At the Chennai Book Club

I had been to the Chennai book club meets at the Pasta Bar Veneto, Burkit Road earlier and enjoyed the intellectually charged discussions. It was a pleasure and a privilege to visit the event as an author for the first time, earlier this month and talk about The Reengineers.

It was a most enjoyable evening spent discussing modernism, surrealism, postmodernism, the relevance of genre to a reader and the significance of book covers among other things. I was especially delighted by a set of intelligent questions that a reader had for me.

He referred to a paragraph in The Reengineers (one of my favourites) which talks about a chain of writers inspiring each other across centuries, their words transcending time, space and even language. Thus Shelley inspired the Tamil poet Bharati to write under the name ‘Shelley-dasan’ (Shelley’s devotee), who in turn inspired the poet Bharati-dasan and so on. This gentleman wanted to know if I had a particular author whom I could relate to, as my inspiration.

While there is no single author whom I relate to completely, I told him about the four writers who have been my biggest inspirations – Nabokov, Salinger, Julian Barnes and my beloved Muriel Spark. I am a devotee of all of them, worshipping at multiple shrines of literature.

If you like literary fiction, you will love The Reengineers:
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2 comments

  1. Jagan

    Hi Indhu … It was great having you there as well … I liked that passage very much and that’s why I wanted to ask that question … How we’ll meet again some time

  2. Indu Muralidharan

    Hi Jagan, welcome to my blog and thank you very much for the thought-provoking questions, I greatly enjoyed our discussion. in case you are able to read my book someday, would love to know your thoughts about the rest of it.
    Hope to see you again at another literary event. (You have an excellent blog, will visit there again)

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