A story of how India came to be a ‘global superpower’
A novel, Arundhati Roy’s ‘India in My Head,’ is now a bestseller in the US.
Roy is the author of the novel, India in My Brain, and is a professor of English at New York University.
This week, she gave an interview to The Hindu.
Here is a selection of what she had to say.
Why did you decide to write the novel India in Your Head?
Well, there are a lot of people in the world who have had to face that fact of poverty and hunger and hopelessness.
There’s no hope of making it in this world, and so, this idea of India in my head has become a global superpower story.
Q: What has the reaction been to your book been?
A: Well, for many people it’s been very positive.
It’s been a tremendous challenge, I’m sure.
The American publisher, Random House, who is publishing the book, said, “India in my Head is a very important novel, and one that will be highly relevant to the American reader.”
I think it’s going to be really interesting for the next generation of Indian writers.
Q.: Why did it take you so long to publish the book?
A.: Well, my book was originally published in 2014.
And then, in February, a book came out in India called Arundra Sharma’s ‘Sachar’, which is about the rise of the Indian diaspora in the UK, which is a different story.
So, my life has been very different since then.
Q:”What is the biggest challenge of writing about India in your head?”
A.: This is a story that I’ve written for many years, and then, after I started writing, I realised that it was not a story about me, it was about a story, a history.
So I’ve thought, how can I tell this story about India and its people, and its history, if I’m not telling it about myself?
I’ve been thinking, I’ve tried to tell the story about myself, but this is not a tale about me.
I’ve not found it.
“What do you hope people will take away from reading this book?”
A: I hope people take away a lot from reading it.
There are some really interesting things about this story that they may not have known before.
I hope that they will feel something, a certain empathy, maybe even sympathy, towards the story of India and the people who live there.
I think there’s something very powerful about that.
Q., Arunda Roy, professor of literature at NYU, says:Q.: So, you’ve been working on the book for some time.
What have you learned from the experience?
A, Well, I have learnt a lot.
First of all, when I was first writing, it felt very, very strange.
I thought that my story was about me as a character, but then I realised, you know, there’s this huge difference between me and the Indian people.
In my book, the Indian society is much more like ours, it’s much more modern.
In fact, the book is a history of a different India.
This is my story about the story, not my own story.
I think it was also a very difficult book to write, because the story I was telling was very much about the experience of poverty.
I’m working to tell my own experience.
I was working on a book for a long time and it was very hard to tell it in my own way, because I was writing about the Indian experience.
I was also working on another book, about the relationship between India and Pakistan, which was also very hard, because of the circumstances in which I was born.
I tried to write about the fact that the people of India are not like Pakistanis, and that’s why I was so angry with the fact of Pakistani independence.
But I was also trying to tell a story of Indian society that was very modern, very democratic.
I feel like that’s what I’ve got to tell about the India in India in the book.
Q.—Do you think that the Indian community has benefited from your book?
A.: Well yes, absolutely.
The Indian people have benefited enormously from this book.
I mean, I can’t imagine my own life without it.
The story is a real story of the experience, the hardships, the difficulties, of being born a Bengali, of living in Pakistan, of growing up in India.
It is a tale of hardship, but also a story where the Indian side of India is the better side, the better part.
And I think that it’s a very powerful book.
I would say the Indian story is also very rich.
It goes back to the time when the British first arrived in India and it’s very interesting that in the beginning of this period, in 1857, the British came and settled in Bengal.
The British were very strong in