I did not go to any creative writing workshop; I did not major in literature. If I can write, anyone can write. All it needs is imagination.
I am very interested in human-interest stories emerging from modern India. I get my inspiration and daily dose by reading the Hindustan Times.
I am not into the unrealistic realm of magic realism where birds talk.
Sometimes street knowledge can be as important as book knowledge.
Never judge a man's actions until you know his motives
...a rainy day ceases to have meaning for a person who has lived in the open under a monsoon cloud most of his life.
My books may highlight corruption, brutality and venality, but they also show that if these things come to light, there is rectification. The voiceless do have a voice; democratic mechanisms and accountability do exist.
The slums are not a place of despair. Its inhabitants are all working towards a better life.
Tokyo may have more money and Kyoto more culture; Nara may have more history and Kobe more style. But Osaka has the biggest heart.
I get invited to many more literary festivals than I used to because I'm associated with 'Slumdog Millionaire,' the brand. Many more doors have opened up for me as a result of the global success of the film, although I believe that I'm the same person that existed before it.
Last Update: 25 May 2022
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