In Conversation With Anita Nair

By • Aug 25th, 2008
Category: Bangalore, Books and Authors, Featured, India, People

Anita NairAnita Nair is the author of Malabar Mind, Ladies Coupe, Mistress and other books. Her book Ladies Coupe is described as “what must be one of the most important feminist novels to come out of South Asia,” by The Telegraph, UK. The Times Literary Supplement wrote that Anita’s “strength as a writer lies in bringing alive the everyday thoughts, desires and doubts.”

Anita’s books have been published in various languages in Europe and Latin America.

I caught up with Anita Nair in her Bangalore home, where we spoke about her transition to a full-time writer, her books, what inspires her to write, studying in a small town in Kerala, about sex and Indians and the influence of films on her writing.

Anita started her career in the advertising industry. She always wanted to write, and started writing while holding down a full-time job. She slowly made the transition to first as a part-time writer, and eventually into a full-time writer.

Anita divides her time between Bangalore and Kerala.

This interview was first published on 28th January 2007 and  was part of the literary podcast series for Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2007.

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11 Responses »

  1. nice work. i like the new site.

  2. I listened to the full interview in the net for about 65 minutes( the buffering was slow)It was fantastic- not because of the luring voices but because of the content. Whatever question I had in mind was put forth and due answers were given.I enjoyed every bit of it. Hats off to Kamla!

  3. Thanks Rajiv for your comment.

    Nirmala: Really happy to hear that you enjoyed listening to Anita Nair, and thanks for your wonderful comment. Thanks.


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  5. I ‘m from Argentina,I love INDIA, when i found an indian novels ‘LADIS cOUPE’,inmidiatly i bhought and i read so soon.I love Anita Nair ,today i bought Mistress, i enjoyed a lot this novels!!!

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  7. Thanks for this interview!!

  8. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. I first discovered Anita Nair’s beautiful style of writing in a bookshop in Kottayam seven years ago. As a Malaylee born and raised in Canada, I was thirsty for a good read from a former Keralalite. I drank every word of Ladies Coupe. Your thought provoking questions produced a highly stimulating and captivating interview. I cannot wait to read Mistress!

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  10. Must be an enjoyable read Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by “to read” list.

  11. i loved her mistress so much that i immediately ordered for lessons in forgetting and ladies is a miracle of rare device and provoked me to think seriously about love and life

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