Q. Hello Lakshmi, and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your book, ‘Bonsai Kitten ’. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I must have been a journalist in my mother’s womb. Both my father and grandfather were eminent journalists. In fact, my grandfather ran a paper called The West Coast Reformer, where he was the editor, the cartoonist, the peon … everything! His favourite target was the British collector of the district and he lampooned him mercilessly. Apparently, when he was asked why he didn’t arrest my grandfather, he’s reported to have said, “Because he makes me laugh so much!” When my dad used to go for night duty at the Times of India, Delhi, I would howl at being parted from him, so he often carried me to work and put me to sleep on top of his desk. So I have writer’s ink in my blood! From journalism to authoring books was a natural progression, especially after I retired.
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