The possibilities of every intersection in the equation of living are limitless Says Actor-Writer Manav Kaul.
The possibilities of every intersection in the equation of living are limitless Says Actor-Writer Manav Kaul, who is known for his brilliant performance in Tumhari Sulu. Kaul is not only a fantastic actor but also a playwright and a beloved Hindi author. He has written so far five books and his new book Chalta-Phirta Pret is making news these days. Let’s read what Manav has to say about his new book and life.
Q. What is writing for you?
The possibilities of every intersection in the equation of living are limitless. We mostly choose simplicity in living safe and turn towards less dramaturgy. So when people question whether this story is based on your life, I tell them that I wish my life would be so rich! There has always been a longing that I live a little more in the process of living. Turn to the less dramatic at the crossroads, but live all the possibilities that the rest of the paths have preserved within itself. So maybe I started writing. I mostly wanted to touch the world of which this world is a reflection.
Q. Do you feel empty or filled by writing?
As I write, the whole world I create starts leaving me. It becomes so alien that I often read my own writing and say, ‘Wow! Whoever wrote it is right. ”I would not call it empty. I always love being empty. It is very important to have an empty space. You can also see it as ‘wait’. I am always waiting for someone or something new, something that has never happened before. The oldness of my old writing works very well in this. I write everything as if I am writing it for the first time.
Q. The titles of your books are very interesting. Do they come naturally to you like writing or it requires exercise?
Sometimes the story gives the title first, sometimes the title lies in the whole story and you cannot see it. For me, stories themselves always determine the title. I never make any effort in this.
Q. Is language (Hindi) a hindrance or ease for you when it comes to writing?
I think language is just a way to express or tell what you want to say. Good language always attracts, but in the end, I do not find it more important than ornamentation. What and why you are writing among all those figures is always more important than in which language you are writing it.
Q. You have written a lot on death. Some stories in this book also try to understand death. How did writing death instead of ‘life’ attract you?
I once sat on a bench in the middle of the streets in New York drinking my morning coffee. A lot of people were seen going to their work. Suddenly I got the idea that after just thirty years from now a whole new generation will change them all. Someone like me will be sitting on this bench and many people like them will be going to their work in the same way. Nothing will change and yet everything will be changed. Perhaps this was the moment when my relationship with death started throwing something different. I wanted to dig it, I always wanted to get a little deeper into it. But the more death I have wanted to write, the more life has been added to my stories.
Q. People like your writing like madness. How do you handle this?
I do not want to handle this at all. I want to stay away because the person to whom they give credit for writing all this, I am not that person.
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