Priyamvada N Purushotham
On her book 'The Purple line'
- Hi Priyamvada, is this your first outing as an author ? Asked by: Mahesh
- Hi. This is my first novel. I've written some poetry and plays.
- what is this book about? Asked by: Srikar
- It's the story of six women whose lives and destinies are intertwined but they never meet each other. Their common link is their gynecologist.
- Who are your favourite authors and why? Asked by: Kaushik Mukherjee
- Virginia Woolf. Nabakov. John Irving. To name a few... John Irving because he's so incredibly funny and always writes about people in the margins of society.
- Priya What made you passionate about being an author? Asked by: Mincy Mohan
- I guess it's because I love art. Theatre . Poetry. And of course novels. I felt a deep need to create something.
- Hi, Where is your story set in? Any particular reasin for it? Asked by: Sundar
- It's set in Chennai, to me still Madras. Because it's been my home for several years. I've always moved in and out of Madras since I was born and I have a deep relationship with the city.
- Why do you think our regional authors works are not reaching the audience or they do not get their due respects as those who use English as medium? Asked by: Mincy Mohan
- I think it's because English is widely spoken through out the world and there is a demand for Indian writing in English.
- Whom would you term as the greatest author of all times? And why? To which yesteryear author would you equate yourself to or you want to be? Asked by: Mincy Mohan
- It's difficult to pin down my influences to one author, as there have been several who have inspired me. But if I had to name one, it would be Virginia Woolf. I guess I would want to be her, but my style is very, very different.
- Is is based on true facts and events u have come across or pure work of fiction ? Asked by: Mahesh
- It's a pure work of fiction.
- Any plans of starting your next work ??? Asked by: Mahesh
- I hope to start next month; in the mean time I'm dabbling with some short stories.
- What made you start off with 'The purple line', when you were into poetry and plays? Asked by: Mincy Mohan
- I felt this great need for it to be written. It deals with issues like female infanticide among other things.
- Your advise out of your experience,to those aspiring to pen down a novel..:) Asked by: Mincy Mohan
- Keep writing. It's like little drops of water everyday and then one day you wake up and realize you've filled a whole tub.
- What does the term Purple lIne mean? Asked by: Sundar
- It has a literal meaning that I can't give away because you'd have to read the book! And then later, towards the end of the book, the line has a deeper meaning.
- I have met u in chennai in Dec 2010 and am glad that you have come out with your first book. All the best and keep going Asked by: Mahesh
- Thanks! And do read it!
- Great work..:) All the very best..:)Thank you for replying patiently Ms.Priyamvada Asked by: Mincy Mohan
- It's my pleasure Mincy. Thanks! So I'm guessing you've read the book.
- Hi, read your book. It is very interesting, the way the six women's lives are intertwined without their meeting each other. I am particularly impressed by the true realistic portrayal of the sufferings that an Indian woman has to face. Asked by: Manju
- Thanks Manju! Like I said earlier there was a great need in me to write this book and say the stories of the Zubeidas and the Meghas out there.
- We are definitely going to read you book but apart from Virginia Woolf, which authors you like reading and which books do you suggest to us? Asked by: Madhukar
- Nabakov's Lolita is my bible. John Irving has written a string of delightful novels besides his famous World According to Garp. Cider House Rules. A Prayer for Owen Meany. I particularly love Son of The Circus because it's set in India. And then there's Howard Jacobson who I recently discovered after Finkler Question won the Booker. I loved Kalooki Nights too. And then there's Updike and his Rabbit series. Peter Carry. Martin Amis...
- I feel the response from the Indian women for your book will be great but I am not so sure of the guys, particularly those men who are deep into tradition and stuff.. Asked by: Manju
- It's certainly not for the traditional! But you're right,I've got a good response from women.