Quick Take

Quick Take

Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, the author of Faraway Music, Sita's Curse, You've Got The Wrong Girl and Status Single, was a journalist and media strategist before becoming a full-time author. Being born and brought up in Kolkata, she is a post-graduate in History from Jadavpur University. She has now made Delhi her home. Excerpts from an interview:

Who is your perfect reader?

Someone sensitive and diverse in their reading habits, and consumes not just populist literature, but is tuned into world writing, with a special penchant for feminist literature.

Your favourite in fiction and non-fiction?

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (fiction); The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities by Dossie Easton, Catherine A Liszt (non-fiction).

Your all-time favourite read?

Joy Goswami's poetry.

Your relaxing routine...

Travelling, cooking, reading, and shopping for silver.

If granted three wishes, what would they be?

My books to be bestsellers. My family to be safe and healthy. No poverty/violence in the world.

What are you most proud of writing?

Status Single, India's first non-fiction book on 74 million single women, my latest release.

Best advice you've been given?

Don't give anyone credit for your success and honesty.

Erotica as a genre?

Not explored fully, or in its full depth. Sex writing and erotica is not the same thing.

Your idea of sex & love?

Both equally important in a relationship, and for me, never mutually exclusive. Sex is an expression of love to me.

Marriage means...

Friendship. Passion. Conversations. Family. Responsibility. Dignity.

The idea behind Status Single?

The book germinated from my own experiences of being single in this country. I didn't want the book to be autobiographical/motivational, but a hard-hitting, tell-all book on the reality of remaining single in a country where the highest validation is marriage and motherhood.

What would you like the reader to take away from the book?

The truth about what urban, middle-class, professional single women suffer and go through, and this includes 74 million women who are unmarried, divorced, separated, widowed, LGBTQ or disabled.

What best describes you?

Storyteller. Silver hoarder. Compassionate. Buddhist. Witty.

Your most marked characteristic?

My big bindis, saris, backless blouses, my intensity and passion towards causes I fight for.

If your life was a book, what would the title be?

Status Single.

Your most cherished dream...

Wanting to build 'status single' into a movement. And perhaps design an app someday that fosters the idea of a community and that lends all sorts of support to a single woman in this country - legal, police, employment opportunities, relationship counselling, old-age help, medical advice and banking and financial services.

Your life in two words...

Rollercoaster. Uncertain.

Any regrets?

My maternal grandmother, who I idolised, passed away when I was only 17. I wish she was here, reading me, loving me. Just the touch of her wrinkled hands would be enough, actually.

Your present state of mind?

Super-stressed with the five-city book tour!

The quality you most like in people?

Integrity. Compassion. Self-respect.

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