Ravi Shankar Etteth talks about “The Brahmin” series and his writing tips
Indian author Ravi Shankar Etteth opened up about his different writing processes.
Etteth’s new book The return of the brahmin became available in June 2021 and is the sequel to his 2018 novel The Brahmin.
In a recent interview, Ravi Shankar Etteth revealed that his love for historical detective fiction inspired his series of books.
He also spoke about the different writing processes he goes through when creating his novels.
According to Etteth, there is a gap in the historical detective fiction market in India.
Speaking exclusively to The Times of India, he said:
“India has a great medieval and imperial history, but I notice that Indian mystery writers rarely go beyond the Mughal period.
“Take the work of classic Japanese novelist Kurosawa Shuroku or that of Robert van Gulik Judge Dee mysteries unfolding in ancient China, and you will find that there is no dearth of classical historical mysteries in the world.
“I am trying to fill this gap in India.”
Discussing the planning process for his book series, Ravi Shankar Etteth admitted that your preliminary research is the most important part.
“Research is the most important part of the book because history is the literary ecosystem of history.”
Etteth also said that he frequently had to use his imagination to write. The Brahmin and its sequel, saying:
“While much of the costumes, coins, names, topography, religious conflict, architecture and town planning in my books are real, I had to make up the rest.
“I had to stay true to the atmosphere of the book, which sometimes required leaps of the imagination young and old.”
According to Ravi Shankar Etteth, he doesn’t have a defined writing process.
He believes that there is no specific time when he is creative and that ideas come to him at random. He said:
“An idea forms like a hazy ghost, and I let it grow in my subconscious.”
However, Etteth also admitted that he constantly took notes on anything that had to do with his story.
Asked about advice for people who would like to write historical fiction, Ravi Shankar Etteth encourages them to be “courageous and imaginative”.
He also said:
“Research, research, research. And keep in mind the elementary passions of love, hate, greed, and the ambition to tell a bigger human story.
“All the books are basically psychological explanations of why we do what we do and how we do it.
“Even the good guys have secrets.”