Beauty and the geek

You know that stuff they say about left-brain and right-brain people? Well, if you were to categorise a computer programmer and a fiction writer, you’d probably place each of those in opposite hemispheres.

Writer and professional coder Vikram Chandra brings together both vocations in the one body. In his latest book Geek Sublime: Writing fiction, coding software he talks about his two great passions in life and how he’d actually taken up one to support him financially to pursue the other.

Part-memoir, part academic treatise, Geek Sublime discusses the parallels between these two pursuits – there are more than you’d think. He breaks down how code works, sheds light on the history of coding and professional tech wonk culture in India versus the United States, and explores pre-modern Indian linguistic theory. And much more.

I spoke to Vikram ahead of his guest appearances at this year’s Sydney Writers Festival.

Listen now:

Geek Sublime: Writing fiction, coding software is published by Faber and Faber.

Visit Vikram’s website at:

Interview broadcast on ArtSound FM.
Interview air date: 24 May 2014.

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