The Wire


In Purushottam Agrawal’s Debut Novel, a Disturbingly Familiar Dystopia

“My novel is dark because I wrote it in a state of bechaini [anxiety]. In truth, I would like to think of myself as in a state of neither extreme pessimism nor optimism.”

So said writer-academic Purushottam Agrawal, responding to filmmaker Govind Nihalani, during the spirited conversation that took place between them at the India International Centre on March 9, about writing, freedom, and technology.