I like being myself. Maybe just slimmer, with a few less wrinkles.
Strong women, when respected, make the whole society stronger. One must be careful with such rapid changes, though, and make an effort to preserve, at the same time, the positive traditions of Indian culture.
I took a little break after 'The Palace of Illusions' to clear my head.
I write best late at night, when everyone in the house has gone to bed. There's something magical about that late night silence that appeals to me.
The Mahabharata might have been a great and heroic battle, but there are no winners. The losers, of course, lose.
Perhaps what distinguishes my characters is their courage and spirit and a certain stubbornness which enables them to keep going even when facing a setback. I think this developed organically as I wrote, but also it came out of a desire to portray women as powerful and intelligent forces in the world.
My favorite part was when my grandfather and I would make a special trip to Firpo's Bakery for red and green Christmas cookies and fruitcake studded with the sweetest cherries I've ever tasted. Usually Firpo's was too expensive for our slim budget, but Christmas mornings they gave a discount to any children who came in.