New Delhi: Daman Singh, the writer daughter
of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, is planning to write a book
about her parents which will "explore the experiences that
make them what they are".
"I see this (the book) as a way to try and understand
them as individuals, not merely as my parents," says Daman,
the second of Singh`s three daughters.
For Daman, whose second novel "The Sacred Grove"
released last week, her father is her favourite politician.
"I admire his integrity the most," she said in an
Asked whether her father reads her books, she says, "We
are three sisters, and all three of us have written books. My
father has certainly read portions of them, but he does not
have time to read them from cover to cover. I am quite sure he
thinks our work is wonderful. Of course, he is biased."
Daman, in her mid-40s, says that as daughters and
professionals, the three daughters often give suggestions to
"But they are pretty independent too. So they usually
ignore our advice," she maintains.
The sisters do not necessarily consult their parents
for their writings. "They have always encouraged us to be
independent, especially in our respective fields of work. So I
don`t think my sisters or I would consult them in our
The Prime Minister`s eldest daughter Upinder is the head
of the history department at Delhi`s St Stephen`s College and
the youngest Amrit is a lawyer in New York.
"The Sacred Grove" is a story about growing up in
troubled times. The story is told by Ashwin, a young boy, and
explores the issue of religious prejudice.
"As a parent, there was a time when I was consumed with
anxiety. About my child, about the way I was bringing him up,
and about the society in which he would have to survive on his
own one day... What I needed to do was to step into his shoes,
to see the world through his eyes. This is what I tried to do
in `The Sacred Grove`," Daman, whose first novel was titled
"Nine by Nine" says.
According to her, it is not at all easy to write novels.
"It takes me many months to work out the story in my
head. Once I actually start writing, I am tempted to tell the
story as quickly as possible. It takes a lot of discipline to
slow myself down, and pay attention to characters, places, and
details in the story," she says.