But your writing has a certain vivid characteristic, you try to draw images with words. Do you think this aspect draws from your radio experience, from the need to make the reader see in order to relate to the story, the sound and texture?
Well, I would say one thing. The one medium which I absolutely love is radio. If I were told I can either write books or do radio or do television, I would say I’ll do radio every time. And when I was in the BBC, I always used to concentrate, wherever possible, on doing radio.
I love doing the writing for radio as well, because (a) it’s not too long (Laughs) and (b) we say in radio, that pictures are best on radio, and that is because we believe that we have to draw better pictures than anyone else – not entirely through writing, there’s sound as well, and of course there are people speaking, but the whole composite package does include writing.
And I go around this country speaking to journalist students, like you were once, and when I talk about radio, they say “But radio’s dead, isn’t it?” and I say, “Radio is not dead. Radio may be dormant, but it will rise again.”
Interestingly, over the last few weeks, because I’ve not been able to do much reading for various reasons, I’ve been doing much more listening now. And I said to Gilly only yesterday, “More goes into it when you hear a novel as a radio drama than when you read the novel.” I’ve just been listening to some of John le Carre’s Smiley stories, and it’s wonderful the way they go into your head by listening to them as radio dramas. So I am passionate about radio. Image: Two men listen to radio news on the Ayodhya title suit verdict in Mathura on Thursday, September 30, 2010.
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The author is a writer based in Chennai. She blogs at http://disbursedmeditations.blogspot.com
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