A problem that has teased me since long has probably teased a number of people before me, namely the problem of commencement. What comes first, language or thought? Character or Plot? Form or Content?
The human mind is a storehouse of weirdly mystifying activity. It is too deep to be fathomed and too abstract to be given shape. It churns out mysterious questions that defy clear-cut answers. Yet the writer must try to attend to some of these. I would love to get the views of readers on these, on my blog.
Writing a sex scene in a novel can be very difficult indeed, unless of course you are a master of that sort of thing. When I began writing in the last one or two years of the twentieth century, writing a sex scene was a hurdle indeed for me. I was pleasantly surprised when recently a young man came up to me and said he had learned so much from the sex scenes of THE TAILOR’S NEEDLE. ‘Did you really?’ I asked patting myself on the back for having jumped the hurdle well.
This morning I was pleased to see this review of my story collection, MARRIAGES ARE MADE IN INDIA on Amazon:
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Excellent short stories woven together- one chapter at a time., November 11, 2013
By Crystal M. Lindsey "Sister Crystal Mary Linds... (Sunshine Coast, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Marriages Are Made In India (Kindle Edition)
I totally loved this book. It was not at all what I expected from the title but I was curious enough to look at the first chapter. Following that, I wanted to know more and was captivated by the people within. Every chapter was a story in itself, and every story was different in style and intrege. At times I felt like the fly on the wall peeping in on private lives. It made me laugh and it made me feel sad. It also ran true to the real lives of every day people and I believe I could see myself in some of the personalities. This book could be given as a gift for any occasion, especially to the one who finds it difficult to handle reading much at a given time. The short condensed stories flow to life and carry you away then end, all in one chapter. At times you wish you could read more but by then you are caught up in the next story and just want to find out what happens where you are. Wonderful reading!
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When I was writing THE TAILOR'S NEEDLE and a tragic scene was being composed, I often discovered that I had been crying during its composition and when a comic scene came I would laugh out unknowingly and then look around to see if someone had seen me laughing to myself.
The first part of Scenes from THE TAILOR'S NEEDLE enacted by teachers and students of the English Dept., Allahabad University, is now available on YouTube and can be watched here: