Writer’sBlock

Anuvab Pal is a playwright, author, columnist, scriptwriter and stand-up comic. He has written plays like Chaos Theory, now out as a novel, and screenplays of The President is Coming and The Loins of Punjab. His stand-up show, Nation Wants to Know, continues in Mumbai and he plans to travel with it to Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata. He is currently working on a new play and a couple of Bollywood screenplays.

  • QDescribe your favourite writing space.

    Overlooking a forest of some sort. Or a city. Should involve height. Me, at some height. Above. Not at the level of the city or the forest. That’s too noisy or too quiet.
  • QDo you have a writing schedule?

    Yes. Daily. With mixed results.
  • QEver struggled with writer’s block?

    Daily. And overcome with mixed results.
  • QWhat inspires you to write?

    Money.
  • QDo you have a secret trick, or a book/author that helps?

    I think of a character and then make him or her do things.
  • QCoffee/tea/cigarettes — numbers please — while you are writing?

    Double espresso. One GoldFlake Mini.
  • QWhich books are you reading at present?

    A biography of Lord Macaulay.
  • QWho are your favourite authors?

    Martin Amis, Ramachandra Guha, Julian Barnes, Tom Stoppard.
  • QWhich book/author should be banned on grounds of bad taste?

    Anyone with no sense of humour.
  • QWhich are your favourite children’s books?

    Anything by Roald Dahl.

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