Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I did not make chapatis for a living,

I made them to live with the Mountain. I did not get paid for making chapatis. I got food and roof. It was a hippie thing, it was not a survival strategy. Please read the novel, A Grasshopper's Pilgrimage, to get it.

I am so happy that finally I have a controversy to rant about.

This article appeared in Hindustan Times Cafe, April 23rd, a few days after the mumbai launch. Click on image to read.


Banno said...

Food, roof and living with the Mountain counts as a living, no??

Smita said...

lol@ a controversy to rant about :D

I was so so excited to see this interview :-)

Grasshopper said...


Yes, all we need is food and roof to live, but is that living?

There is subtle difference in 'doing something for a living' and 'doing it to be able to live somewhere specific.'

The latter is a passion, former is a survival. We don't need passion to survive. etc etc.


I got hold of this interview thanks to you. I was already in Banglore by the time it appeared, and even if I was in mumbai, a newspaper is the last thing I notice.

Smita said...

You want a hard copy? I have it with me :-)

Grasshopper said...


How very sweet of you. Wait, I will mail you my address.

David Raphael Israel said...

Really enjoyed reading this article, Manju! -- gave me a fuller outline of your trajectory than I'd known.