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?
The slums are not a place of despair. Its inhabitants are all working towards a better life.
Sometimes street knowledge can be as important as book knowledge.
That dreams have power only over your own mind. But with money you can have power over the minds of others
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 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 am not into the unrealistic realm of magic realism where birds talk.
...a rainy day ceases to have meaning for a person who has lived in the open under a monsoon cloud most of his life.
I am very interested in human-interest stories emerging from modern India. I get my inspiration and daily dose by reading the Hindustan Times.
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 am the luckiest novelist in the world. I was a first-time novelist who wasn't awash in rejection slips, whose manuscript didn't disappear in slush piles. I have had a wonderful time.
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.
The brain is not an organ we are authorized to use. We are supposed to use only our hands and legs.
The writer's is an interior world, a world of the mind.
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 became completely addicted to 'Angry Birds' for a while.
Just because someone has gone to an elite school and college does not make him smarter than the person who has grown up on street knowledge.
My first novel was a challenge to myself. No one had an inkling that I was working on it.
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.
Indian writers have appropriated English as an Indian language, and that gives a certain freshness to the way we write.
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