24 September, 2020

Vikram Chandra

The Commonwealth Prize-winner finally delivers a whopping 7 kg book, Sacred Games

Vikram Chandra
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A million dollar advance! Doesn’t that give you writer’s block?
Not yet. It’s not as if you plan these things.

So you didn’t get the advance before you wrote Sacred Games?
No. All the wheeling and dealing happened after the book was written last summer.

At 900 pages, your book invites comparisons with the other door-jammer, A Suitable Boy.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I haven’t got past Vikram Seth’s word limit.

Isn’t 900 pages a self-indulgence in TV age?
Certainly not. Think of the largest-selling series of recent times: Harry Potter.

You’ve lived with these Mumbai bhais for seven years, how did it change you?
It does something to your psyche. Waiting in a queue while the guy behind the counter is reading the newspaper sometimes makes me want to do what Ganesh does, give him a tight one.

Have you forgiven Suketu Mehta for writing about your family now that you have also written about Mumbai’s characters?
Unlike Suketu’s, my characters are a...

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