For me, I’m most haunted by the book itself—to turn what I see and feel in my head into what I actually read on the page.
Author, Aatish Taseer
Contextualize yourself in one line?
A writer trying to make a whole of his past, and the past of his place.
The first job you were hired for?
Captain Condom on World Aid’s Day.
Three books (any genre) that will always have a place on your bookshelf?
Remembrance of Things Past; A Bend in the River; Monier-Williams English-Sanskrit dictionary.
Three things that influence your work?
Travel, reading, big love.
The one cure you stand by to overcome a writer’s block?
Reading in a language other than the one I write in. I feel that strengthens the linguistic faculty and refreshes the eyes. Moving between fiction and nonfiction/journalism helps too.
THE CENTRE THAT HOLDS: BHARTI KHER
ART AS AN ACT: NIKHIL CHOPRA, SAJAN MANI,PUSHPAMALA N., NEHA CHOKSI
MAN, WOMAN AND SOIL: AVANI RAI, LALLAN, SITARAM SWAIN
THE QUIET PORTRAIT: ROHIT CHAWLA
ADITYA DHAR: URI
SHIV SENSARMA: TALENT TIN
RUCHIKA GROVER, ABHISHEK PAATNI, JEMMA JOSE
THE FOREST OF ENCHANTMENTS: CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKURNI
THE MAN MADE OF STORIES: MARKUS ZUSAK
HE SAID LET US NOT USE NAMES: KARAN KUMAR SACHDEV
GULLY BOY: ZOYA AKHTAR
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