Siddhartha Bose, DNA | Last Modified - Oct 04, 2011, 04:32 AM IST
Jaipur: Vijaydan Detha heard it from DNA first. The 85-year-old author's immediate reaction: "Says who?"
Bijji, as he is popularly called, is generally regarded as the 'Shakespeare of Rajasthan' and according to a Agence France-Presse (AFP) report, his name figures among the favourites for this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, which will most probably be announced on October 6.
"I may or may not get the Nobel but I must remind you that each of my story is 100% Nobel-worthy work," said the 85-year-old author who has successfully drawn from local folklore to take his works to dizzying heights. His literary works include Bataan ri Phulwari (Garden of Tales), a 14-volume collection of stories that draws on folklore and spoken dialects of Rajasthan. His stories and novels have been adapted for many plays and movies including Habib Tanvir's legendary Charandas Chor and Amol Palekar's Paheli.
For Bijji, true writing flows from the subconscious. "Passbooks are written with a conscious mind. When I sit down to write, I hear only my pen caressing the paper. True writing dwells in your subconscious," the author said in an exclusive interview with DNA.
Bijji's characters are marked by their distinguishable streak of either strength or weakness, defining their actions. And, like Shakespeare he often weaves a touch of magic, a higher calling or a paranormal intervention to draw a line of reason in his folk tales.
Detha worships Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Anton Chekov and Rabindranath Tagore... in that order.