‘Cut is my answer to fellow intellectuals being branded urban naxals’

Sreemoyee Piu Kundu has worn many hats in her 40 plus years. She has been a lifestyle editor, PR vice president, and then taken a leap of faith to turn a full-time writer. It started off with ‘Faraway Music’, then came ‘Sita’s Curse’ and ‘You’ve Got The Wrong Girl!’ In between, Piu became a columnist on sexuality and gender and bagged the NDTV L’oreal Women of Worth Award in the ‘Literature’ category.

In ‘Status Single’, which attained cult status almost immediately after it released, Piu interviewed 3,000 urban women within a year, and showed us the mirror on what it is like being over 30 and unattached in India. In her new book, ‘Cut: The Death and Life of a Theatre Activist’, Piu meanders into an unchartered terrain, looking at the life and times of a theatre activist whose critical gaze made powers that be rather uncomfortable.

We spoke to the author on ‘Cut’ and more: