What did you study at Goldsmiths and how did this prepare you for your career?
I studied the MA in Image and Communication (now MA in Photography: The Image & Electronic Arts), a nice hybrid course that had elements of both theory and practice. Goldsmiths is always electric, with so many ideas floating around, and it was easy to catch one and pursue it for a while. I enjoyed the lectures, seminars, peer-to-peer interactions and occasional drinks with the tutors. The whole course had a nice balance of old and very new ways of thinking, which is rarer than you’d think. Having a degree orientates your thinking in a certain way and gives you a kind of quiet self-confidence and access to a vast network of people. Being a Goldsmiths graduate undeniably has a certain cultural cache, but that’s just a cosmetic reason to go to an institution. For me, it was the inner Goldsmiths life that was more important in terms of what I ended up doing.
You've described yourself as a recorder of a rapidly changing India. How so?
Quite simply, I record the current anthropology of an evolving society. I've previously done this through mainstream graphic novels but I'm slowly drifting further and further into alternative comics.
Where do you work?
Everywhere, from bars and cafes to the many cemeteries near where I live in Berlin. Sometimes I take the Ringbahn, the overhead train, and go round and round the city, which gives me a sense of exercise.
Besides graphic novels, what else are you working on at the moment?
I write a half a page column for The Hindu, which is an Indian newspaper, and I also teach at the Summer Academy in Salzburg. I'm becoming increasingly interested in the subject of marginalia and the art of annotation.