Calling herself a ‘closet writer’, Anita Nair, the author of Ladies Coupe and Eating Wasps interacted with the audience at a session mediated by Chitra Raghavan.
She traced her journey as a writer which started during her childhood. She described her journey to becoming an author was ‘one of serendipity’. She recalled her friend who reviewed her stories and suggested that she should look for a publisher. Acclaimed for stories set in the rural villages of Kerala, she added that she preferred to work on stories set in that back drop as she was not comfortable with the urban milieu.
“My characters are grounded in their Indianness and this Indianness that I try to capture in my books,” said the author. She compared her recent work, Eating Wasps, which is about the challenges women who have found their own identity unlike the characters in Ladies Coupe.
“We are becoming a generation of people where social validation is becoming increasingly important; even an everyday meal has to be recorded and Instagrammed,” said the author who advised students in the audience to refrain from allowing social media to be the sum total of their existence.