Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 46, Dated Nov 22, 2008
A book that means a lot to you?
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, who’s of
Joseph Campbell stature to me. I
keep returning to her work. It's for
anyone — not just women — looking
for spiritual evolution.
Your favourite genre?
Lately, creative non-fiction. The difference
between an ordinary life
and an extraordinary one is sometimes
simply in its telling.
Your favourite character?
Karna from the Mahabharata,
whom I reimagine as female in my
writing. Hearing this story as a
child was shattering; it taught me
the power and pathos of storytelling.
I identify profoundly with
the family betrayals, and with
How many books do you own?
I'd estimate 600.
An underrated book?
Funny Boy. Shyam Selvadurai is
best known for Cinnamon Gardens,
but this one made me cry and cry.
An overrated book?
Interpreter of Maladies. I am drawn
to the vivid and the visceral. I don't
care for work that glazes the surface
The book you bought last?
A Mighty Heart by Marianne Pearl.
Last book read?
A very disappointing manga, Hell
Girl. The TV version was so creepy!
A book you wish you’d written?
I’m spellbound by works only in my
experience as a reader. If I wrote
them, other things would interfere
with that pleasure. That being said,
I’d be willing to accept that God is
a man, but only if He writes like
JAI ARJUN SINGH