Vineetha Mokkil: An Interview
Vineetha Mokkil’s fiction is a perpetual search, raising provocative questions and gently urging readers to ponder over the answers. It reflects her deep interest in history and politics as well as her acute and often startling insights into human behaviour. Larger socio-political concerns and a rich tapestry of emotions blend into her work seamlessly. Both are handled with a deft touch and quiet humour. Mokkil uses language with a surgeon’s precision. Starkly beautiful, her sentences cut to the bone and capture the raw ache of human experience with acute sensitivity. A collection of her short stories, A Happy Place and Other Stories (HarperCollins) was published in April 2014. Her fiction has appeared in the ‘The Santa Fe Writers Project Journal’, ‘The Missing Slate’, ‘Cha: an Asian Literary Journal’, ‘Sugar Mule Review’ and in the anthology Why We Don't Talk (Rupa and Co). Mokkil is busy finishing work on a novel, which interweaves two narrative strands set in different times frames: one in 1950s Tibet, and the other in contemporary Delhi.
Narrative voice, Short stories, Vineetha Mokkil