Writer’sBlock

Q: Which book or author should be banned on grounds of bad taste? A: Anyone who writes a memoir on the presumption that his/her life is of general interest

  • QDescribe your favourite writing space.

    Ideally my own room, and sometimes certain libraries.
  • QDo you have a writing schedule?

    Unfortunately not.
  • QEver struggled with writer’s block?

    I’ve struggled with laziness, with the inability to stay focused, but not really with writer’s block. I think it’s a phenomenon that’s rare in non-fiction work.
  • QWhat inspires you to write? Do you have a secret trick, or a book/author that helps?

    The idea that one day one might actually write something genuinely meaningful.
  • QCoffee/tea/cigarettes — numbers please — while you are writing?

    Actually an obscene amount of water.
  • QWhich books are you reading at present?

    André Béteille’s new book, Democracy and its Institutions, and Michael Wood’s Film: A Very Short Introduction.
  • QWho are your favourite authors?

    In fiction, Gabriel García Márquez, by a long, long way.
  • QWhich book/author should be banned on grounds of bad taste?

    Anyone who writes a memoir on the presumption that his or her life is of general interest.
  • QWhich is the most under-rated book?

    The volumes that comprise the Constituent Assembly debates, which contain extensive reflections over three remarkable years, 1946-1949, on the many ideas of India.
  • QWhich are your favourite children’s books?

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, and anything by Enid Blyton.

When our public sector is much in news whether it involves privatisation or disinvestment, it is worth recalling whether they are good corporate citizens, especially when they are monopolies.

How many deaths will it take to realise that too many young women in their prime have needlessly died?