18 May, 2021

How To Write A Couplet

Writers speak of the pleasures and travails of living with a creative partner

Ganadeep Sheldekar
How To Write A Couplet

No matter where you stand on the Valentine’s Day spectrum, it’s hard to resist the love stories of great writers. When two creat­ive forces meet, one would imagine  exchanges of pas­s­ionate letters, diaries and poems, and the novels that could ensue. As with Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley, Vladimir Nabokov and Vera Nabokov. We picture their  arguments as poetic, their children as lit­e­rary geniuses, their afternoons spent lingering over sips of brandy, penning notes between tender looks. The chemistry is irrefutable. But for modern-day pairs that’s the stuff of dreams.

At author couple Saskya Jain and Christopher Kloeble’s earthy Japanese-imprint home in a leafy neighbourhood in Delhi, we spend a languorous afternoon in their warm spring-green kitchen (the...

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