Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Tête-à-Tête with Hosseini

I had an opportunity to put forth my amateur questions to one of the most popular writers, Khaled Hosseini, and he was kind enough to take time to answer my questions. 

Me: All the three books are beautifully written. I, as a reader, have picked up very attractive and striking lines and have quoted it often in given proper contexts. Did you intentionally come up with such axioms or did it happen by chance?
Hosseini: Once I inhabit the characters - the writing comes naturally but arduously at times.

Me: While creating your characters and placing them in particular geographical areas of Afghanistan, what were the difficulties you faced in order to recreate (from memory) the actual Afghanistan settings?
Hosseini: My first novel was written all by memory but my second and third novels were written after visiting Afghanistan several times for refugee missions.

Me: Did you allow the characters to tell their own tales or did you design them in such a way wherein you had complete control over their actions?
Hosseini: The characters inhabit my mind in a very real way. They become these living beings almost with their own identity, but they are created by my imagination.

Me: You have dealt with themes of war/love/intimacy/relationships in your books. With respect to these mixed aspects, do you think being a writer is a gift or a curse?
Hosseini: Definitely a gift to allow readers to become familiar with Afghanistan and how we are all human and share the same stories regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, etc.

Me: As a novelist, what points would you like to recommend to the potential young writers?
Hosseini: Read voraciously.

8 comments:

Chandrashekar Manohar said...

Congratulations little panda.. Have him read your work too... If possible.. Let him visit the contours and ridges of that beautiful creative mind of yours...

Kiran Samat said...

Oh my God! I have been reading 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' lately, and weeping like a baby.
Reading this blog filled my heart with happiness for some strange reasons!

Sathya said...

Amazing Su! I feel so happy to see his response and what this experience means to you!

Suhasini Srihari said...

Awww... My writings have a long way to be polished, and for him to read. Hosseini replying to my message is indeed a credit that I can proudly flaunt!

Suhasini Srihari said...

Have you read his first book, "The Kite Runner"? Read all the three, and you will love him more!

Suhasini Srihari said...

Thank you Sathya! Though he replied in almost 'one-liners', I feel happy for he at least noticed my message!

Arun said...

Good work, I dont see your questions as ameteur, very pertinent questions. Its in deed good to get reply form the writer of his repute. I read all his books. Enjoyed Kite Runner though. had the pleasure of working with Grade 11 students where we chose the text Kite Runner as a part of compulsory text to read as a part of curriculum. The discussions with the group with Lit teacher was really a good experience. thanks for sharing your questions and his answers in the blog.

Suhasini Srihari said...

"The Kite Runner" is one of my favourites too. Love his style of narration!

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