Pack your bags for an adventurous ride

Ambika Shaligram
Friday, 6 October 2017

Vibha Batra wears many hats - advertising consultant, poet, lyricist, translator, travel writer, playwright, translator and columnist and now the author of Euro Trip. The book published by Mango Books is about Rohan, who’s off to Europe for the summer holidays

Vibha Batra wears many hats - advertising consultant, poet, lyricist, translator, travel writer, playwright, translator and columnist and now the author of Euro Trip. The book published by Mango Books is about Rohan, who’s off to Europe for the summer holidays.

With his mom, dad and a whole bunch of strangers (it’s a conducted tour, you see), he’s looking forward to clicking loads of pictures and wining the Photo Essay Contest back at school. But his camera goes missing. And, you guessed it right — it’s the beginning of his troubles.
We chat up with Batra to know more about the book.

What are the elements of writing an adventure story?
I’m fairly certain there are a few, if not more. Me? I just dive in, hurtling into the adventure headlong, scarcely pausing for breath, paying scant attention to those pesky mind blocks, and, on occasion, turning immune to the charms of social media. Woohoo!
 
How would you describe Rohan?
Pretty much the same way I’d describe meself. Cool. Awesome. Wicked. And did I mention, modest.
 
Does Rohan end up solving a mystery when he starts out on search for his camera?
Hmm. How to answer this question without letting the cat out of the bag/spilling the beans/ blowing the lid? Sigh. You’ll just have to read till page...oh, grab a copy already!
 
What makes a whacky family? Is Rohan’s family one?
To paraphrase a famous author, “All normal families are alike, each whacky family is whacky in its own way.” Is Rohan’s family whacky? Some people would definitely say so.

Is Euro Trip a part of the series?
Aww! Got to confess, it has crossed my mind. More than once. So, who knows! Fingers, toes, all crossable body parts crossed.
 
And, when you are writing for kids, are you actually writing for yourself?
All. The. Time. I think of myself as a young adult. And as the hubby likes to say, “Acts like one, too!”
 
How do you connect with today’s kids through your writing?

I hope I do. But in all fairness, you’ll have to check with them.

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