In 2009, novelist and mathematics professor Manil Suri opened this edition of HoCoPoLitSo’s The Writing Life with a sensual reading from the beginning of The Age of Shiva, in which the heroine, Meera, addresses her breast-feeding baby. University of Maryland College Park professor and Asian literature specialist Sangeeta Ray asks Suri how he came to find such an “intimate” voice for his main character, a woman reaching adulthood as India grows into independence. “It was an intense journey,” Suri admits. Suri’s Shiva is the second in a triptych of books based on Indian religious mythology, following his acclaimed debut, The Death of Vishnu. Suri’s third novel, The City of Devi, came out in January 2013. The two writers speak about the role of motherhood in India and his work, patriarchal society in the subcontinent, and the complementary difference between working mathematical equations and writing fiction.
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