on his unique writing style
As human beings we are all people who tell each other stories and try to understand what kind of people we are. This can happen on an individual level. This can happen at the family level, at the community level and at the national level.
If you grew up in India, the first most obvious fact about it is the crowd. Our stories are never just one story. There is a story among a great multitude of stories. And I thought, how do you represent that? How do you represent a world that is full of stories through which the story you want to tell must make its way.
As a reader, I don’t like books that point fingers at me and tell me what to think. I don’t like giving lectures in novels. What I love is to create a space the reader enjoys living in. The reader is taken on a journey they enjoy and then during that process, you can challenge them. If you have engaged the reader with the story, they will follow you. A strong desire to know what happens next is literature’s greatest driving force.
on his childhood
I had a one-woman family with three sisters and no brothers. Even in the extended family of cousins and aunts, there were more girls than boys. Therefore, I grew up in a world in which I have become very comfortable in the company of women. To this day, I’ve found that I have more female friends than men. And I’m not talking about romantic contact.
Sometimes we can forgive people, even if they don’t say they’re sorry. And sometimes we can’t forgive people, even if they say sorry. So strangely enough, apology is a question for the person apologizing, and apology is for the person who apologized, and they are not necessarily connected.
on the institution of marriage
I’ve done it a lot. So, I must believe it on some level or the other. I guess never say never.