Today I'm interviewing Shaku, one of the characters from "The Real Estate of Things". Welcome to my blog!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Shaku Sehgal and I live in West York City. I’m a former insurance agent who is starting a new career in her fifties, this time as a realtor. I’m married and the mother of two adult children.
What is your role in the story?
I’d like to think I’m the heroine of the story!
What is your favorite hobby?
My favorite hobbies are writing in my Success Journal about my goals and accomplishments and exercising to Bollywood videos is a close second.
What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?
I have two major challenges. One is to no longer be the worst performing realtor at Super Star Realty. The other one is to be part of the realty team that wins West York City’s once-in-a-lifetime redevelopment contest and become the exclusive broker of new properties.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
That the team with the best vision wins the contest!
Title: The Real Estate of Things
Author: Nitin Deckha
Genre: Literary Fiction
The Real Estate of Things is a comedic story about real estate, spirituality and politics in the sprawling, multicultural suburb of West York.
Fifty-‐something Shaku Sehgal is looking for a new lease of life. With two grown kids and a supportive accountant husband who gardens, she’s followed her best friend, Neelam, into the exciting world of real estate. While she dreams of becoming the premier realtor of West York City, a position currently held by the much envied, Ruth Leslie, Shaku’s languishing at her current brokerage, SuperStar Realty.
To jumpstart her career, Shaku sneaks into a real estate conference and learns about a new redevelopment contest for a local derelict site. Part of the prize is to be an exclusive broker for the chosen new development. Shaku successfully pitches it to her brokerage, teams up with the young up-‐and-‐coming realtor, Jason Sevende, and they throw their hat into the contest.
Soon, Shaku and Jason find themselves competing against teams across the city, including Shaku’s friend, Neelam and the doyenne of luxury realty, Ruth Leslie. Not only that, the contest draws the attention of global spiritual guru, Chakra Sahib, and the ire of a seemingly anonymous movement protesting and threatening to derail the whole redevelopment.
Join Shaku, Jason and the band of realtors as they confront obstacles and reflect on the meanings of success, love and friendship in this epic race amongst realtors, The Real Estate of Things.
Nitin Deckha is the author of a collection of short stories, Shopping for Sabzi (2008). His fiction has been published in magazines, edited collections, and chapbooks and he has read his work across Canada, the US and India. In 2010, he was featured as part of the Canadian Writers in Person lecture series at York University, Toronto. Nitin holds a PhD in Anthropology and has taught social sciences for over a decade. More recently, he completed certification in Adult Training and Development (MCATD, CTDP) and crafts and leads learning and organizational change. He lives in Toronto. Contact him at @RealEstateofThi