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1. We would like to know about your journey to the literary world.
I started writing my first book when I was eight, it was published a few years later. I’ve always loved writing, but there’s a difference between writing and being a writer. I like the former, I’m not so sure about the latter! It isn’t easy to make a career as a writer. There’s constant struggle.
2. Why did you want to write about mythology?
The answer to this question keeps changing. Right now, I find myths hold a key to understanding the ways in which our cultural conscious continues to shape our behaviors, patterns and values - and also a way to shift that understanding. We need myth to maintain continuity with the ways of thinking of the past; but we also need to retell myth so that culture and these ways of thinking do change, in response to the circumstances of the present.
3. Would you like to throw some light on your book : "The missing queen"?
It’s a speculative fiction-feminist-mythological thriller, which imagines the Ramayana in contemporary India, in the context of present day politics. I’ve written it as a thriller/ noir mystery, centered on the character of a female journalist who is seeking to interview Sita.
4. What do you think is the role of literature festival?
To put writers in touch with their potential audiences and with other writers! Talking to writers is great fun and enlightening, but it is equally illuminating to find out what audiences like and what they are thinking about - I do think about these things later, and I do respond to the ideas and arguments in my work later.