Saturday, April 14, 2012

The writer and his ego

What you write can touch people in the strangest, most unexpected and most unimaginable ways. No wonder they say Reality throws up things stranger than Imagination ever can.

At a recent party, one of the guests came up to me and she couldn't stop gushing about ‘Ambush!’ - one of the stories in ‘The Kabab Maker and the Consultant’.

What aspect of the story (read: the brilliance of my craftsmanship) did she like so much I wondered. Was it the plot or the characters, or the dialogue, I wanted to know desperately. My ego, already on the 32nd floor, got ready to leap heavenwards.

She explained why the story was such a hit with her. ‘In one of the scenes, the protagonist, who has called her opponent for dinner, wonders before serving the food if the ‘paneer is soft’, and if the gravy is consistent, and things like that. Now every time I throw a party, this image comes back to me.' And so she feels the story has helped improve her cooking. That’s why she likes it.

Wow! I’ve never seen my ego crash so quickly.

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