A. Mostly writing and teaching. To make money for college, I worked in our college dining room.
A. Apart from writing, my favorite job was in the dining room: cutting up jello
A. Pandit Jasraj, an Indian classical singer
A. Lord of the Rings
A. Writer, mother, teacher, reader, chocolate-lover, & sporadic cook.
A. Ancora Imparo--Still I am Learning (from Michelangelo)
A. Peace of mind. And lots of dark chocolate that doesn't make you gain weight.
A. That one day I'll get to my computer, and I won't be able to write anymore
A. Right here
A. The Rani of Jhansi, an Indian freedom fighter
A. The Dalai Lama
A. Amazing (I happen to find a lot of things amazing--maybe that's why my blog is titled Amazing Things))
A. Nothing. Regret is a useless emotion
A. Time travel--I could get a lot of fun novels out of that one.
A. My 2 sons (works in progress)
A. I'm too careful with money--comes out of being poor for several years while growing up
A. I appreciate all my blessings
A. I like being myself. Maybe just slimmer, with a few less wrinkles.
A. I like Elizabeth in Pride & Prejudice. She has intelligence & spirit.
A. Gandhi. I would say, Thanks for those great quotes like Be the change you want to see. They've brought me tons of likes on Facebook. (No, seriously, I'd say, I've learned so much from your determination & courage).
A. I hate it when people throw away food--I've seen too many hungry people
A. Bollywood dancing
A. This one, just with more bestsellers & awards and fans clamoring for me to autograph their bodies.
A. Integrity, hard work, calmness
A. Imagine, Let It Be, Hotel California, any bhajans (spiritual songs) by M.S. Subbulakshmi, sacred Sanskrit chants
A. Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore, J.R.R. Tolkien, Anita Desai, Maya Angelou
A. Anna Karenina, Nastaneer or The Broken Nest, The Lord of the Rings, Clear Light of Day and I know Why the Caged Bird Sings
A. All the books listed above, plus Kafka's short story The Metamorphosis.
A. Read widely, write regularly, revise often.
A. I love your books because I can relate to the characters.