations while writing the novel. And because of her observations, heartbreak is an emotion she recognises all too well. "Something changes inside you. It becomes difficult to share your problems and you are not the same person anymore," she says, confessing that penning this novel has been an emotional journey. Her friends already love this book, published by Notion Press, as they feel that, "the book is filled with romance and passion," she says.
I write about feelings and emotions because these are what matter the most in today's world
Prachi Prangya Agasti, author
Whether it is about getting over a heartbreak or just wanting to feel better after feeling angry or sad, writing is cathartic for Prachi. And since her twelfth grade front bench days, this young author has been coming up with stories. She has written poems in Oriya, short stories in English and a love story. But don't typecast her as an author of the romance genre just yet, because her next is going to be a fantasy fiction, of which she has already written four chapters. "It takes a lot of research and imagination," she realises.
Prachi's favourite genre is historical fiction and one of her favourite books is Once and Always by Judith McNaught
Talking about writing, in general, she says, "Most people in my family write, but I’m the first to get published," expressing how grateful she is for the support that she receives from both her parents, who understand that very few people get the chance to follow their passion. But no matter how passionate she is about writing, she is well aware that there are a lot of other good authors out there. So, to make herself your favourite author, she has just one simple appeal for you, her readers. "I want to write for you. Please give me a chance and see for yourself," she requests. Are you willing to oblige?