Manchester, United Kingdom
Home page: http://www.vinayjalla.co.uk
I have been involved in the wonderful world of media for over fourteen years, working
as a web content developer, editor, writer, graphic designer and cartoonist in print,
online and broadcast media.
I completed my Bachelor�s degree in Business Management, in India and worked
as a journalist and a columnist in various broadsheets. I moved to the UK in 2001,
looking to publish my first novel.
Putting my woes as a novelist aside, I concentrated on my journalistic abilities and
soon found a job in a regional newspaper in the Midlands.
I got my big break working as a trainee broadcast journalist for BBC Radio
Lancashire. Later, I worked as a web assistant/researcher on BBC Manchester�s
flagship productions like Dragons� Den, A Question of Sport and Mastermind.
I�m currently working as a Web Content Executive for a leading UK-based
vocational training provider.
When I�m not staring at my laptop at work, I do a bit of cooking, help my wife with
origami and watch world cinema. I have a blog (http://vinayjalla.blogspot.com), so I
do enjoy a bit of online social networking too. A conventional geek!
My first novel WARP AND WEFT is now officially released worldwide – both in print
and digital editions.
I started writing WARP AND WEFT in 2001. Thanks to my grandmother who gave
me sufficient material through her anecdotes about her life in the village of
Dharmavaram. I concocted a fictitious landscape in my mind and wrote the novel.
Even as a child I was fascinated to listen to my grandma’s wonderful tales and
bedtime stories. Her stories instilled moral values and have shaped my point of view
in life. She is more than a mother to me – ah yes, a grand mother!
Being an ardent fan of the great Indian novelist R K Narayan and his Malgudi, I too
decided to set my novel in a fictitious place. Inspired by Vikram Seth’s A Suitable
Boy(one of the longest novels ever published in a single volume in the English
language) I aspired to write a long novel.
To concentrate on writing the novel, I made a dubious decision and quit my job as a
journalist working for a popular web portal in Bangalore. I would sit in the city’s
Central Library and write about 1000 words a day on one-sided sheets of paper.
Writing a novel, I tell you, can sometimes become a lonely experience – it’s just
the writer and his characters for company. Some days I would saunter across to
the nearby British Library for a change of scene or sit on the grass in Cubbon Park
and write, while the pigeons flew around cheerfully.
After seven long months I managed to pen about 250,000 words but had to chop
more than half of it as I felt I was entering unwanted territories beyond the scope of
the central character – Narayana. After editing and proofing, I was left with 100,000
words. Now that I had completed writing my novel, I was really confident that it
would get published by a big publisher. And no, I wasn’t thinking about a million-
dollar advance. Instead, I used up all my savings to fly to the UK to get the novel
I came to the UK in the cold winter of 2001. My novel received an even colder
reception – it was widely ignored by publishers. After endless rejections and
divorcing a couple of literary agents on the way, I decided to approach Amazon last
year to self-publish my book. Thankfully the novel is out now for everyone to read
about an unwritten region of India.
Thanks for listening to me. Now please buy my book on the Amazon website. The
delivery is free of charge (at least in the UK) but not the book! I’m sure you won’t
regret the purchase.
I would really appreciate if you can post your reviews/feedback on the Amazon
website. It will certainly encourage more people to read the book and also help me
make any revisions, if any.
Interests: Writing short stories for both children and adults, painting, cartooning, blogging.
Published writer: Yes