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Tishani Doshi: I was inspired by parents' romance

24th May 2010

Finding a collection of her parents' love letters inspired poet Tishani Doshi to write her debut novel.

Speaking to the Observer, Doshi explained that she found a series of letters which her Welsh mother wrote to her Gujarati father when the couple were forced into a lengthy separation in the late 1960s.

The author added that she became determined to cover her parents' romance in a book but the effort took her two decades and eventually became a plot of her debut novel The Pleasure Seekers.

Doshi also included more risque characters and themes in the novel as well as the storyline based on her parents, as she wanted to contrast the modern idea of relationships with the 'very pure idea' of love.

'Relationships seem to be more fractured now; we have so much choice. I just wanted to show this rock-solid, lovely, beautiful thing,' the 35-year-old told the newspaper.

In 2006, Doshi won the GBP 5,000 best first collection award in the Forward Prize for Poetry with Countries of the Body.

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