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'Boastful Family Saga? So?'

In which the reclusive author takes on V.S. Naipaul. Also confessing, "I've given up on fame". To be a successful writer these days, he says, "you have to be young and good-looking, and it helps if you are a young woman".

'Boastful Family Saga? So?'
Jitender Gupta
'Boastful Family Saga? So?'
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"I've given up on fame," confesses Allan Sealy in an exclusive interview. To be a successful writer these days, according to Sealy, "you have to be young and good-looking, and it helps if you are a young woman." Emerging briefly from his lair in the lower Himalayas to promote his latest book, Red, Sealy talks candidly about what it was like being a full-time writer in the 70s and, unusually for him, takes on V.S. Naipaul who recently declared that Indians can only write family sagas, and boastful ones at that.

As a writer, do you see yourself as observer or actor in life?

Well, this book (Red) is about the nexus between these two. Life is constantly trying to trip you up. My taxi driver who dropped me here gave me an example. He was telling me he was in Haridwar and a pandit there told him: If you block the path of an ant, it would turn left or right, trying to get around the obstacle. You are creating problems for it, but it would constantly try to walk around it. That's what this book is doing: constantly returning to...

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