To writer Pankaj Mishra, a hotel seemed like one of the best places to get some writing done: "the lack of superfluous possessions, the sparse furniture, the do-not-disturb sign on the door and the telephone offering swift, uncomplicated access to food and drink could only make for gratifyingly sustained creativity." Of course, the reality isn't usually quite that elegant, and the writing business being what it is, few authors can afford a pay for a five-star in Paris or London. But lots of places in Asia still fit the bill. Mishra, for instance, was writing from Pondichery, India, where "a sea-facing air-conditioned suite costs less than £12, and the restaurant downstairs offers full meals for 75p." Run by an ashram, the place sounds like it has its quirks, but then so do most writers.
· Suite dreams [Guardian]
· India, the Easy Way [London Times]