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An Author’s Word: Indira Ananthakrishnan

1. If not an author, which other creative field would one find you in and why?

Whatever I do apart from writing, comes out in a creative way, in one way or another. For example, I clean the front yard every morning and make a kolam ( rangoli pattern) with rice flour. Each day, it turns out a little different from the previous day. So, too, the rest of the activities during the course of the day! The attitude and process of creativity happens not continually but continuously.


2. What does the written word mean to you?

The written word is a treasure for me. The spoken word impacts the mind; the unspoken word may impact the sub-conscious; but the written word impacts the intellect as well as the heart deeply.


3. Your personal favourite authors in any field.

  • Subhadra Sengupta
  • Paro Anand
  • Ruskin Bond
  • Chitra Divakaruni Bannerjee
  • Bill Aitken.
  • Kalki


4.What is your favourite word in any language and how would you describe its meaning?

I like the word ‘swabhava madhura’ in Sanskrit. It describes the admirable nature of a person, swabhava’, as ‘madhura’ gentle, soft, sweet and the like.


5. E-book or physical book? What do you prefer and why?

There is no comparison. It is the physical book and that alone. E-book is a modern fad, a strain on the eyes, and may not stand the test of time. The more easy-on-the-eyes written word has stood the test of time.