July 29, 2021

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The Lounge Chair Interview: 10 Questions with Anupa Mehta

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by Zafar Anjum
Anupa Mehta
Anupa Mehta

Let’s get down to brass tacks. Why do you write?
I write as the cathartic process of writing allows me to excavate beauty, even out of ugly things.
I write to make sense of the occasional senselessness of human action​.
I write because I am a word junkie : writing offers me a high.
Tell us about your most recent book. What were you trying to say or achieve with it?
​My most recent book is a collection of short stories titled UNSEASONAL RAIN, launched towards the end of 2014. Through these stories, I was looking minutely at the idea of loss, the many facets of human loss, and the manner in which it punctuates peoples lives.   ​(Read a story from Unseasonal Rain here)
rainDescribe your writing aesthetic.
​”Find beauty.” That’s what I tell myself repeatedly. Beauty in language, in form, in nuance, in words, and in the space between words…
The aesthetic is spare though. Very wabi. Much like a Zen monk or a Sufi’s world space. Bare. Yet, rich with undercurrents that hark to the fleeting sense of things, the ephemeral quality of life… ​
Who are your favorite authors?
​Orhan Pamuk, Haruki Murakami, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, an American short story writer called Ann Beattie, Ambai, Jhumpa Lahiri…among so many more…
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