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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Besides controlling food inflation, the most challenging task before Narendra Modi is to create jobs for millions of young men and women, some of whom were responsible for his resounding victory in the elections. It is one thing to promise jobs and another to actually create them.