Tuesday, March 08, 2005

What’s the Catch, Anurag?

Anurag Mathur was featured this week in the Sunday Asian Age's always-(unintentionally) enjoyable "Bibliofile" Q&A. Here’s a sample of the questions and answers:

Q. Who is your favourite Indian writer?
Ans. Myself.

Q. Which are the most underrated books?
Ans. Three of my own books, apart from The Inscrutable Americans: Making the Minister Smile, Scenes from an Executive Life and Department of Denial.

Q. Which books have changed your life?
Ans. Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 and J D Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.

Q. Which books would you make compulsory reading?
Ans Catch 22 and Catcher in the Rye

And best of all, given the previous two answers:

Q. Which classic do you want to read?
Ans. Catch-22.

The Inscrutable Mr Mathur...


  1. No, I think we have it wrong here. I am sure that this whole Q&A is a direct lift from another interview that Anurag gave another wannabe magazine--I remember the irony when he said that he wanted to be r'bered as JDS or JH.

    So tis' another misplaced cogging incident.

  2. he could have just wanted to read it again, mayhaps?