An Interview with Sagarika Ghose

Sagarika Ghose is one of India’s most noted journalists as well as an author and broadcaster. Her new book is titled Why I Am A Liberal.

Here is an interview with her, that will help you get to know her better!

What was the research process for your new book, Why I Am A Liberal?

Where do I begin? I have been reading widely on this subject for many years, have read close to about 100 books and articles on liberalism, the writings of Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar, Dalit protest literature, Tagore, Rajagopalachari, Minoo Masani, Piloo Mody, Indian liberal writers, western liberal thinkers like John Stuart Mill, Isaiah Berlin, Edmund Burke, John Rawls, have read many magazine and newspaper articles. Have been researching this for close to a decade.


How long did it take for the book to take form?

The book took a year for me to formulate, but I’ve been thinking about it for many years


Tell us about yourself in 50 words

I’m a journalist, writer, mother, love travel, adore new ideas, am incorrigibly resistant to surrendering my freedom, enjoy sending up politicians or anyone puffed up with too much power.  I love good jokes, laughter and evenings filled with friends, family, kids and  dogs. I hungrily devour all kinds of books and love writing them!


What is your favourite time of the day and why?

My favourite time is the early morning when I sit over a cup of steaming hot coffee, reading newspapers, chatting with family or sitting in my garden


If you could only eat one particular food every day, for the rest of your life, what would you pick?

Fried fish!


If you could give your teen-self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Enjoy these years and don’t be in a hurry to grow up!


What book/movie/song/person has had a lasting impact on you, and why?

I loved the books One Hundred Years of Solitude, Americanah, The handmaiden’s Tale. Adore Margaret Atwood, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, movies like Sholay, Ashirwaad, Namak Haram, All The President’s Men, The Graduate. My all time favourite song is Ei Monihaar amay nahi shaaje by Tagore, Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkle, love Suzanne Vega, Neil Diamond, Asha Bhonsle and Kishore Kumar. I feel inspired by Joan baez, Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep, Hillary Clinton, and admire Sarojini Naidu, Aruna Asaf Ali.

Person who has had a lasting impact on me? Even though I never knew her – Indira Gandhi!


The new year is right around the corner, do you have any resolutions/big plans for yourself?

Relax more, have more fun and try and be less stressed about everything going on all around us!


Which is your next travel destination? Who will you go with and which book will you carry?

Would love to go to Iceland to see the northern lights. I’ll probably go with family. I’m dying to read The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce.

Why I Am a Liberal is Sagarika Ghose’s impassioned meditation on why India needs to be liberal.

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