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Anita Desai

I aim to tell the truth about any subject, not a romance or fantasy, not avoid the truth.

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People think that because I write about India I must be trying to portray India in a way.

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I try to trace the connection between the characters and that way a story or plot emerges.

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My style of writing is to allow the story to unfold on its own. I try not to structure my work too rigidly.

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India is a curious place that still preserves the past, religions, and its history. No matter how modern India becomes, it is still very much an old country.

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When I was very young, I used to share much of what I wrote with my family, but as I got older and more self-conscious, it became a much more private process.

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Usually a feeling of disappointment follows the book, because what I hoped to write is not what I actually accomplished. However, it becomes a motivation to write the next book.

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Someone who wants to write should make an effort to write a little something every day. Writing in this sense is the same as athletes who practice a sport every day to keep their skills honed.

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Ever since I could first write I have been doing so. When I was taught how to write and read at school, I made up my mind that this was what I love to do best and this was the world I was going to occupy.

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The book begins and ends with the visits to give the impression of a tunnel into their ancestors and family history. I believe in going backwards into the past - I felt I was digging a tunnel back to the past.

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