Sealy and the Socialite together answered questions like "Is love one of the sources of inspiration?" De's answer: "No, but the act of writing is pure sex."
April 07, 2003 00:00 ISTBibliofile
Hong Kong may not produce Asia’s greatest literature, but the Rolex island has lately gained a reputation for its litfest showcasing "great writing with Asian roots". The Indian star cast this year was led by an unlikely pair—I. Allan Sealy, whose The Brainfever Bird was launched at the festival, and Shobha De. Incidentally, Sealy’s book about a scientist researching biochemical weapons was released on the same day as a global scare on a pneumonia bug originating in Hong Kong. It was De, however—described by the media here as "India’s answer to Jackie Collins"—who drew packed houses for her sessions with titles like I Like Breaking All the Rules or What Women Want. In one session, Sealy and the Socialite together answered questions like "Is love one of the sources of inspiration?" De’s answer: "No, but the act of writing is pure sex."
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