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?Books still dwarf television, computers?

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 11:48 IST
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NOTED MALAYALAM writer and Jnanpith awardee,  M T Vasudevan Nair feels that the penetration of television and computer  has not  thrown any  ‘ pernicious’ affect on the readership quotient of Kerala.

“ Notwithstanding an inundation of channels and computer games, books are still selling in Kerala. In fact the readership has ballooned over the years. I would say, books still dwarf the popularity of television and computers in Kerala,” he told the Hindustan Times.

Fiction, philosophical books and political discussions constitute the crucible of readers of this state he said adding, “ Changes are a universal phenomenon. There has been a change in the literary styles and themes.  But, all changes are for the betterment and are a paramount requisite for the survival of books.”

“ There are writers in Kerala who are living comfortably on the royalty of their books,” he observed. On plagiarism  he said : “ This has always been there. Nowadays it is difficult to plagiarise  because it can be pointed out immediately.”
Nair is one of the most respected Indian writers today.

He rose to eminence through his well-crafted novels and short stories in Malayalam, whose romantic poignancy and tender portrayal of the human condition endeared the author to his readers. He captured in subtle detail the pain and anguish that marked the ebb of feudalism in Kerala in many of his novels.