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'Love is a normal human reaction'

Says the Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk when asked about his girlfriend Booker Prize winner Indian novelist Kiran Desai. Sonakshi Babbar caught up with the duo.

books Updated: Jan 22, 2011 07:33 IST

As I was elbowing my way through the crowd, trying desperately to spot my favourite authors, I couldn't believe it - I blinked and pinched myself, only then could I believe that it was actually the Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk with his girlfriend Booker Prize winner Indian novelist Kiran Desai.

Amidst the confusion of milling crowds, my own overwhelming awe and a quickly-scribbled autograph held tightly in my fist, I finally managed to blurt out a few questions. Here's an excerpt from the meeting with the author of My Name Is Red.

In your session you spoke about what happens to man when he falls in love. What happened to you when you fell in love with Kiran Desai?

This is a bad question! (Laughs), but I'll get out of it! Well, in Museum Of Innocence I talk about love but I don't sugarise it, the novel is about exploring what happens to us when we fall in love but not outing on a pedestal but see it. I see love as normal human reaction to some things, my Museum Of Innocence wasn't written to address the melodramatic aspects of love but to see it as an traffic accident, something that happens and we cope with it and we develop various reactions. The novel is a catalogue of these reactions.

Since both you and Ms Desai are such great writers, will you ever write a book together?

Well, let's see. Autobiography in fiction is important but then of course not in a journalistic way. I will continue to write novels about subjects which influence me but the subject is not me, it's humanity.