Submitted by Leah on Wed, 2015-09-02 09:47
What has it been like to be longlisted?
I’m used to living under a rock in a corner of the Himalayas and being confused with Arundhati Roy. It feels as if this is happening to someone else.
What are you working on next?
I’m making pots -- a friend and I are working towards a full kiln in November. And am dreaming up a book, but it’s still at the scribbles stage.
What are you reading at the moment?
A manuscript on the Maoist movement in India, Naseeruddin Shah’s And Then One Day, John Bradshaw’s In Defence of Dogs.
What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?
Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. I found it enthralling and as complicated as a cat’s cradle.
Sleeping on Jupiter deals in part with violence against women in India. This has been in the news a lot in recently, was your novel in part a reaction to this?
The novel began long ago, in 2008, so no, it isn’t. I started out writing a book about friendship, and the central relationship in the book was for me the one between two children in the ashram.