1. What’s the one book or writing project you haven’t yet written but still hope to?
A travel book that will combine food and journeying and will take me to hidden corners of India.
2. If you had one entire day in which to do nothing but read, what book would you start with?
The twelve volumes of Rabindranath Tagore’s writings. I look at them wistfully every day, but a dozen “important” tasks draw me away from them. On a day meant just for reading, a dozen tomes will draw me—to a lifetime’s feast.
3. What was your first writing “instrument” (besides pen and paper)?
That has to be my PC. Got it around five or six years back—a second hand machine. I was thrilled to have a computer of my own. By then I had good enough typing skills, thanks to years of writing-related jobs, like when I used to do the service of rewriting a paper. The PC was a godsend, not just because it boosted my writing efforts, but because it introduced me to fellow writers from all parts of the world. The internet led me to my first writing forum, enabling me to connect with writers—aspiring and published, while at the same time helping me hone my writing skills, discover my voice, and lend me new dreams.
4. What’s your best guess as to how many books you read in a month?
I am a painfully slow reader. At my best, I can finish two good-sized books (300 pages) in a month. This also explains why I am so ill-read.
5. What’s your favorite writing “machine” you’ve ever owned?
I will cheat here and say what Lisa said. My laptop, which isn’t even a year old (touch wood!). The light black notebook has given my writing life much-needed mobility—even if that only means being able to sit and work in the TV room when cricket matches are on. The laptop aided me well during my Bengal trip—I could download photos, take brief travel notes, check email, and generally didn’t feel internet deprived.
6. Think historical fiction: what’s your favorite time period in which to read?
My limited reading stock doesn’t include much historical fiction, but if given a chance to select a period, I would like to read books reflecting the British Raj and 20th-century India.
7. What’s the one book you remember most clearly from your youth (childhood or teens)?
Gone With the Wind. This book had a sweeping impact on me. Everything in it—the setting, the storyline, the unfamiliar (for me) speech patterns, AND Rhett Butler made the summer of my school-leaving year a hard-to-forget one.
As for tagging, let me at once tag any and every one who would like to do this. Do let me know, though, so I can read your responses. 🙂