By Zafar Anjum
Let’s get down to brass tacks. Why do you write?
Writing gives me peace of mind.
Tell us about your most recent book or writing project. What were you trying to say or achieve with it?
Circle of Fate is my first book. It was published in January of this year.
Describe your writing aesthetic.
My priority was to entertain, but to also have a good story and tell it well.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like Hilary Mantel Paul Scot, R.K. Rowling Sue Townsend…
What’s the most challenging piece of writing you’ve attempted? Tell us why.
Writing from the point of view of a non-Indian I think would be extremely challenging, I haven’t yet attempted it.
Because the way one is brought up and the culture around effects patterns of thought and therefore speech. So when it is natural for me to think like an Indian attempting to get into the head of a foreigner would be tough.
What’s your idea of bliss?
Just lazing around and having someone bring me food.
What makes you angry, and I mean all-out-smash-the-china raving mad?
Injustice makes me mad and sad. I don’t lose my temper very fast these days unfortunately!
What book/s would you take with you on a three-month retreat in the boondocks?
Ivanhoe, The Raj Quartet, Wolf Hall and the Harry Porter series.
Your house is burning down. What’s the most important thing you’d want to take with you?
I’d rescue Shashi (spouse) and my various pets, and some photographs.
Describe your life philosophy. In a sentence.
Live and let live.
I have always liked to write and paint. It was after I got together with Shashi that an idea for a book grew in my head and he encouraged me to put it to paper. I find my brain works best when I am lying in bed, trying to sleep so I have a note-book nearby in which I write ideas sometimes but even chapters which I later retype into my computer. One of the reasons for this is I am a bit of a game addict, put me in front of a computer and I will play and play and play…