Non-fiction: a fiction writer’s gift
Award-winning novelist and essayist Githa Hariharan speaks about her new book of essays, 'Almost Home', and how it draws on her fiction
The first time I meet Githa Hariharan, she has just come off a rousing reception to her reading of excerpts from her new book, Almost Home: Cities & Other Places. Hariharan, 61, presents a formidable figure at the podium in the mid-sized events room at British Council, Bengaluru, her sharp eyes noting every embarrassed latecomer and the extra chairs in the corridor, where they can only hear her disembodied voice. But the dry sense of humour cuts through like a knife, especially when she references Bengaluru, heads nodding as she reads aloud about the MTR booklet (“Please remember: Cleanliness is next to Godliness") and inventive names for housing complexes.