Every writer has a process – the things they like writing about, their favourite time of day for writing, their favourite writing spot. In this interview with the Bengaluru Review, Andaleeb Wajid tells us a little bit about what makes her writer brain tick.
Jumping from writers to readers, dip into Payal Dhar’s insightful piece in Open Magazine. She reflects on how Enid Blyton has shaped her writing and her sense of who she is. From gender to race and class, Dhar unpacks the messages embedded in Blyton’s work and gets us thinking about why we keep going back for more.
Most books for children carry messages of some kind or the other. In this article for The Hindu, Akila Kannadasan takes a look at stories that are trying to address issues of disability, touching upon the much-debated question of whether books can really teach our children compassion and sensitivity.
We sign off with author Subhadra Sen Gupta’s excellent piece from 2017 that strikes a similar note. Writing of emails she has received from fans in recent years, she discusses the impact that hate and prejudice appear to have had on young readers and their ability to read history. In today’s violent and xenophobic world, how indeed can we bring children to question and understand, rather than hate?