Kolkata, Jan 10 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Popular Indian writer Kunal Basu and film maker Aparna Sen on Monday interacted over Basu’s latest novel ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Cure in Kolkata to give the readers a deeper understanding of the creation.
Sen released the book in Kolkata and both of them before an audience read out certain chapters from the novel and then shared certain information behind the process of creating the literary piece.
“The key character of the novel Antonio Maria is a surgeon and at the same time a notorious playboy,” Basu said at the event organized by Pan Macmillan India and The Park in association with The Glenlivet.
He said that the idea of ‘ The Yelloe Emperor’s Cure’ germinated in his mind while strolling in a museum of traditional Chinese medicine in Beijing.
“Novels are born in unlikely places. This was born in a museum at Beijing,” Basu said.
Basu shared with his readers that he had to do lots of researches before writing down this novel.
“As soon as I thought of the story, I thought that I was ignorant. There were three major blocks of research that I made for this novel,” he said.
“History of medicine and syphilis was something I needed to know about,” he said.
He said that he had to study and research about Chinese medicine for this novel.
“I needed to know the basics. I spent fair bit of time in researching about it,” Basu said.
He said that he had made lots of foreground research for writing this particular novel based around late 19th century and early 20th century.
Kunal Basu is the author of three acclaimed novels, ‘The Opium Clerk’, ‘The Miniaturist’ and ‘Racists’.
(Reporting by Supriyo Hazra)