When you’re a writer you can’t fear reprisal, says Pritish Nandy in response to Altaf Tyrewala’s statement that he is scared of speaking the truth in these days of hire-a-hoodlum
My first newspaper article appeared when I was 14. I’ve been writing since. There’s very little I can do apart from writing. I figured this out a long time back. I also figured, around the same time, that I’m not capable of writing like anyone else.So, much of my life has been spent trying to delve into my own mind and writing what I think, feel, believe in.
I agree with Altaf Tyrewala (‘What I really want to write Gives me Nightmares’ Mumbai Mirror, February 18) that this is not as easy as it sounds. In fact, it’s difficult, very difficult and a bit scary. I should know. I’ve had some brushes with danger. Luckily, I have survived them all. Today, looking back on my life as a writer, I often ask myself if the risks were worth taking. Every time, the answer’s the same: Yes.
I began as a poet and the Writers Workshop published my first book of poems when I was 16 or 17. I wouldn’t know because I don’t keep copies of my books. Nostalgia is not what makes me who I am. I write because I cannot but write.
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