Dina on writing:
I think Aneeta, for many writers in Malaysia, and for a lot of people for the matter, we have to put on many hats. I’d love to just write and be done with it, but let’s be realistic. We don’t have that kind of literary support here. So instead of bitching about it, we work in order to sustain our art. Sheesh. That sounds pretentious. How about, our creation?Dina Zaman had columns in the New Strait Times and Malaysiakini. She also has a blog, Gong Kapas Times.
I see all this work I do as material for my writing, fiction and non-fiction. I hope one day all the money I make will tide me by and allow me to write fulltime.
Aneeta Sundararaj is the author of "Banana Leaf Men" and is one of the writers for the recently published short-story compilation, "Snapshots!"