A Song for I is about Ira, born to an ambitious and successful musician and a mother who would prefer for her to be dead rather than live under her father’s shadow. Ira grows up in an emotional hothouse, meant to make her feel loved and cherished in the absence of her parents – her mother dead, and Ira herself abandoned by her father when she was born. Driven by the desire to move towards the greatness she believes she is destined for, Ira invites herself into her father’s life and is immediately sucked into his world of searing aspiration, as he makes a desperate attempt to preserve his musical legacy through his daughter. Meanwhile, she meets Vishnu, an aspiring rocker. Ira spontaneously embraces his exciting and dark universe. With a veritable duel between Indian classical and rock music as the background, A Song for I is about love lost and found, spiritual music and sensual experiences, of epiphanies in the Himalayas, and relationships.
Chandrima Pal has been a journalist for fifteen years and has interviewed political bigwigs and cultural stalwarts. When she is not writing, she is usually in the kitchen, where she prefects her brand of culinary alchemy. But she likes nothing better that travelling deep and high in the Himalayas with her guitar-playing husband, Europe being one of her favourite destinations. A Song for I is her debut novel.