Nice Words from an Empathetic Reader
In my previous post I was clearly griping about people writing to me for free copies of my book. Especially, I gave a clear hint that such letters as I received should have contained something about my literary effort. Lo and behold, here is a communication I received from One Dr Dharanidhar Sahu, Professor, Department of English, Berhampur University. It's way too encouraging, I must say. Thank you professor, you made my day.
Dear Mr. Nanda
I got your book "The Remix of Orchid" from our postmaster. I read Mr Bond's foreword, your preface, "Out of Her Block" and the eponymous story, the last one. I shall read the entire book when I buy one to facilitate, though in a meagre scale, your family trip to Mussorie. You write with a poet's flair and your language matches your enthusiasm. By planting your persona on fictional characters, you have turned happenings into stories of a different kind. That was a fine strategy of distancing. Thank you very much for giving me some aesthetic pleasure and encouraging me to visit Andamans to see the things you have seen.
A. N. Nanda