The need for time and space
Marathi Writers' Workshop
For me, creativity is like a raincoat.
When I enter my house I hang the raincoat outside the front door.
I long for the day when that raincoat becomes my skin, but it
hasn't happened yet . . .
The common grievance was of inadequate time and space for creative
writing in their busy, tiring lives as working women, wives and
"For years I have dreamt that a Marathi
woman writer will publish a lengthy, humorous novel, and that that
writer will be me. But I find I often cannot even write a short
story," said Mangala. "All I can write are short, humorous
pieces. I am simply tortured that I cannot write that novel."
She recounted a conversation she overheard between two male writers
talking about their incomplete books. One of them said he was taking
leave in order to finish his book; the other spoke of having rented
a small flat away from home, with his wife sending him his meals
so that he could complete his novel undisturbed. "Where does
a woman writer find the luxury of such time and space?" demanded
Gouri Salvi, Marathi