July 25, 2021

KITAAB

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The Lounge Chair Interview: 10 Questions with Mani Rao

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By Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

Mani Rao PixLet’s get down to brass tacks. Why do you write?

Do I write? When bees communicate it looks like a dance but they are not dancing.

Tell us about your most recent book or writing project. What were you trying to say or achieve with it?

Did you know, in his own days, Kalidasa was known as an “adhunik” or modern playwright? His craft is intricate but not pedantic, the language is expressive, suggestive, evocative, he brings fantasy alive with realistic detail, he exposes the roadside romeo in King Dushyanta… My most recent new work is Kalidasa for the 21st Century.

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