“… in practice the standard for what constitutes rape is set not at the level of women’s experience of violation but just above the level of coercion acceptable to men.”
― Judith Lewis Herman
The level at which patriarchy, misogyny and sexism exists in this world, would be shocking to many. Especially shocking is the fact that even those men (and even women) who are well-respected in the society and considered to be urban/progressive, are misogynistic underneath all that pretense.
One such shock came to me after the reading of Hate in the time of COVID by Sharath C George. This is a short story book that touches upon urban patriarchy.
It was an intense read that left me thinking for a long time. In fact, I was so moved and impressed by the book, that I even listed in the my Best Reads of 2021.
When I read about the author, I was even more impressed by the creator of the book than I was with the creation itself. Sharath C George does a full-time job as a Market Researcher and has multiple other creative interests like podcasting and photography. After knowing about him, I just knew I had to have a one-on-one chat with him. So, when I reached out to him and he agreed to be a part of the #AuthorCollaborative, my joy knew no bounds.
This afternoon, we chatted with each other for almost an hour, over an Instagram live session.
He, of course, read one of my books too before joining for the live today. Here’s what he had to say about my latest Under the Mistletoe & Other Stories
In the session today, I wanted to explore and understand how different creative pursuits help with the process of writing and creating. Hence, my questions to Sharath were around this topic.
Being a first time author, Sharath wanted to understand my writing process better. Hence, his questions to me were more around that area.
The answers to these questions made our chat quite informative and intense. It was a learning experience for both of us. Before ending the session, we wanted to do something light and fun. Hence, we sought help of the rapid fire round.
Sharath’s answers were fun for sure. But mine were no less. Majorly because Sharath’s questions in this round were quite interesting.
All in all, it was a good one hour where a lot of knowledge was shared and gained. And there was some fun and laughter too.
You can have a look/see at our full conversation in the video shared below:
Books discussed in the session:
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