In Conversation With Anita NairBy kamla bhatt • Aug 25th, 2008
Category: Bangalore, Books and Authors, Featured, India, People
Anita 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.