Writers are ecstatic travellers between fancy and reality, says Benyamin
Thiruvananthapuram: In an engaging session at MBIFL on the topic, ‘the expedition of creativity’, renowned writer Benyamin stated that creative work is a combination of reality and fancy. Writers believe and live through their characters before presenting them to the world. If only the writer lives the imaginative place, time and character, he can convince the reader and he can feel one with them. His ‘Najeeb’ from ‘Aadujeevitham’ had haunted him during the writing stages and he allowed himself to believe that he was the protagonist to feel one with the Character. The places that the writer hadn’t visited were depicted in a realistic manner that readers believed that his characters lived at the place in real. The space that the writer creates at the stage of writing is a combination of his fancy with fact which is logical.
Writer and Civil Servant K.V Mohan Kumar shared his experience in spending his time with a group of his readers who visited his place to experience ‘Anahankunnu’, a creative place in his novel ‘Ushnarashi’. ‘Anahankunnu’ was the imaginative piece of the writer which was believed to be real by the readers due to the convincing portrayal in the novel. K V Mohan Kumar opined that there should be justice in collaborating time and place with logic when imaginary matters which project the fiction of imagination are presented.
Writer and moderator of the session Vinu Abraham candidly stated that he hasn’t travelled beyond India and even most of the places in India is yet to be explored. The locale of his story ‘Chenkisthante Kuthirakal’ is an imaginative place which is a combination of Turkey, Armenia and Iraq. He has written many stories about heaven – a place no one has ever visited. He affirmed that it’s not experiences but creativity that is the soul of writing.
Writers in regional languages are no more confined to regional languages or geographical locations. Renowned writer T. D Ramakrishnan advocated for pan India writing and confided that he had ecstatic experiences with his characters. He has known his characters so well that he never had confusion in their portrayal. His ‘Francis Itti Cora’ and ‘Sugandhi’ were well received and were accepted to be of real.
The brainstorming session explored the various possibilities of converting fancy to convincing creativity. The writers unanimously agreed to the fact that fiction is the creative piece of the writer who lives in the world between imagination and reality.