An Interview with Minal Hajratwala

Here’s a really fun interview I did with Minal Hajratwala at the very start of the Portolan Project — we talk about attending Clarion, about South Asian SF/F, and much, much more. At this stage, I wasn’t set up for video yet, so it’s just audio, which you can listen to or read!

“South Asian work in particular, it’s interesting because I feel like…a modern South Asian science fiction sensibility, if there is one, is still forming. And of course we’ve talked about this, how diverse South Asia is, so many different strands. So whether you can even say there is “a South Asian sensibility” is disputable. But at the same time, I do think that South Asian countries have this deep wellspring of myth…and religion, which is nothing if not speculative. To me, that’s the definition. We don’t know things; therefore, we will speculate about how reality is constructed. And so drawing from that is this really fertile ground that I think people are still just beginning to tap into.”

Minal Hajratwala

“South Asian work in particular, it’s interesting because I feel like…a modern South Asian science fiction sensibility, if there is one, is still forming. And of course, I mean, we’ve talked about this, how diverse South Asia is, so many different strands. So whether you can even say there is “a South Asian sensibility” is disputable.

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