Interviewer

Michelle is an avid reader of contemporary literature. She began interviewing writers in 2016 to quench her curiosity. Her love for the craft of creative writing and her training in HR have resulted in a lifelong love for interviews. Here are some recent links:

FINDING HUMOUR IN SUFFERING: TUSHAR RISHI ON WRITING A DEEPLY PERSONAL NOVEL

Michelle: What do you think about Amazon’s decision to shut down Westland? Do you see a future for your book?

TR: When I first read about the decision on Feb 1st, I didn’t really believe it. It was only after the official email from Westland the next day that it dawned on me that my novel was really going to be out of print soon.I don’t want to speculate on why Amazon did this. I am sure their fancy business team saw it as a profitable decision. But the entire community of readers, writers, booksellers, scholars, critics, everyone is at loss. And, I also wonder, what about the characters?
I don’t know what will happen to my novel. The rights will revert to me in a few months, but I don’t have an agent, so it will be really difficult to find a new publisher for a five year old work. Westland, and Deepthi, my editor there, gave me a chance when I was in school. It changed my life in so many ways. I don’t think any other major publisher would do something like that. I have no idea what other Westland authors are going to do, but I hope it turns out all right for everyone.


JCB PRIZE LONGLISTED AUTHOR, JAHNAVI BARUA ON WRITING, FLOW AND TURMOIL

Michelle: I’ve noticed that the river ‘Brahmaputra’ is always prominent in your plots. What is your relationship like with the river? 

JB: The Brahmaputra runs through Guwahati, indeed through all of Assam, and thus runs through my life too. As a child, I lived on a hillock overlooking it and its majestic beauty found a permanent place in my heart and soul.


_Indira Chandrasekhar, Jotted, 2019
Urvashi Bahuguna, Vayavya, 2019
Mehdi Kashani, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, 2019
Tishani Doshi, Desi Writer’s Lounge, 2017
Deepti Kapoor, The Bombay Literary Magazine, 2017


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