By Aminah Sheikh
Let’s get down to brass tacks. Why do you write?
I write to express myself, and there is a hell of a lot in me to express.
Tell us about your most recent book or writing project. What were you trying to say or achieve with it?
Am trying to say many things in my book. Firstly what a short story can do and achieve. The title story “Daniell comes to Judgement” is about how fate conspires to deal with a corporate honcho who is trying to exploit a brave girl. The second story about Garima is about a divorce, the wife returning to her mother’s house and after all the dejection, the garden getting watered and suddenly the fragrance from the buried bulbs revives her. And the passages at the end of the story simply have to turn lyrical — language always has to keep pace with the twists and turns of a story. And don’t forget the story “Bars”, based on my experience in the National Commission for Minorities – pastors being arrested for converting a corpse! Hey Prabhu, the Hindutva police under a Hindutva regime in MP can do anything.
Describe your writing aesthetic.
Writing aesthetic. Koi aesthetic vesthetic nahin Madam. Jo dil mein aya likh diya.