Author’s Corner: With Priyamvada Purushotham

Posted: November 19, 2012

Interview with Priyamvada Purushotham, author of The Purple Line.

Priyamvada Purushotham’s debut novel The Purple Line is a bold exploration of womanhood. The story revolves around a gynaecologist, who finds a deeper meaning in her own life through the intertwined lives and loves of six of her patients.

If you had not become a writer, what would you have been?




A dancer. Or a scientist. 

What is the best thing about being a published author?

That people are reading your work.

What is the hardest thing about writing The Purple Line?

Finding the time. I used to teach French at the Alliance Francaise at the time. I used to do theatre. I used to teach theatre. And then I had my little girl. I was constantly juggling, finding bits and pieces of time here and there. I would think about the characters while driving, while showering, while going to bed. Thankfully now, I’m writing fulltime.

If you were a man, would there be anything different about The Purple Line?

Then there wouldn’t have been The Purple Line.

Who was the first to read The Purple Line? What was their first reaction?

My agent at the time, my publisher. They loved the language. They thought it was refreshingly new.

One book you would love to have written?

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

Future literary plans?

I was working on a collection of short stories and then one story just jumped out and cried for more. So now I’m working on a novel.

*Photo credit: Priyamvada Purushotham.

Previous Interviews in Author’s Corner:

Monisha Rajesh of Around India In 80 Trains

Sudha Shah of The King In Exile

Ayesha Salman of Blue Dust

Shefalee Vasudev of Powder Room

Tuhina Varshney of I’m Not Afraid Of GDPI

Yashodhara Lal of Just Married, Please Excuse

Rashmi Bansal of Poor Little Rich Slum

Meghna Pant of One & A Half Wife

Eowyn Ivey of The Snow Child

Shakti Salgaokar of Imperfect Mr.Right

Himani Vashishta of Princess of Falcons

Lata Gwalani of Incognito

Nina Godiwalla of Suits

Urvashi Gulia of My Way Is The Highway

Kiran Manral of The Reluctant Detective

Ameera Al Hakawati of Desperate In Dubai

Judy Balan of Two Fates

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