7 Mind throwing some light on your love for the camera? When did
you pick up the instrument? What are you using these days? If a lower
end/point and shoot model, do you plan to upgrade? Your dream equipment?
I am strictly an amateur. I wouldn't like to offend photography buffs by talking about cameras. I don't think I could handle an LSR, so I stick to point and shoot. I would have to spend a lot more time on photography to make buying the SLR worthwhile. I basically concentrate on getting the framing right when I shoot.
8 Nobel Prize for Literature or the Man Booker? Which and why?
The Nobel? Prize is recognition of lifetime achievement while the Booker is for the book of the year. Also, the Booker is limited to English novels in the Commonwealth nations. That way the scope of the Nobel is wider because it rates a writer for his/her consistency over the years. But that also means a writer gets a Nobel after he is over his peak, while one can win a Booker with a first book, which does wonders for your fame. So a writer's dream should be of winning a Booker with his first book and getting a Nobel with his last :-)
9 A writing man needs his food and drinks right to keep him going. What are your preferences?
All I need is time and the ability to focus on the job at hand. Drinks and a heavy, rich meal just put me to sleep.
10 You're the editor for Grey Oak's upcoming anthology Urban Shots. What's your take on Urban India and does it reflect in the piece you've written for the collection?
I have contributed ten stories to Urban Shots. The theme of the anthology is relationships in urban India. In general, it is the urban India that has benefited and progressed in the new economy. That reflects in the kind of confidence and ambition the people in the cities have, specifically in the younger generation. On the negative side, it also shows up in the frustrations and pressure of modern life. People are more eager to form relationships and but are also under pressure to keep them going. My stories do reflect different aspects of relationships in urban India.
11 Do you think the young generation today, in general, stands
up to a cause, or for that matter, for/against an opinion? Would you
in the future prefer/would be ok with your children standing up against
an authority, or even getting into politics, and why?
I think they stand up for causes that they can identify with. They are pretty clear about what they what want and what they don't. Politics in India is messy. It doesn't have a good reputation. I would be cautious about anyone close to me getting involved in it. At the same time, I know that good people have to get involved to change it. It is a tough choice.
12 A dream that stands to come true?
It was a dream to get my novel published. So that has come true. But of course the mind does not remain satisfied for long. There's always something else to look forward to: get my future books published, get rave reviews, sell a significant number of copies and be more famous... One does not stop dreaming.
Sahil Khan is a lifestyle activist, foodie, music lover and designer. He runs an online magazine, TheTossedSalad.com, and an egg specialty restaurant, Yolkshire. He is also one of the contributing authors of Urban Shots. More on http://sahilk.tumblr.com