Saturday January 25, 2020

Twinkle Khanna: A Writer Needs an Inflated Sense of Self-worth While Writing

Late Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia's elder daughter Twinkle is married actor Akshay Kumar, They have a son, Aarav and a daughter, Nitara

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Twinkle Khanna, Wikimedia Commons

Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna feels a writer needs an inflated sense of self-worth while writing.

“I strongly believe in the power of being the moron. I wrote about it last week. People who think about their stupidity are often the most intelligent because it is only the truly dumb who are convinced of their smartness. The ones who are secretly wondering if they are idiots are the ones who know that there is so much to know that they clearly don’t know enough. If you have understood this sentence and if you are clearly a moron like me, you are a prime example of an oxymoron,” declared Twinkle, while interacting with the media at Crossword Book Awards 2020.

She was accompanied by lifestyle coach and motivational speaker Gaur Gopal Das and philanthropist Sudha Murty at the event.

At the event, Twinkle received the Crossword Book Award (Popular) for Fiction for the book ‘Pyjamas Are Forgiving’.

Twinkle Khanna
Important for women to become financially independent: Twinkle Khanna. Flickr

Sharing her thoughts on winning the award, Twinkle said: “I am thankful to Crossword for this award. I may not deserve it but I didn’t deserve a name like Twinkle either (laughs). It’s not that the names I have come up with since then have been any better — like Mrs Funnybones and even Baba Twink Dev. Now I have to coin yet another monicker, if for nothing else then to say that I am following the path of Susan Swanton who said that ‘a writer has to be four people — a nut, a moron, a stylist and a critic’. Now nut comes easy to me. It’s the path that dreams up all these ideas and then puts this unfiltered nonsense and regurgitates it on to paper which masquerades as my first draft.”

Twinkle said a writer needs to have an inflated sense of self-worth while writing. “(Being a) Stylist is, I guess, the difference between using a word like regurgitate instead of vomit. (On being a) critic, this is the most important part because a writer needs to have an inflated sense of self-worth while they are writing, to feel that what they are saying is worthy of someone else’s attention. Then they have to have the ability to put their ego aside, look at that work objectively and, yes, listen to the editors, take their suggestion, and incorporate them, because I think that is the most important (thing) a writer needs to do,” she said.

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“Pyjamas Are Forgiving” is a 2018 Indian fiction novel published by Juggernaut Books. The story is narrated by Anshu, a middle-aged woman who is suffering from sleep disorder.

Late Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia’s elder daughter Twinkle is married actor Akshay Kumar, They have a son, Aarav and a daughter, Nitara. (IANS)

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“I feel that I still have to do a lot of work,” Says Veteran Writer-Lyricist Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar attended a photo exhibition organised on the occasion of his 75th birthday on Wednesday in Mumbai

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Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar says he still has to do a lot of work. Wikimedia Commons

Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar beams with energy at the age of 75 and says he still has to do a lot of work.

“A lot of people have achieved so much more than me. I feel I have earned love of friends. I feel that I still have to do a lot of work. I can do a lot of things. I can write much more poetry, lyrics and scripts. I can associate myself with causes in which I believe in. I can speak my mind at different panel discussions, so that I can bring in change in people’s mindset,” said Akhar, at a photo exhibition organised on the occasion of his 75th birthday on Wednesday in Mumbai.

Javed Akhtar
“A lot of people have achieved so much more than me,” says Javed Akhtar. Wikimedia Commons

Akhtar, who has been active in the film industry for nearly five decades now, said: “Every human being goes through good and bad, happy and sad times in his life. I feel people have to look at their grand total, and if you keep cribbing about your past then there is no use. If your grand total is correct and if you are happy with it, then you will feel happy.”

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Asked Akhtar what his kids had gifted him on his birthday, he said: “He (Farhan) has gifted me a really nice brown watch, so whenever I wear a brown kurta then I wear that watch. Zoya also gifts me things whenever she returns from her international trips but I feel she is the biggest gift of mine. What else I can ask for?”

Celebrities including Zoya Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Farhan Akhtar, Shibani Dandekar, Sudhir Mishra, Divya Dutta, and Riteish Deshmukh attended the photo-exhibition. (IANS)