Literary stalwarts speak their hearts out to readers at literary fest

  • By TOI
  • | Friday | 12th January, 2018

"Today's youth are living in the machines as a result creative inspiration among them is slowly dying. "Creative inspiration is something which cannot be described in words. Renowned Odiya author Pratibha Satpathy and her daughter, the writer Paramita Satpathy discussed inheritance of the 'writing gene'. There is no better place to live than India," said Bond replying to a query on creative freedom and the controversial film during an interactive session at Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet here on Friday. "While interacting with youngsters, Das talked about the importance of understanding the beauty of language and all its nuances.

BHUBANESWAR: In the wake of controversy over the release of Hindi feature film 'Padmaavat' illustrated author Ruskin Bond said freedom of expression should not be absolute."I don't think freedom of speech should be absolute.

We should consider ourselves lucky to live in this country.

There is no better place to live than India," said Bond replying to a query on creative freedom and the controversial film during an interactive session at Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet here on Friday.

"Shall I like to live in China, shall I live in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Syria, Lebanon or some other country, definitely not," said Bond.The iconic writer expressed happiness over the growing trend of so many young people making writing as their profession.

"It is an amazing trend.

I am really happy that young people are not only writing poetry, novel, fiction, non-fiction but they are also getting it published.

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