Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari made her Bollywood debut by directing the 2016 comedy-drama Nil Battey Sannata. Since then, there’s no looking back for her. She further went on to deliver some of the powerful masterpieces in Bollywood including ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ and ‘Panga’ to name a few. After treating the audiences with such critically acclaimed and entertaining movies, she is now all set to explore the new journey of writing as she put pen to paper with her debut novel titled ‘Mapping Love’.
For this novel to come across as more aesthetic among readers, Ashwiny took almost three years to finish the book whereas lockdown hastened the process. While creating ‘Mapping Love’ she traveled extensively across several places to gather some inspiration and thoughts for the novel.
Revealing her journey of writing this novel, she said, “Travel is a very important part of my being. Visiting new places, understanding the culture, the ethnography of a place, and people give me a lot of ideas and inspire me to adapt it in the movies I make or even in the stories I write. In Mapping love the places I have visited and researched played an important role in shaping the story. Whether it’s my love for the jungles or the mountains or the spiritual calling that attracts each one of us to spend time in the unknown places that becomes your own after a while. The rooted connection of place and time creates stories that deepen the story and the characters with your vivid imagination.”
She further adds, “I carry my book wherever I go and write notes which come back with me home and most of the time the notes gets translated with my fiction and characters and the place they belong to are born with these notes. Travel opens your mind to various possibilities in my case it opened my imagination as a storyteller. Sometimes as a learner sometimes as a seeker.”
‘Mapping love’ will be available in bookstores from 1st August. The book has already created much hype among the reader and garnered a lot of positive reviews till now. Her fans are eagerly waiting to witness another masterpiece from the talented and multi-faceted filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari.
Apart from making a debut in the literature world, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari will also make a power pack debut in the OTT world with the web series titled ‘Faadu’ that will stream on Sony Liv along with a docu-drama titled ‘Breakpoint’ on Zee5. She is currently working on the life story of Mr. Narayana Murthy and Mrs. Sudha Murthy, which she considers the most esteemed project of her career.