Sunday 23 October 2016
09 June 2003 Books 10 Questions

Aniruddha Bahal

The Tehelka spy who caught them red-handed, on his new thriller, Bunker 13 (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux), which is making waves abroad
Was there always a writer hidden in the investigative reporter?
I always harboured literary ambitions.

Did your experience as an investigative reporter help?
As a journalist, your exposure is much more and therefore you have more material to exercise your imagination.

Did you learn anything when your first novel flopped?
Every writer has to churn out half-a-million odd words before writing anything of substance.

Are you attracted to the seamy side of life?
For me, life's a composite experience.

Why did you choose to write a thriller?
I'd slot it as espionage fiction.

Why did you leave Tehelka?
I wanted to get back to journalism, something that I have been unable to do for many months now because of the government bogging us down with a lot of legal nonsense.

What is Cobrapost? is a small effort to establish an independent media platform.

How big was the advance for this book?
A significant sum.

What is the foreign reaction to Bunker 13?
The reviews thus far have been encouraging.

Other than Salinger, who are your role models?
I love the American writers of the '50s and '60s. I think the literary energy of that period was awesome—Kerouac, Ken Kassey, Heller etc.

Condom, Condemned The Working Drones
Download the Outlook ​Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store

Post a Comment

You are not logged in, please Log in or Register
  • Daily Mail

More than a decade after India first started the procurement process, it has finally inked an €8bn agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault. The original deal was to buy 126 Rafales to replace the accident-prone Russian MiG-21s. Ultimately, the government offered to buy only 36 ready-to-fly planes.

POLL STARTED ON: Sep 26, 2016
Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro is hosting the 31st Olympic Games from August 5 to 21. This is the first Olympics being held in South America and is going on even as a majority Brazilians are unhappy with their rulers. Here’s a quiz on some random Olympic facts and related trivia.
QUIZ STARTED ON: Aug 11, 2016