The character appeared in person before the writer and asked, “I have gained too much weight, right?”. Then the writer hugged her and replied, “It’s ok, I’ll manage it without letting the readers know”.
The meeting between the author and character took place not in a story, but in real life. Khyrunnisa A., renowned Indian English children’s writer and Reshmi Philip, the character in her best-seller work ‘Butterfingers’ met each other after a long time.
Reshmi Philip settled in London arrived here to meet Khyrunnisa on knowing that the sixth book in the ‘Butterfingers’ series is going to be released. A writer and teacher, Khyrunnisa wanted a naughty girl character for her second book in the novel series.
Then she remembered Reshmi, her former student at Holy Angels School. Thus, Reshmi became a character in her book in the same name. As the novella ‘Goal Butterfingers’ was widely read, Reshmi became a star. Her character was the only girl in a boys-only school.
Though Khyrunnisa had planned the character for only that book in the series, she could not leave Reshmi easily. Finally, Reshmi’s character was featured in the next book also, Khyrunnisa recollected.
By the time ‘Goal Butterfingers’ was released in 2012, Reshmi had migrated to London. Reshmi was working as a teacher there and she included the book in the school library. With this, even English children became fans of ‘Butterfingers’ series. Reshmi’s husband Dr. Jojo Philip is working as a chemical engineer in London.
Author Khyrunnisa is the wife of P. Vijayakumar who is a professor of English and grandson of great poet Kumaran Asan. She has bagged many honours including India Tinkle short story prize and Unison Children’s Fiction Award.
Though Reshmi’s character does not appear in “Of Course, It’s Butterfingers”, the latest book in the ‘Butterfingers’ series, she got a signed copy of the book before returning. It was Shashi Tharoor MP who released the book on Sunday evening.