Manisha Kulshreshtha

22nd September 2019

I create characters, then they guide me

A writer may create the characters of his story, but somwhere along the way they take their own identity and guide the author towards the conclusion. Hindi novelist and poet Manisha Kulshreshtha was speaking to the audience in London at the Kalam session. Kalam, which is a flagship boutique literary event of the Prabha Khaitan Foundation, lends platform to writers in local languages, including Hindi. As a part of promoting literature in vernacular languages, the organisation brought in fellow writer and blogger Shikha Varshney to converse with Manisha in London. The effect was magical as the spontaneity of the two Hindi writers brushed off on the audience at the event. Sharing her experiences on writing, Manisha said she finds her characters, which then take over. “My characters guide me to the conclusion of the story,” she said. The author of several short stories said research is primary to her writing. “I spend a lot of time in researching on my stories and believe in getting to the root of my subjects so they apprear in flesh and blood,” she said. She took the opportunity to recite several of her poems, including the one of Queen Cleopatra, which was appreciated by the audience. Manisha said it is an incredible feeling to find such an audience for Hindi in London and interact with them.