Befitting honour for Kiran

I endorse the views in the editorial Kiran does Anita, India proud: From inheritance to award (Oct 12). Kiran Desai is the youngest woman to have ever won the Booker prize for her book, The Inheritance of Loss. And she is the second Indian woman writer to win the Booker Prize after Arundhati Roy won it in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things.

This is actually Kiran’s second novel and she has worked hard on it for as many as eight years. Her novel, as described by the judges, is a novel of human breadth, wisdom and comic tenderness. Kiran won it by defeating the strong short-listed contenders who were already very well known and established writers.

It is all in her genes. Her mother Anita Desai, herself a reputed writer, was also nominated thrice for this prestigious award. The daughter has done a fantastic job and the mother and the entire nation feel proud and honoured. It’s a befitting honour for Kiran Desai.





In the non-western world and Indo-Anglian literature, Kiran Desai, at a young age of 35 years, has captured the world’s most prestigious literacy award — the Man Booker Prize.

As a hermit, Kiran remained in the shadow and solitude for eight long years and explored every contemporary international issue — globalisation, multi-culturalism, economic inequality and terrorist violence. It is well said that the writers have to tread the lonely road.

The judges have opined that The Inheritance of Loss is the best kind of post 9/11 novel in which Kiran Desai has created something which is absolutely of its own — the melancholy of globalisation and tiny joys of existence in a small Indian village.

Not only the academic world but the whole Indian nation feels proud over her achievement. Kiran Desai has indeed created literary history.

Dr L.K. MANUJA, Nahan (HP)


For the last few years, Indian women have been excelling in every sphere of life. Gone are the days when they were confined to the four walls of the house. Booker for Kiran Desai is another important milestone for hard working and brilliant Indian women.

The Indian women have always brought laurels for India — be it in the world of glamour with gorgeous Aishwarya and charming Sushmita or in the corporate world with Indian women Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Inder Nooyi and many more carving a niche for themselves as professionals. Previously, Arundhanti Roy and now Kiran Desai have brought laurels to the country. Cheers for the country’s young achiever. She has surely proved to be the kiran of India.


Pardon for Afzal?

I refer to the editorial, President’s dilemma: Should a terrorist escape gallows? (Oct 3). It was wrong on the part of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to seek pardon for a terrorist. When the war against terrorism is on, seeking or granting pardon to terrorists will demoralise the security forces and send a wrong signal to the terrorists.

The law should take its own course in this case. I am sure, it will.



Following Gandhiji’s advice that we should hate the sin and not the sinner, the President should grant clemency to Afzal. Clemency will go a long way in healing the wounds in Jammu and Kashmir.

AMAR JIT SINGH GORAYA, Griffith NSW (Australia)

Let’s say no to crackers

Diwali has become a festival of crackers, not a festival of lights anymore. We waste lot of money on crackers which cause pollution, skin, eye and respiratory problems, apart from causing harm to animals, sick people and children.

Let’s say no to crackers this Diwali. Let it be a festival of lights only. Let’s present sweets to those who cannot afford to buy them.

SOURABH BAMBA, Ferozepore City

Survey on quacks

The Indian Medical Association’s attempt to conduct a survey on quacks is welcome. This will help curb quackery which is the need of the hour. But what happened to the IMA’s earlier slogans past promises, projects and slogans like ‘Anemia-free India’, ‘Ayo Gahon Chalan’, ‘Drug-free Punjab’ and so on?

The fight against quackery is an important social agenda. But I feel there is no need for a survey of quacks as most doctors have a list of the quacks in their areas. These quacks shower doctors with expensive gifts, arrange cocktail parties and pay commission money to them regularly. Common people like me have doubts about the IMA’s sincerity and earnestness to fight quackery.

Dr VITULL K. GUPTA, Bathinda

PR for gurus

I refer to the Delhi Durbar item “Public relations for Gurus”. Sadly, even Gurus fall a prey to publicity gimmicks. The race for “Gurudom” is getting fiercer day by day. The gullible people who are being increasingly fleeced by the so-called Gurus and their agents are the worst.

Compare the present-day Gurus with those in ancient times. The Gurus of yore sought total seclusion, went in for prolonged spells of excruciating penance and eventually churned out jewels of eternal wisdom in the form of immortal shlokas and shastras.

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)

Kulu Dasehra

This has reference to the news of bitter end of Kulu Dussehra (Oct 9). The incident makes conscientious observers like me feel sad over the falling values.

I had first witnessed the Kulu Dasehra in October 1961 and again in October 1999. While the 1961 event was attractive, 38 years later, the place looked overcongested with too many private shops and stalls.

I passed through Kulu on October 6 and 7 this year too. Dhalpur, the historical Dasehra venue, was full of slum-like structures. The whole arrangement gave a repulsive look. Hope the authorities would try to restore the lost serenity of the festival in future.

K.L. NOATAY, Shimla



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