1. Two of your novels, The Golden Gate and A Suitable Boy, have been nominated as the Greatest Indian Novels of All Time. Which one do you prefer?
On Mondays and Tuesdays I prefer Gate, on Wednesdays and Thursdays I prefer Boy, on Fridays and Saturdays I prefer An Equal Music, and on Sundays I hate them all.
2. Which character -- from A Suitable Boy -- did you most enjoy developing?
Cuddles, the vicious dog, who bit family friends, postmen and journalists with equal enthusiasm.
3. Apart from being a writer, you're an economist. You're fluent in Chinese and have studied Arabic calligraphy. You cook and you paint. You're trained in Indian classical music and have a fondness for Western Classical music. Is there anything you can't do but would like to?
Of late, I find it hard to get to sleep. But I am working on it.
4. A decade ago, in an interview with HT Brunch, you had told us that you write in bed, sitting up, covered by a plain duvet ("so I'm not distracted by the pattern"), composing sentences in longhand. Has anything changed since?
Everything is much the same except that my sentences now spontaneously decompose.
From HT Brunch, June 22
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