One of my greatest highlights at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival was listening to French Moroccan writer, Leila Slimani. I was completely fascinated by her demeanour, stance and gorgeous hair. Above all, Slimani spoke truths that made me feel less alone in a fiesta. Here are some things she said: "As a woman, you have to fight for your room." "I wanted to be like those men. I wanted to be paid for reading, dreaming and thinking." "The aim of literature is empathy. To be able to tell the story of monsters - even monsters have stories." "It is an objective fact that women are victims. But I do not think "victim" is an identity. It is a fact but it is not our nature to be a victim." "You never really know someone. You only see them with your eyes." - on why we must write movement into a story line. "Intimacy makes us blind.
The more you live with someone - the less you know about them." "Loneliness is our condition. Nothing can make us stop being lonely." "What you don't write is as important as what you do write." "A situation can be ambiguous but the writing must be clear." "Despair has no nationality." #ZEEJLF #LeilaSlimani