Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, November 29
The doyen of writing has named his office as ‘Nathchaura’ (a place where thinkers get together and hold discussions). In his office, he writes columns for various news dailies, reads books, and prepares his recordings.
Des Raj Kali, a veteran writer well-known for his works, is busy nowadays recording shows for various channels amid the pandemic. With all the work, he doesn’t forget to give special attention to his health and spending time with friends. He wakes up at 5 in the morning and goes for a long stroll. On return, a cup of coffee and an hour’s rest readies him for the rut.
He has also been working on a novel for the last two years. “It is almost finalised. I have done an experiment with the novel and there will be around 250 pages in it. This time, I have added a few poetry lines before starting a new chapter in the novel,” he shared.
A weekly literature show every Sunday at 11 in the morning is also his forte. The name of the programme is Inj vi padheya ja skda hai sahitya. Around 28 episodes have already been beamed and Kali dedicated 10 episodes to the new book of Arundhati Roy ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’. His literature show has drawn praise from many. “This is a unique concept of a literary show and it has never happened before and I am getting a very good response for the same,” he told.
Amid the lockdown, he had also released a book ‘Shanti Parav’ – from his home, along with his wife. Kali, while sharing his experience, said it was an interesting event in itself. The shelves are stacked with books; getting a good treatment as he hasn’t done away with reading. “I just finished reading ‘The Fall’ which is really apt according to what is happening today,” he said. The curbs set in motion came as a chance for the writer to sit and have meals with the family, nearly after a span of 15 years.
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