Many a times when we read a book, we often wonder at the lack of detailing about the era in which the characters lived. We wonder why the characters were not more fleshed out in terms of being synced with the times they drew breath in. For example, consider an old man lying on a hospital bed in Delhi, watching news on television in March, 1993. Wouldn’t it be odd if the writer completely circumvents the bomb blasts that happened in Mumbai in that year? Or consider a woman living in the Delhi of 1970s with her grown up children. Wouldn’t it be out of place if you do not mention the radio, Ameen Sayani and the advent of the Hippie culture that gave nightmares to the parents of that era?

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About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.


  1. themoonstone March 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    True. And so many authors make the mistake of forgetting it. Whether the book has discerning readers or not, a fiction set in historical times, without the correct history or without the author making the effort to bring back the feel of those times, seems shallow.

    • Amit Sharma March 21, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      I agree. Even in a contemporary setting, you can completely transform the mood by setting your story in reality. It creates a very relatable mood.

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