Meenakshi Bharat, Professor of Literature at the Sri Venkateswara College in the University of New Delhi, organised that I’d speak to a hall of Literature students. It was wonderful. The students were very interested in what and why I write. They are studying Australian Literature. Their questions and interest were very thoughtful and they were keen to read my books. I left a set in their library. Unfortunately, HarperCollins Australia don’t distribute to India.
The University of Delhi is filled with students in both Western and traditional Indian dress. It’s a modern university. It was hospitable when the principal invited us to have morning tea with her in her sitting room. There is a great professional search for meaning in India, as well as the serious social issues that confront the country.
Sujata Rao, a Commonwealth short story prize winner and writer; and Sharon Rundle an academic, writer were at the lecture too. They are both involved in the anthology, ‘Fear Factor: Terror Incognito, published by Picador India. Of course, Meenakshi and I are also involved with ‘Fear Factor: Terror Incognito.’ Meenakshi is both a contributor and the co-editor.