The minute I finished reading, "Nobody Can Love You More - Life in Delhi's Red Light District" by Mayank Austen Soofi, I knew I had to interview him and ask him the questions that were lingering in my head. So here you go, a crisp and short interview with the man:
1. What prompted you to write this book? Who or what sparked the idea?
The reason why I wrote this book was because I wanted to understand the world of GB Road, to make a sense of it, and that I could have done only by writing about it. That's how the book entered this world. I initially found GB Road very mysterious. It's such an extraordinary place, but each time I'm in kotha no. 300, everything seems so ordinary: the fact that you make money by pretending to make love to men... as a person growing up in a middle-class household, it is such a strange thing to me, but here to most women I met, it is just work.
I have a feeling that GB Road will not last long in its present form because of many factors including that the concept of an exclusive red light area to serve the carnal needs of the city is becoming extinct. Since I did not come across any book on the area, (indeed, I have not come across any narrative non-fiction on any red light area in India), I felt I must try to capture
07:19 PM, Dec 05, 2012
I am sure there have been many books written on the red light districts of the country. There are after all so many of them in every city, almost in hiding, in every nook. It is the world's oldest profession and it has been created by the world. So there are no sides that need to be taken. This is precisely what the book, 'Nobody Can Love You More: Life...
06:42 PM, Dec 05, 2012