Most authors would love a film or TV deal but the route to success can often take years. In today's show, Vikram Chandra explains how his book, Sacred Games, made it to Netflix after many years of failed development, and how his cross-cultural writing enabled a truly multi-cultural experience.
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Vikram Chandra is the multi-award-winning author of Red Earth and Pouring Rain, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book as well as Sacred Games, which has been adapted into a successful Netflix series set in Mumbai. Vikram teaches creative writing at the University of California and is also the CEO of Granthika, a software startup that is reinventing writing and reading for the digital age.
You can listen above or your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and the full transcript below.
- How a bicultural life affects creativity and writing
- On the growing English book market in India
- Cultural differences in storytelling
- The long journey from book to Netflix series
- Getting readers in India interested in our books
- How Vikram’s software Granthika helps writers keep track of timelines, plot details and more
You can find Vikram Chandra at VikramChandra.com.