2. Tell us about your upcoming novel "Ret Samadhi".
It is not the kind of novel where I can say this is its story, because it is about things acquiring shape and meaning as you go along reading it. But if I must, then baldly stated it is around a woman who will soon touch eighty, who seems to have 'died' along with her husband, the way she turns her back on her kids and grandchildren and just lies in bed. But it gradually turns out she is turning her back on this life with her family, and moves away to discover some things anew (such as her body, which makes for both humour and pathos since it is an 80-year-old rediscovering her body like a 14-year-old might!) and some new, in her onward journey. In the process she slips out of one frame after another and one border after another and towards the end of the novel, after curious twists and turns, crosses the national border across to Pakistan and is arrested for being without a visa! But like I have already said,the novel has to be heard, seen, experienced in the reading....
3. How do you see feminism? What is feminism for you?
I see feminism as a conscious assertion by women for their place and voice in society, and that entails a more equal, humane and just society, for all the silenced and downtrodden. For me personally it is about sensitivity towards these issues without overly worrying about the conflicting ideological formulations on it.
4. What do you think is the role of literature festival?
To celebrate literature, to put the Word as a proud thing in the cognitive map of all and sundry. People begin to want to congregate to it, to know more about books (and authors!), want to be learned and it becomes worth their while to attend lit fests as 'the thing to do'!