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.

The devil, they say, is in the details. There is a world of difference between the Budget speech of Arun Jaitley, peppered with smart announcements, and the real numbers in the Budget documents.

“It’s always time to say goodbye Said the spider to the fly As he wove his tangled web With a crocodile tear in his eye. It’s easier jumping over the moon Sang the cow to a feline tune