'If I get posted to a place, if people engage with me just as an Indian diplomat, I have X amount of leverage.'
'But when they look at me as the high commissioner of India and the author of Slumdog Millionaire, many more people are willing to meet me, more quickly than they would as a pure diplomat.'
He has described himself as a diplomat who writes, and an accidental author.
Vikas Swarup, author of the 2005 novel Q&A, which was adapted into the 2008 global hit film Slumdog Millionaire, is a career diplomat who is now India's high commissioner to Canada, having arrived in Ottawa last year after a high-profile stint as the spokesman of the ministry of external affairs in New Delhi.
Three years after Q&A, he published Six Suspects, and five years later, The Accidental Apprentice. Is it time for his fourth book?
At the annual Toronto International Festival of Authors, where he was a speaker, Vikas Swarup tells Indira Kannan about his writing plans and why most of his books were written during his foreign postings.