Residencies give uninterrupted time to focus on one’s writing and I make the most of such opportunities. While at the UBC, I wrote the first draft of my novel Amrita (Rupa & Co., 2004). During three weeks at the Chateau de Lavigny in Switzerland I translated some poems and finalised the manuscript of Selected Poems of Subramania Bharati. While at Sangam House on the outskirts of Bangalore last January, I began translating Bharati’s Panchali Sabadham and completed it during a residency at the British Centre of Literary Translation, University of East Anglia, Norwich in March and April 2011. This epic poem titled Panchali’s Pledge is to be released later this year.