What is your favorite book and why?
That would have to be God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. For me reading is such an intensely personal experience. I was 17 years old when I read the book, I was at a point in time when I was forming my own independent world-view. There was conflict and also confusion and this book was so eye-opening. Ammu’s terror and grief, her unrequited love, her escape and her eventual tragedy was shockingly real, there was sadness and yet there was relief that someone had put these experiences down on paper. It somehow redeemed what I felt. It also in many ways started my love for books, it offered me an alternate world where expression and creativity had space and room to grow and develop. It gave me room to reflect on my own choices.
Why do you work in literature?
What if someone gave you the opportunity to embark on a journey, an adventure every single day. There are surprises in store in every page, the delight of reading, of enjoying the craft of writing, of human imagination, and celebrate the sheer audacity of creativity – everyday I learn something new. I travel with the writers, I experience their fears and desires. And, somewhere along the way I discover facets to my own personality. It was too tempting a choice to overlook, so here I am. It is a gift to be able to combine the emotions of the heart to the rationality of the mind and I experience it every single day.