It’s been a while. I think it was after we had done some field work. That’s when he turned up, looking for the hedgehog that he had hoped would be the first and only wildlife encounter of my summer. “I have a weakness for animal – shaped cereal and do you mind if I eat my breakfast in your garden, my love?” he asked me after a hard morning of plant identification. What followed was a series of photographs of an edible plant and two field notes about various indigestible insects. We sat quietly for a while,

Favorite parts: “I have a weakness for animal – shaped cereal” and “indigestible insects”.

Why are Sundays so depressing? There’s no hope for me. At this rate, I’ll never be done with this book. I had an idea the other day for a story, and then I started plotting and realised that that particular idea was a year old and I still didn’t know what it was, what it meant, where it was going, who was in it. Not so good, no? At least I got a few plot lines down. Also I felt miserable today for no particular reason. I realised, after my mission in 1997, that Sundays were the worst days of the week for me. So long

Seems like the train of thoughts of an anxious novelist. I like the “mission in 1997” part. Could be the start of a short story or something.

Do you think there is life on Mars? If so, have they found any evidence? Email your thoughts to AskAlaskan@wamc.org.

Do you think there is life on Mars? I don’t know. I have not gone there. I don’t know about life. I only think it is a very harsh environment. With the arrival of Narendra Modi in 2014, you were made a cabinet minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet. A lot of good things have happened in the country. I have come to understand that we were in wrong direction. Things will be different now. We will give good governance. Your ally Shiv Sena was a critic of Modi in 2014 election. Did you think he would come back to power in 2019?

I continued the question form and couldn’t decide which output was better. Love how the first one was short but funny enough. The second one had a very interesting development and suddenly went political unexpectedly.