Writer’sBlock

Q. Which is the most erotic book you have read? A. I attempted Fifty Shades of Grey but it was ridiculous and boring and I just did not get it.

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.

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