8 Questions with Balli Kaur Jaswal

Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of Inheritance, SugarbreadErotic Stories for Punjabi WidowsThe Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sistershttps://www.ballijaswal.com/

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Which talent would you most like to have?

Dancing. I am very uncoordinated.


What is your most treasured possession?

I have a Turkish kilim (rug) that I bought in Istanbul which depicts springtime tulips along the Bosphorus River. It represents one of my fondest memories of living in that beautiful city.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

An uninterrupted afternoon to stay absorbed in a really good book.


What is your motto?

"Nothing's going to change my world." I have it printed on a bracelet that I wear when I'm feeling particularly anxious, and it calms me immediately to think of all the things and people that I can count on to keep my world spinning.


How would you like to die?

In my sleep, when I'm ready.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

A teacup.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Forgiveness. I say, hold that grudge. Maybe turn it into art, maybe not, but don't feel like it's your responsibility to absolve others just because it brings a tidy resolution to things. Feelings are messy.


What is your current state of mind?

Strangely calm.