Mr Rajendason is a Malaysian
writer. We interviewed him through email as we did not have his address.
1) What do you feel about Asian writers on the whole?
2) What do you think of asian
writers as compared to western writers?
I'm no expert, but I believe that
any writer in today's world who sees himself primarily as American or Asian
or European is missing the point of where our planet is heading. If you
are specifically asking about writers in the English language who physically
reside in Asia, then I believe that in terms of depth of ideas, we not
only hold our own against the our Occidental peers but surpass them. However,
when it comes to communicating across a breadth of subjects, we aren't
nearly as versatile. Of course, if your definition of Asian writers extends
to those of Asian ethnic origins who live anywhere, including the West,
I think the greatest distinction in the flavour of content is evident in
those who are first generation transplants. After that, all of us just
merge into the cultures we adopt, and that embrace us, in the process.
3) Do you know of any prominent asian writer?
4) Where do you get your inspiration to write from?
The truth is there is nothing else
I would rather do. Sometimes the inspiration comes from the power of an
idea or the force of an event that shouts out to be explored through the
scalpel-application of considered prose. At other times, the urgent need
for a pay cheque!
5)Do you like writing?
More than not writing. Sorry,
I don't mean to be facetious. It is just that sometimes it isn't a case
of liking writing or not liking it. Do you like breathing? Most of the
time, you don't think about it. It is part of you, it flows from you and
you enjoy life because of this unconscious process.