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Anita Desai on Kiran

Celebrating her daughter?s Booker Prize win, Anita Desai is happy that she got it the very first time around.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 16:27 IST

Celebrating her daughter’s Booker Prize win, Anita Desai is “happy and excited” that she got it the very first time around. But she is loathe to take credit for the accomplishment and is embarrassed by her daughter’s compliments.

Accepting the award in London, Kiran had said: “I owe a debt so profound and so great that this book (The Inheritance of Loss) feels as much hers (Anita’s) as it does mine. It was written in her company and in her wisdom and kindness.”

The proud mother feels that instead of praising her, Kiran should have talked about herself in her acceptance speech as it was her moment of glory. “It is very nice to hear her praise me, but at the same time I am also embarrassed by her compliments about my contributions. She could have instead talked about her experience and her writing,” she told the Hindustan Times.

Anita also feels that apart from being a companion and friend, she has not influenced Kiran’s works in any manner. “In the past seven years, we have lived and travelled together. But I have never tried to influence her work in any way. Her writing is her own and I am impressed by the sheer craftsmanship of The Inheritance of Loss,” she said.

Comparing Kiran’s first novel Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard with her second, Anita said The Inheritance of Loss is much more complex and skilfully written.

First Published: Oct 13, 2006 16:27 IST