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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 922

Sequel to 'The Insider' at crucial stage: Narasimha Rao

By Arvind Padmanabhan : Indo-Asian News Service

New York, Oct. 01, (IANS): A sequel to "The Insider" is at a "crucial" stage of being penned and would be published soon, the novel's author and former Indian prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao told journalists here.

"I am happy with the progress. It is at a crucial stage, more than half done," Rao told reporters Monday on the sidelines of a reception at the Consulate General of India for delegates to a three-day conference on Indian literature.

When asked about the specifics of the novel's release, he said: "These are not five year plans. In creative work you can't have a time bound programme and I am not a professional writer."

Rao said the novel would be a continuation of the story of "The Insider", which is about a young firebrand nationalist, Anand, who abandons a promising career to join the freedom struggle.

Rao, in the U.S. for a routine medical check-up at Cleveland, Ohio, and to meet with his daughters, declined to answer questions from reporters either on himself or on India.

"It is time for me to ask questions. But you don't do it in the air. It needs a proper forum, a context."

When asked about the issues he wanted to raise, he said: "I can't share the questions with you and I don't know whether the opportunity will be available to me. But I am happy."

In his address earlier, Rao said could not remember an event abroad in his long career that had bought so many Indian poets and writers together.

He commended the efforts of the organisers and said efforts were also needed to establish a link between India and other countries in the field of literature.

According to the organisers, around 40 litterateurs, in as many as 20 different languages, participated at the event that was organised jointly by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan U.S. and Sahitya Akademi in New Delhi.

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