Any fool can write a novel, says T Padmanabhan
Celebrated short story writer in Malayalam, T. Padmanabhan, in an entertaining manner said that any fool can write a novel when he was asked about his feelings in not being able to write one.
When enquired on whether he fulfilled his wish of being a novelist by naming the latest collection of his short stories, ‘Ente moonnamathe Novel”, he said that he never regretted that he couldn’t write a novel as he knows that he doesn’t have the patience to write on a large canvas.
His short story ‘Sakshi’ was his novel to be plot. Due to his impatience in detailing, it turned out to be a short story. The audience applauded and appreciated the fact that the writer confined himself to his soulful and melodious short stories, which has kept him close to his readers at all times.
In his talk at MBIFL with Dr Sreekala Mullasserry, while answering to a question, Padmanabhan opined that writers should read Malayalam epics and have a strong ground in using the language.
Weak language usage is the blockade to the growth of new writers. Rejection and denial is a process of growing and despite both, a writer should strive to make his language usage strong and should continue writing.
Though there are not many promising writers at the moment, writer K. Rekha’s Story ‘Villuvandi’ makes him hopeful and gives him the assurance that soon there will be another golden period of Malayalam literature.
M. V. Shreyams Kumar’s travelogue ‘Yathra parayathe’ took him to another perspective of the places and sights that he has witnessed before. He believes that the genre would have many more such rich accolades.
The mind blogging session which discussed on life, story, writing, travel and the writer’s boldness in speaking his mind concluded with the writer’s urge to be invited to Thunchanparambu during the festival. He mentioned that it is his long time dream which began from when he started his companionship with letters by reading Ezhuthachan.
While leaving, the audience reassured the belief that whoever touches his work, touches a man.