– Rucha Bhawkar. Dear Rucha it would be easier to list what hasn’t changed since I started out, more than thirty years ago. Just thinking about it makes me feel so old! I don’t want…Continue Reading: «How is it different when you began writing, and today?»
…the experience that counts when you want to write?» – Sethulakshmi Oh, dear Sethulakshmi! I feel like I am answering every single question with «both». But it’s true, it’s both. But even «both» is not…Continue Reading: «Is it really the writer’s imagination or…
«Or giving happiness to others and not being contended by everything in our lives?» – Ena. Oh, Ena! That is such a good question. If I think about it, it is the central question that…Continue Reading: «Does happiness lie in living for ourselves?»
… in the recent past. How do you look at your own situation, a Swiss author living in and writing from America?» – Dr Swati Acharaya, Pune. Thank you for this question, Dr Acharaya. It…Continue Reading: «Homeland and mother tongue have become very fluid terms …
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Why would you do that to yourself? Why seek out happy couples – couples that seem happy to you at least – after a painful divorce? Not many of my friends understood. I was not…Continue Reading: The Happy-Couples-Cure for Heartbreak.
Here I was, 21 years old, on a train ride from Paris to Munich where my father was dying in a huge hospital. I distracted myself by writing – the novel I had started on…Continue Reading: The Impostor’s School of Writing, part 2
I was 21 and living in Paris when I first started telling people that I was a writer. Until then I had never said it out loud. Somehow I had met a group of aspiring…Continue Reading: The Impostor’s School of Writing – Part 1