Today, 15th August, India celebrates 68 years of independence. To what extent does the country or city in which one lives, influence one’s writing?
Much of my writing is specifically about India–India’s history, India’s religions and beliefs–but even when writing world history, India’s influence is there, though subtle and indirect. It is there in my focus on other nations gaining independence after colonial rule, countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and elsewhere. It is there in my attempt to understand how the original inhabitants of the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean islands and some other places, lost their way of life, and almost ceased to exist. And in some way it pervades my understanding of wars, of the world economy, of society and so much else.
It is not just one’s country, but one’s family and education, one’s reading, research, study, ideas and thoughts, that create the backdrop against which one writes.
What do other writers think? What are your influences? Are you aware of them?