Christopher Kloeble, noted German author and screenplay writer takes inspiration from even the most mundane objects, people, or even a sentence he reads in a book. In a tete-a-tete with Postnoon, he reveals his passion for writing, and how building words into sentences balances him mentally.
“When I was in the US to participate in a writing program, I met an Indian journalist who invited me to come to India — that is what brought me here,” he explains his visit to the country.
He shares his tryst with writing and tells, “My father Til Erwig was an actor and a screenwriter himself. So he was open to me becoming a writer, and chart my own course of life.”
Christopher believes that he is lucky being German because of the space that one gives to professions like writing, as compared to many others. “In Germany, the government supports you, and that makes it easier for one to decide to become a writer one fine morning, and five years later, to do something else,” he says.
Interestingly, Christopher does not like to plan his stories. He says, “Each day is a new day, and I like to see what comes the next day. I like to study the psychology of people and how they react to different situations.”Christopher has also forayed into screenplay writing with the film Inclusion and contributes to the German newspapers Die Zeit and Tageszeitung.
This winner of numerous laurels and awards shares his experiences on his first visit to Hyderabad. “I went to a show yesterday where two individuals were competing with each other in dance. It was interesting to me, as in the country I come from, people are more tense — they are conscious of who might be looking at them.
And here, I sensed people having a lighter approach towards life. I have also visited the Charminar and seen people from different religions there. Now, I get a better idea of the problems in bringing people together when I see the sheer magnitude of the numbers.
However, after coming here from New Delhi, I see that the city is less polluted and much warmer than the Capital.” The author of Among Loners, If someone knocks, and ‘The eternal three’, is all set to launch his new book Almost Everything Very Fast in March this year, at the Leipzig Book Fair in Germany.