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Teenage dreams: the journey from writing to cinema
Munish Dhiman  22nd Dec 2012

Tishaa Khosla PHOTO: Vinay Kumar

mid myriads of established neo-fiction and non-fiction writers, a nomination for the coveted Golden Quill Awards at the age of 19 is quite an achievement for any upcoming writer. Tishaa Khosla, who recently launched the sequel to her first book in Chandigarh, received the nomination under the fiction category in 2009 for her debut novel Pink or Black. Buoyed by the huge success of her maiden book, which has already sold more than 100,000 copies, Tishaa is all set to blaze a new trail with the sequel Pink or Black 2.

While launching her second book Tishaa recounts, "My first book was all about a new-age girl Tiana, her life at school, her relationships with mates and the tumultuous lifespan that she spent amid her friends and foes there. She knows for sure that people are making decisions about her life and that she is bound to meekly follow their whims and fancies."

For Tishaa, taking up writing as a profession was never the dream. About the guiding idea behind authoring Pink or Black, Khosla says "After my class X boards were over, I wanted to make the best of my leisure time by writing a book for the young hearts throbbing with ambitions and aspirations. I wanted to convey that they were entitled to make their own decisions, regardless of what the others think about their capabilities. Teen-age is an integral part of one's life, for this is the phase when one's personality develops into and palpable reality, besides equipping individuals with self-confidence and self-esteem. This occurs only when we strike the right chord at the right time, powered by the right actions."

Buoyed by the huge success of her maiden book, which has already sold more than 100,000 copies, Tishaa is all set to blaze a new trail with the sequel 'Pink or Black 2'.

The lead character in the book, Tiana, while grounded to her roots, tries to make conscious decisions about her life choices. She is unfailingly true to herself. About the success story of her first book, Khosla further adds, "Just like Tiana, many youngsters find themselves lost in one or the other issues revolving around the narrative. The character finds the answers from within her psyche, and that is where the youngsters try to identify with her."

Tishaa never expected her book to be nominated for an award. "It's a great feeling to be nominated. Though a work of fiction, it is all about real issues. I feel so happy when my readers explain how they identify with the story", she says.

Tishaa always wanted to be a part of the glamour world. Studying filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles, was the first step towards achieving this. She made her debut as assistant director in the Salman Khan-starrer Bodyguard. She says "Bodyguard offered me a platform to hone my directorial nuances. I am working on another movie which is nearing completion".

The young writer wishes to wrote a third book series and plans on combining all three to produce a script for her directorial debut in Hollywood.

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