01.24.12

Does Conflict Help the Plot?

Mohammad Hanif, author of the critically acclaimed satire, 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes,' talks to The Daily Beast from the Jaipur Literary Festival in India. Here, he expresses his disappointment on the controversy leading to Salman Rushdie's absence from Asia's largest lit fest, talks of his own journey as a young Pakistani writer, and says he believes that a state of conflict does not necessarily provide any creative inspiration for writers.