16 January, 2021

Suketu Mehta

The author of the award-winning Maximum City talks about his new novella, What is Remembered, and all things Mumbai and New York

Suketu Mehta
outlookindia.com
2016-09-09T20:19:12+05:30

After Maximum City, this mini book?

What is Remembered came to be during my research for a book on New York. Fiction fuels my non-fiction. I was looking to tell a subtle story of exile, and fiction was the perfect, timeless way.

Why did you launch it on the Juggernaut app?

As a storyteller, I don’t care what the medium is.

Do you relate with the protagonist, Mahesh?

There are bits that I can relate to, a few memories. But I know of a lot of people like Mahesh who want to forget everything Indian, but have a chink in their armour.

How different was writing the second book?

Obviously, no research went into this one, except for the perpetual “what if I were inside the person’s head”, when I met people.

Mahesh’s childhood memory of shitting his pants, and stinking up the class....

The poop story is every Ind­ian’s story, including mine!

Cities, in your books, are...

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