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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Author Interview : Sriram Karri, author of 'Autobiography of a Mad Nation' - Part 2
This is the
second part of the much awaited Sriram Karri’s 'Epic' 'Autobiography of a Mad Nation' Interview. Following the first section is
this part, where he discusses what it was that was most challenging about the
book and also, how it was that the political and social backgrounds have affected his
about the three books he is writing and also his favourite authors. All this,
and much more. So, do, Read up, Folks…
was the most challenging part about writing this book?
Balancing the history and real with the needs of the plot and deleting
what was a great essay but did not belong to the novel. ‘Show, not tell’, the
credo, is very challenging when you pass the test for every line in a book.
I lost large parts on T N Seshan, P V Narasimha Rao, and my intellectual
views on the past, and rightly, they are my views, not what the characters
said. So, sacrificing the loved narrative and writing, for the sake of the story
was the hardest but essential part of being from the romantic school of
did the political and social background of India affect your writing?
Completely, it is the canvas but the canvas should not dominate the
painting, and that was the fun and challenge. In the end, the painting is the
product and canvas was a needed toll, not the other way around.
Could you tell the
readers about your experiences and how it was related to what you wrote?
We all were born and
lived so far, in a nation that goes mad – they feel it. In fact, non-Indians
who read it told me that it makes the think of their own country, so that my
every experience that went into writing will become the experience of the
reader now and they will know how I felt because they will feel it.
What is the most
fulfilling part, now that you have written your book?
That is was written and is there for the readers.
That it was a kind of book that is not just difficult but nearly
impossible to try writing but it happened against all odds and will now chart
advice to writers that would like to be published today? How tough is it to be
Go out there and
conquer. It is hard, but not impossible.
Who was it that told
you that you could become the author, you are today?
All those great
characters I read since as a child; all those great authors who wrote them and
whispered across the ages, and my mother.
What is the next book
that you have planned?
Writing three of them
in parallel – waiting for the moment when one will consume me completely,
enough to ignore all else and sprint.
Which book are you currently reading?
I recently finished
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s, ‘The
Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey’, which was on the shortlist of The
Hindu Book Prize. I have just started re-reading Thomas Piketty's ‘Capitalism in the 21st Century’.
I work as a brander
and communications expert in a technology company. I am also by the side,
working on some patents and a start-up, and write columns and articles. I am
also a very involved debater and often participate in debates.
What advice do you have
for the young writers of today?
Don’t bother with any
advice someone like me can give.