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In India, you are the face of the UN. Is this a new profile?
I am on the University's board and proud of my Fletcher School connection. It's also a good break.
With the Volcker report controversy, this seems more like an undercover visit.
Ironically, this visit was planned a year back.
So you did not plan to meet the PM?
I would've paid my respects to senior figures in Delhi. It would be inappropriate not to do so.
Post 9/11 it's been difficult for Indian students to go to the US.
There was certainly a brief hiccup. But a backlash from US universities demanding more flexibility has changed things positively.
How do you balance your two careers ?
Both my careers define me. The trick is to use every available minute. Writing brings me relief from my otherwise high-pressured life.
So you never waste time watching TV?
Well, I haven't watched TV for entertainment in a long, long while.
You prefer writing fiction or non-fiction?
Both. But fiction needs time and space and in your mind for the imaginary world and its characters to develop.
And what do you prefer to read?
Both again. I have just finished Amartya Sen's The Argumentative Indian and Salman Rushdie's Shalimar The Clown.
Any talents or interests we don't know of?
Cricket. I composed several cricket fantasies in my childhood to last a lifetime.
Where did you feature in them?
I was the hero, the protagonist.