My own first book has inspired me the most (Woman and Empire: Representations in the Writings of British India, 1858-1900, Orient Blackswan, 2002.) It was researched at a time when no one had written on this area.
What did you enjoy the most about writing your book?
The thought that it would reach a wider audience.
What did you find hardest about writing your book?
The hardest part was having to write this book without getting any leave from work. I had to simultaneously discharge my administrative duties as the Head of the English Department at college.
Is this your first published book, or have you had others published?
This is my third book. I am an established academic in India with two widely appreciated books which are standard reference books today.
How did you feel when you saw your first published book?
Why did you choose to publish with MUP?
I chose to publish with MUP because I wanted to publish with a respected international publisher and reach a wider international audience. Also, I have always had high regard for the liberal ideology that MUP and especially The Studies in Imperialism Series represents.
Did you approach writing this book differently to any of your previous work?
No. This book was equally rigorously researched as my previous books.
Have you had time to think about your next research project yet? What are you working on now?
Yes. My next book is almost ready. I am giving the MS the final finishing touches. It is on a different area and is being published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
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