New Delhi: Diplomat and writer Pavan K Varma, the author of 16 books, is campaigning for literature in the mother tongue. And his debut fiction, set in India and Bhutan, also offers a dialogue between Hinduism and Buddhism.
"Any writing becomes bad if it is derivative - and not rooted in culture," Varma, the Indian ambassador to Bhutan, told IANS in an interview.
"Ideally, people should write in their own mother tongue and one of my missions now is to give much greater respect and projection to Indian languages."
The writer tells an essentially Indian story in his maiden work of fiction - "Loss is Gain (Rupa & Co)", rooted in two ancient cultures, Hinduism and Buddhism. Sufism comes in as the core of realisation that in order to gain, one has to lose....more
02:10 PM, Jan 13, 2012