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  • What’s the hardest part about narrating a mythological tale?
  • How do you plan the research process for your books?
  • Your first book was published in 1997. What sort of challenges you faced in the writing and publishing process?
  • There are many readers who look up to Devdutt Pattanaik and the work you do. Do you have any role models of your own?
  • Is there anything that you, Devdutt Pattanaik, the writer, wishes, you had learnt early on in your writing career?
  • Count of your published books has now touched 40! What drives such prodigious writing?
  • Have your writings brought about any change in LGBTQ as well as heteronormative communities?
  • What’s your view of the culture of plurality that India has always taken so much pride in, but which is under threat now?
  • After books, columns, TV shows, and public lectures, what’s next for you?
  • What’s your idea of utopia?
  • Being a MBBS and working for 14 years, what lead to your interest in Indian Mythology and then start writing full time?
  • How do you handle trolls and fans?
  • Have you faced any challenges from the extremists groups based on the topics you have written about?
  • What is your long term objective with your writing?
  • How important are facts in mythology?
  • Why do we not connect with Indian mythology?
  • What is the relevance of mythology in shaping the societies of the world today or in the future?
  • Wilderness has been a big part of storytelling in India. Why do you think that is?
  • The forests have a deep connection with women in mythology, often empowering them and providing them shelter and necessities in times of distress. How do you think this connection was forged?
  • Did the current context of concerns over climate change and deforestation influence you in developing Aranyaka in any way?
  • Why do you think the narrative about wilderness has changed from dangerous yet enchanting, sustaining and loving, to altogether hostile?
  • You have touched on themes like gender politics, our limited understanding of hierarchy in nature and self-centered attitude of humans in this book. Why do you think these themes set in Vedic times will resonate with the readers of today? And did you have to resort to censorship of any sort, due to the setting?
  • Every book an author works on leaves them with personal insights. What have been your major takeaways on a personal level, from Aranyaka?
  • People today are glued to their smartphones. How can mythology be made interesting enough to inculcate that feeling of curiosity regarding Indian myths?
  • How can understanding Indian mythology help people connect better with themselves and the outside world?
  • How can the worldview advocated by Indian mythology be used to progress in business or career?
  • How and when did you decide to start publishing books on mythology?

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