The title refers both to the fact that the seed of bad thought being sowed in Rajan’s mind and the fact that this “Seed” becomes a base for the coming stories in one way or another.
The story was initially written as my entry to a small competition at a writing workshop which altered my writing plans. Then, I didn’t even think of writing a book. The story in its original form was crude and with lots of readability issue. Though the original story didn’t receive good reviews, there was something about this story which I couldn’t part with. The concept of the story kept haunting me and suddenly one day an idea struck me “What about writing a collection of stories…”.
The mutation of thoughts didn’t stop there, infact it had just begun. “Why would anyone read a collection of short stories? How do I make it interesting?” I asked myself a question.
“What if they are interlinked?” I asked again.
“Need more than that!” I demanded.
“Ok, follow some theme…” came the answer.
“How many stories can I write?” I challenged my will.
“Maybe 9 to 10” I wondered.
“9 seem to be an interesting number….Navarasas” rang a bell.
“What about Dashaavathar?” rang another.
“People would think am writing a religious book and moreover it’s the name of a Kamal Hasan’s movie…” I tried to justify.
“What makes you think “Navarasa” doesn’t sound retro or contemporary?” I ridiculed.
“Ok, “Navarasa by lotus” it shall be.” I fought back.
“Is that my pen name?” I asked at first.
“No! It’s the title!!”
“Not bad, so what next?”
“Plot 9 story lines for each of the rasas…”
“How can I?”