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You know, since the reviews have come out and people have reacted to it, I’ve realized that is in a sense what has happened. But…
The reactions haven’t differed; the concerns have been different. When I read for a predominantly Indian audience, there are more questions that are based on…
Some Indians will come up and say that a story reminded them of something very specific to their experience. Which may or may not be…
It didn’t matter that I wore clothes from Sears; I was still different. I looked different. My name was different. I wanted to pull away…
In New York I was always so scared of saying that I wrote fiction. It just seemed like, ‘Who am I to dare to do…
If I stop to think about fans, or best-selling, or not best-selling, or good reviews, or not-good reviews, it just becomes too much. It’s like…
I’ve seen novels that have grown out of one story in a collection. But it hasn’t occurred to me to take any of those stories…
I don’t know why, but the older I get the more interested I get in my parents’ marriage. And it’s interesting to be married yourself,…
For that story, I took as my subject a young woman whom I got to know over the course of a couple of visits. I…
At 6:30, which was when the national news began, my father raised the volume and adjusted the antennas. Usually I occupied myself with a book,…
It’s easy to set a story anywhere if you get a good guidebook and get some basic street names, and some descriptions, but, for me,…
Interpreter of Maladies is the title of one of the stories in the book. And the phrase itself was something I thought of before I…
I can’t tell you exactly how I found it. It was just a process of writing a lot of stories and reading a lot of…
The urge to convert experience into a group of words that are in a grammatical relation to one another is the most basic, ongoing impulse…
It interests me to imagine characters shifting from one situation and one location to another for whatever the circumstances may be.
The most compelling narrative, expressed in sentences with which I have no chemical reaction, or an adverse one, leaves me cold.
I would not send a first story anywhere. I would give myself time to write a number of stories.
I approach writing stories as a recorder. I think of my role as some kind of reporting device – recording and projecting.
I always think first about the nature of the story. When I had the idea for ‘The Namesake,’ I felt that it had to be…
For years, I sort of would try to write a story that somehow fit the title. And I don’t think it happened for maybe another…
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