Starmark in association with Scholastic released the novel named “Ela” witten by Sampurna Chattarji. The book was released by reputed author Ken Spillman who also conducted an interactive session with the author.
Sampurna Chattarji was a student of English literature in Lady Shri Ram College. She then worked as a copywriter before leaving the job to pursue full time writing. With two novels, one collection of short stories, two poetry books for adults, one poetry book for all ages and many more to her credit, the writer feels happy to call herself a poet, novelist and translator. Ela is her eleventh book and the first Young Adult novel.
The book “Ela” is about a thirteen year old girl Ela. She has everything that a girl might need- great friends, cool parents, no pressure to over-achieve and all the space in the world to be herself. On her thirteenth birthday, her perfect world falls apart when she discovers the truth which has been kept secret from her. What happens to Ela as she spirals into rage and grief? Who is the mysterious boy and the giant bird? Will she save herself? Ela is a compelling novel in which the stark realism of growing up crosses over into the realm of fantasy.
“There were times while writing the book that I could not separate Sampurna from Ela. This was tricky and gave me an uncanny feeling. I felt possessed by this particular character. I had to listen to Ela speaking to me in my inner ear” revealed the author. The book is a journey of trauma and discovery of one’s self and also realigning with the thought that one has of their parents.
Excerpts from the book were read by the novelist and also some of her young fans at the book launch event.
The book has been priced at Rs.250.