Pulitzer Winner Geeta Anand Writing Family Saga

Pulitzer Winner Geeta Anand Writing Family Saga
Geeta Anand, the India-origin Pulitzer prize-winning Wall Street Journal journalist, is currently engaged in finding her roots in the subcontinent and penning her family saga.

"It will be through research and interviews that I will be writing an exciting and emotional family saga," she told PTI.

Anand is also the author of The Cure, the book which inspired Hollywood film Extraordinary Measures.

Her grandfather (a Punjabi) hailed from Karachi, but had to leave the family business and come to Mumbai during Partition. Her father went to the US from where he returned to Mumbai with an American wife and wealth for family business.

So the writing will involve the history of two nations (India and Pakistan), the families, their difficult days, one of the family members going to US and coming back, the family businesses, family separation, misunderstandings (mainly in businesses) within the families and finally reconciliation and reunion, Anand said.

The 44-year-old, who was based in New York as special investigative journalist, came back to Mumbai two years back with her two children and husband to be with her old parents and joined Wall Street Journal's India team.

She continues with her investigative work on health, science and environment issues in India.

In an interactive session yesterday at the American Center where Extraordinary Measures was screened, Anand said she thoroughly enjoyed seeing her medical investigation work on big screen. "I enjoyed that as it was a different experience in my life."

The English film, which stars Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell, is a bit different from the book, Anand said.

About her experience in writing The Cure, she said the first draft was not exhaustive. "Since I am used to writing short and crisp reports, the Publisher (HarperCollins) wanted me to give more details and make the story elaborate."

"That gave me an opportunity to write a detailed account of several things which I had missed in my first draft," the journalist-author said.

The book is based on the true story of a father's determination to find a cure for his terminally-sick children (who suffer from rare genetic disorder).
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