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Interview with Kanika Dhillon, author of The Dance of Durga

Kanika Dhillon’s The Dance of Durga was reviewed by The Good Book Corner on 1/6/2016.

TGBC got in touch with Kanika, to know more about The Dance of Durga.


1. What inspired this book? 
KD: The  germ of this book originated from the idea of exploring faith-  what happens when it is shattered and manipulated. The journey of a young girl from a passionate devotee to a vengeful spiritual guru excited me.  The story invites a discussion on  the quintessential question – do you know what you are really made of? The extent you can go and push yourself, can you surprise yourself with your own vengeance and passion? And when you are challenged by Fate – Destiny – God- can you really hold your own?
2. The theme is a bit controversial. What sorts of a reaction has it generated from your first readers and editors? 
KD: It is controversial only if we see it and evaluate through a religious prism. Spirituality, personal faith and personal vengeance is not controversial. The novel is about an intimate journey that defines my protagonist. And we should consume the story by dropping our own judgements and notions. Rajjo has her own learning and her own path, her own mistakes and blunders- we should not invite the storms that my protagonist endures in our own lives and colour them with a general judgement.
3. The narrative is very realistic. Given your background in screenwriting, do you write with the aim of having the story turned into a film, drama or television show? How has screenwriting helped you? 
KD: I don’t write a novel with the aim of getting it adapted into a film because I am a screenwriter and I have that medium available to me. Between the covers of my book is where I have set up my canvas to write the story and I enjoy it thoroughly.
 At al later stage if someone wants to adapt the novel for the screen, yes why not.But while I am writing the novel that is not the aim.
 Screenwriting has helped me to control my thoughts and pace the story.  While writing novel chapters one can get carried away since you have a large canvas and the liberty to expound on your thought. In screenplay – brevity and editing is a very inherent skill, maintaining pace and moving the plot goes hand in hand while you are conveying your emotion. That training is good for me when I sit down to write my chapters – I strive not to get lost in the world I create.
4. What next- films and books? 
KD: Currently I have two films in various stages of pre production and development. Man Marziyan – produced by Anand L Rai and an untitled project with UTV. I have just finished writing a thriller and would be able to share the details of the project in some time.
As far as my next book is concerned, I shall wait for a couple of months for my mind to settle as Rajjo and Durga were dominating that space for over two years, and then start my discovery of another world, story and characters!

About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

2 comments on “Interview with Kanika Dhillon, author of The Dance of Durga

  1. Jocelyn Polizzi
    June 15, 2016

    How can I purchase this book? I live in Canada, Amazon says it is not available to me through them.


    • artikabakshi
      June 15, 2016

      Hi Jocelyn, it’s available on for US$3.75 on kindle


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