Leena Chandorkar

Part realist-part dreamer, part seeker-part teacher, reluctant gypsy who travels the globe…

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Three things people don’t know about you?

I’d have loved to be a textile designer, polite and well-mannered men (a dying species!) turn me on! I wish I could speak Bengali.

What’s your greatest fear?

Of being a liability on others in my old age…

What is your greatest achievement?

People like what I write!

High point of your life?

Seeing my book in print…

Low point of your life

I generally don’t dwell on it much!

Which living person do you most admire?

All those who live life with passion, who do not deny their emotions…

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Not exactly fictional, but mythological - Krishna

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Can’t think of a villain as a favourite !

Who are your favorite authors?

Shakespeare, W B Yeats, Jhumpa Lahiri

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

The tragedies of Shakespeare, The short stories of Jhumpa Lahiri, The poetry of W B Yeats, Yuganta by Iravati Karve, The Mahabharat

Is there a book you love to reread?

In the Country of Deceit by Shashi Deshpande (I’m still trying to figure it out!)

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Queen, Chak De India, 3 Idiots, Sholay, Jab we Met

One Superpower you wish you had?

To be transported to a place of my desire by just thinking about it! Mind-travel!

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

Died with a smile!

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Pick up any foreign language in two days!

Which book you wish you had written ?

A short story - Kabuliwallah by Rabindranath Tagore

When and where do you write ?

Prefer to write in the time between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. sitting cross-legged on the carpet in the garden room, on my laptop kept on a floor desk.

Silence or music?

Total silence.

One phrase that you use most often?

Whatever happens, happens for the best!

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?


What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

I try to read as many astrological forecasts for the day in as many daily newspapers I can lay my hands on.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Just be true to your own voice!

Leena Chandorkar grew up as a cantonment child and studied in different schools across India. She did her graduation in English Honours from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi and acquired her PhD in English Literature from Pune University. She is the author of the book, ‘Eye Me Myself: A Study of Six Women’s Autobiographies’. She teaches English at Garware College, Pune. 'Bends and Turns' is her first novel.

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