10 January, 2020

Up Close & Personal with #Author Kunal Basu - @JaipurLitFest

Up Close & Personal is a series of interviews with Speakers at Jaipur Literature Festival 2020. As a preview to the big event, here are a few quick sets of warm up interviews. The main show begins on 23 Jan and runs till 27 Jan, 2020. I hope you're ready!

Kunal Basu is the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including The Miniaturist and Kalkatta, and a collection of stories titled The Japanese Wife, the lead story of which was made into an award-winning film. He has also written novels in Bengali.

Up Close & Personal with Kunal Basu

What is the one question you are tired of answering?
How do you balance your life as an author and a professor?

What is the one question you secretly wish people would ask you?
How do you manage to create completely different worlds for each one of your novels?

Tell us your favourite literary quote
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ... it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness ..." from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Recommend just ONE book
"Waiting for the Barbarians," by John Coetzee

Do you think that Literary Festivals help encourage the love for reading and help lure more readers into the fold?
Absolutely. They create an X-factor for literature.

What are you looking forward to the most at JLF 2020?
Meeting a reader who'll surprise me with a question about my writing that I don't have an answer for.

If you could invite any author (living or dead) to be on a panel with you for the fest, who would you choose and why?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

What can we expect from you 2020?
Four books and (hopefully) a film or two

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