My third novel
My third novel, tentatively entitled A Time To Dance, is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2013
I'm enjoying the process of writing it and working with Nancy Paulsen (my editor) and Rob
Weisbach (my agent).
A young dance ingenue's world opens up in ways that deepen her spirituality as she recovers
after losing a leg in a tragic accident.
Based on a true story, this is a novel about loss, recovery, and the power of dance; but most of
all, it is a testament to the courage and resilience of the human spirit.
If I were to pick a few buzz words/search terms such as the ones one sees on the copyright
page of a novel, my choices would be:
1. Dance - fiction.
2. Disability - fiction.
3. Spirituality - fiction.
4. India - contemporary - fiction.
The novel is inspired by the true lives of a few Bharatanatyam dancers; first and foremost,
Shoba Sharma, by whose courage and love of the art I was inspired at an early age.
Several other dancers whose performances I've watched have certainly had an impact on my
understanding of this ancient art form: the artists who performed such wonderful
dance-dramas at Kalakshetra when I was growing up; Smt. Rukmani Devi; Shri. V. P.
Dhananjayan; Smt. Kamala Lakshman. I was impressed by the dedication of disabled
dancers such as Smt. Sudha Chandran, Shri. Nityananda and Ms. Neroor. However, Shoba's
character, though it owes much to all these dancers, is her own and is events in the novel are
The novel also owes much to my veena teacher, Smt. Savitri Rajan, and my yoga guru, Shri.
Krishnamacharya, both of whom I had the blessing and privilege to learn from as a child.
I'm still conducting some research for the novel and grateful to some wonderful doctors,
biomedical engineers and physiotherapists for answering my questions - most of all, Dr.
Sandeep Murali and Dr. Venkatesh Balasubramaniam
A Time to Dance