Saba Naqvi is a New Delhi-based journalist and author. Her first book, In Good Faith: A Journey In Search of An Unknown India, makes a case for pluralism in India through examples of communities that live in perfect communal harmony.
QDescribe your favourite writing space.My lap and my laptop. Anywhere in the house where I get some peace and privacy.
QDo you have a writing schedule?Ideally, in the morning. Get up, have tea, some light yoga and then hammer away.
QEver struggled with writer’s block?I have the discipline of a trained journalist so I can write on demand. But I imagine it would be harder when attempting fiction and using imagination. That is different from working with facts.
QWhat inspires you to write? Do you have a secret trick, or a book/author that helps?No secret trick. Mostly it’s how I feel about some issues that have driven me so far. That’s important for me to whip up the passion to write.
QCoffee/tea/cigarettes — numbers please — while you are writing?Lots of tea and coffee.
QWhich books are you reading at present?Philip Kerr’s Prague Fatale. Also, William Dalrymple’s Return of a King.
QWho are your favourite authors?Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie.
QWhich book/author should be banned on grounds of bad taste?Nothing should be banned unless it incites violence or perversion.
QWhich is the most under-rated book?The World According to Garp by John Irving.
QWhich are your favourite children’s books?Alice in Wonderland is a work of genius for both adults and kids. The Harry Potter books are my daughter’s favourites and I too enjoy them. Also, Roald Dahl is quite masterful.