The slums are not a place of despair. Its inhabitants are all working towards a better life.
I wonder what it feels like to have no desires left because you have satisfied them all, smothered them with money even before they are born. Is an existence without desire very desirable? And is the poverty of desire better than rank poverty itself?
That dreams have power only over your own mind. But with money you can have power over the minds of others
I am not into the unrealistic realm of magic realism where birds talk.
My books may highlight corruption, brutality and venality, but they also show that if these things come to light, there is rectification. The voiceless do have a voice; democratic mechanisms and accountability do exist.
I am very interested in human-interest stories emerging from modern India. I get my inspiration and daily dose by reading the Hindustan Times.
Sometimes street knowledge can be as important as book knowledge.
God made the human body like a machine with built-in obsolescence.
People don't just want a mindless flick with a superstar; they want to connect more deeply.
Love doesn't happen in an instant. It creeps up on you and then it turns your life upside-down. It colours your waking moments and fills your dreams. You begin to walk on air and see life in brilliant new shades. But it also brings with it a sweet agony, a delicious torture.
I did not go to any creative writing workshop; I did not major in literature. If I can write, anyone can write. All it needs is imagination.
I need to meet people to be able to write.
I am neither a Bengali nor am I from Delhi's St Stephen's. I am an Allahabad boy.
For me, the day job comes first. That's why I call myself a diplomat who writes, not a writer who masquerades as a diplomat. If the day job demands it, I won't write at all. I write in what I call 'the crevices of my day job', and that comes only on weekends.
Global terror does not respect national boundaries.
I get invited to many more literary festivals than I used to because I'm associated with 'Slumdog Millionaire,' the brand. Many more doors have opened up for me as a result of the global success of the film, although I believe that I'm the same person that existed before it.
One does not question a miracle.
The first thing you have to understand is that I was not desperate to be a writer. I was never a closet writer filing away notes in a cupboard.
Indian writers have appropriated English as an Indian language, and that gives a certain freshness to the way we write.
The writer's is an interior world, a world of the mind.
My books are about ordinary people placed in extraordinary situations who are able to draw upon their inner reserves to challenge the status-quo in life and navigate compelling human relationships.
The one conclusion I have reached is that whiskey is a great leveler. You might be a hotshot advertising executive or a lowly foundry worker, but if you cannot hold your drink, you are just a drunkard.
And I realized again that real life is different from reel life.
A great artist is not one who merely fits into a genre but one who defines the genre.
Never judge a man's actions until you know his motives
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