From the state of journalism in India to the importance of research in writing – Kota Neelima stirs up a quick conversation with us. And if you still haven’t picked up her latest book The Honest Season, you’re clearly missing all the action in Parliament this season.
On the state of journalism in India
Journalism today has lost its purpose because as a country, we have lost our direction. Journalism can facilitate a revolution, but a country must first dream of change, and be restless for it.
About The Honest Season
I ask in my book The Honest Season, why should our seats of democratic power operate behind gates closed to the common people. The government cannot decide people’s fate without their knowledge, acceptance or even access.
Let’s not be fooled anymore, we don’t live in a democracy.
I know the characters and I am sure even the readers would know some of the characters of my book, The Honest Season. If you want hints, just watch television news about politicians and corruption cases for two days.
Tips and importance of research in writing
Research-based writing is absolutely necessary in our popular literature. Fact is not always the truth, and research should help us discover the difference.
Write as if there is no tomorrow. An author is a moment in time and in thought. Write who you are today. Tomorrow you are a different moment, a different author.
On her next book
Something that unsettles our settled notions of freedom.
All my books are special to me in their own way. My books are disturbing to read and difficult to write, but they question who we are as a people and a nation.
About the Author:
Kota Neelima, a Political Author in India, has been a journalist for 20 years and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is former Political Editor, The Sunday Guardian and writes on politics, democratic reforms and issues concerning rural poor in India. She is Senior Research Fellow, South Asia Studies at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.
Neelima has written three books of fiction based on her exploration of Indian politics, her experience as a journalist as well as a researcher.Her last book ‘Shoes of the Dead,’ was immensely popular and acclaimed. She’s an impressionist-abstract painter as well, with solo exhibitions to her forte.