Meet Sunita Lad Bhamray, author of Ganga Jamuna, her third novel, published by Kitaab International.
Her first, Triumphs on the Turf, was about horse racing in India. It was followed by a chldren’s book, Grandma Lim’s Persimmons.
All About Me
My name… Is Sunita Lad Bhamray but I prefer to be known as Su.
My family…I have a very large family of two fabulous kids, a wonderfully supportive husband, my dog Sasha, my parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, my in-laws and, last, but not least, my friends.
I was born in…. In a small city called Kolhapur in western India. This place is my mother’s hometown and is famous for its Ambabai temple, which is a shrine of the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Kolhapur is also known for its special leather footwear called Kolhapuri Chappal.
But now live in… Singapore: a little red dot in Asia. Singapore is a beautifully vibrant Nation city that is a melting pot of cultures. It is also known for its modern buildings and clinically clean surroundings.
I like my home because… I love the city that I live in is because it has amazing greenery, world famous orchids and exemplary food. My home has a lovely bay view and you will find me on most mornings and evenings reclining in my balcony watching the water view as I write.
One thing I’d change about me… Well, I’d like to be taller by a few inches.
One thing I wouldn’t… My smile!
Best holiday? My best holiday is the one our family took to Kuantan in Malaysia. We drover eight hours from Singapore to get there. The road was arduous and blocked by slow moving traffic. However, being with the kids, who kept us in splits with their crazy teenage humour was very memorable. The vast stretches of palm plantations flanking the highway made for a lovely sight. And Kuantan had a gorgeous beach resort with untouched beaches and a spectacular blue sea. It was the best holiday.
Worst? This was 18 years ago when I was expecting my second child. We decided on a whim to spend a weekend in the mountains. After reaching there late in the evening we discovered that there were no rooms available in the little town and so we had to drive further into the night to the next town. After reaching there we finally managed a room in a rundown hotel but soon learnt to our dismay that the heating system there had broken down. Next we discovered our two-year-old had suddenly come down with a fever. It went further downhill from there and the holiday turned into a nightmare.
Favourite film? I’m a great fan of chick flicks, but one film that made a mark and has always been unbeatable on my favourite list is One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
Favourite writer? Booker nominee Vikram Seth and his book A Suitable Boy are my favourites. His lyrical sentences bring distinct warmth to my heart. And my dream is to be able to write in his flowing style.
Best thing about my life? Writing books is definitely the best thing about my life. But a special mention would be my first published children’s book, Grandma Lim’s Persimmons, which has a special place in my heart. The picture book has incredible illustrations done by my friend, celebrity illustrator, Marjorie Van Heerden. Each picture in the book speaks to its readers making the book come alive.
How many hours a day do you spend on your phone? If you ask my family they would say I’m on it 24/7! What they don’t know is that I write notes on my phone, which appears as though I’m constantly texting.
Friends or Big Bang Theory? Now! That’s a tough one! If there are any TV programmes that I’ve devoured religiously then they would be both of them. Who can resist the antics of each of the six friends? And if there’s anyone I’d like to emulate then everything about Phoebe gets me. Right from her quirky fashion to her bohemian life style. I love her!
As for Sheldon Cooper, I find him and his endless phobias absolutely adorable.
Favourite meal? Sweet corn chowder, mozzarella, tomato and basil on a walnut toast, grilled portobello mushrooms and a dessert of panna cota on a bed of steamed figs, drizzled with a rose infused syrup.
Greatest extravagance? My emerald and diamond choker and earrings that I bought on a crazy whim.
My guilty secret? My passion for chocolates.