Author Jerry Pinto, who is known for his works such as Surviving Women, Bombay, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai, Helen: The Life and Times of An H-Bomb and Em and the Big Hoom, feels that he and his ­contemporaries haven’t done a good job when it comes to inspiring ­youngsters, and hopes that the younger lot will make it a better world.
“I don’t think anyone my age can feel ­successful because we are handing over a terrible world to the ­younger ­generation. We didn’t do a good job. We’ve dirtied it up, polluted it and left it slightly too communal. I feel ­regretful when I look at young people ... I wish I could say that I have a better world to offer, but all I can do is echo great playwright Vijay Tendulkar’s words, ‘I have old faith in youth’. I am relying on the younger ­generation to make it a ­better place to live in. And I apologise for having ­neglected it,” he says.
Quiz Jerry, who was a part of the Jaipur Literature Festival last month, on ­whether he shares author Ruskin Bond’s sentiments that there are too many literary fests and essential time to write is lost while attending them, and he replies, “Not at all. There are not too many literary events, there are few people attending them. Literary ­festivals need to think beyond the usual. Often, they are ­looking at the same events and the same authors. There are thousands of authors and books that need to be poked around as well.Unfortunately, most of the funders at such events demand for A-listers only.”
As for literature inspiring Bollywood, Jerry says, “The relationship between the world of cinema and ­literature has been that of give and take. Every movie begins with an idea, and that idea is communicated in words. What is common to a film and to a book is the idea of a story, the idea of a narrative, whether it is fiction or non-fiction.”