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Udupi, Marathi novelist Kavita Mahajan speaks about discrimination in society

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Udupi, Apr 16: “Writing brings a balance between thinking and emotions,” said acclaimed Marathi novelist Kavita Mahajan, on Friday.

She was speaking at a symposium ‘Me and my writing’ held as part of ‘In memory of Ambedkar’ programme organised by Dr. T.M.A. Pai Chair for Indian Literature, Manipal University.

Mahajan said that it was esse...

Udupi, Apr 16: “Writing brings a balance between thinking and emotions,” said acclaimed Marathi novelist Kavita Mahajan, on Friday.

She was speaking at a symposium ‘Me and my writing’ held as part of ‘In memory of Ambedkar’ programme organised by Dr. T.M.A. Pai Chair for Indian Literature, Manipal University.

Mahajan said that it was essential to have a balance in the life of a person and also the society.

“I am a woman and before that I am a human being. If all are human beings, why is there discrimination? That is a question, which has haunted me from my childhood,” she said.

During her youth, the students were told both about the advantages and disadvantages of socialism, Marxism and other “isms”. “We used to keep our political thoughts in our houses and used to work for positive change in the society,” she said.

Explaining her evolution as a writer,  Mahajan said that in the beginning, she used to write poems. Besides that she used to write articles and do translations. She translated Ismat Chugtai’s stories from Urdu to Marathi. After a few years, she developed enough confidence to write her first Marathi novel Br.

She said that Br gave her the recognition. There was lesser number of people who read poetry in any language. People read more of stories, lectures and plays.

“I wrote in many forms. My belief is that content will choose its own form,” she said.

“Whenever I write, a lot of deep thinking goes into it. I also read a lot of books. I believe strongly that ground work is essential for a writer especially knowing how people lived in forests, deserts and big cities,” she said.

“The books written by a writer in his/her entire lifetime give you an insight into the writer’s internal thought process,”  Mahajan said.

Vaidehi, chairperson, Dr. T.M.A. Pai Chair for Indian Literature, said that Gandhiji and B.R. Ambedkar were responsible in creating awareness about the condition of Dalits and women in the country.

Laxman Gaikwad, Marathi novelist; Varadesh Hiregange, director, Gandhian and Peace Studies, Manipal University; and Neeta Inamdar, Head of Centre for European Studies, Manipal University, were were present.

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