Just because someone has gone to an elite school and college does not make him smarter than the person who has grown up on street knowledge.
I am very interested in human-interest stories emerging from modern India. I get my inspiration and daily dose by reading the 'Hindustan Times.'
The first thing you have to understand is that I was not desperate to be a writer. I was never a closet writer filing away notes in a cupboard.
The writer's is an interior world, a world of the mind.
I get invited to many more literary festivals than I used to because I'm associated with 'Slumdog Millionaire,' the brand. Many more doors have opened up for me as a result of the global success of the film, although I believe that I'm the same person that existed before it.
I am not into the unrealistic realm of magic realism where birds talk.
My first novel was a challenge to myself. No one had an inkling that I was working on it.
For me, the day job comes first. That's why I call myself a diplomat who writes, not a writer who masquerades as a diplomat. If the day job demands it, I won't write at all. I write in what I call 'the crevices of my day job', and that comes only on weekends.
Global terror does not respect national boundaries.
People don't just want a mindless flick with a superstar; they want to connect more deeply.
I need to meet people to be able to write.
I'm the opposite of those writers who believe that my work is sacrosanct and cannot be touched.
Sometimes street knowledge can be as important as book knowledge.
I don't look at myself as a writer; I am a storyteller.
Tokyo may have more money and Kyoto more culture; Nara may have more history and Kobe more style. But Osaka has the biggest heart.
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