Interview: The Times of India

The Times of India in Kolkata asked me about writing and The President is Coming:

What changes have you made while adapting the movie? 
The biggest thing was trying to find the voice of the narrative. Whose story is it? In a film that is structured like a mock documentary, the format is pretty clear. But in a novel, there has to be someone telling us the story. There has to be a perspective. The novel version uses various perspectives, as if scraps of information were found and collected, like one would to do for non-fiction, to tell the story. Often I use first person dialogue but of various people associated with the handshake with Bush, a CIA operative, a Taj housekeeping person, a consular assistant apart from that of all the central characters. 

Read the whole interview here.


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