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Updated: November 22, 2009 19:23 IST

Still on top

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William Dalrymple. Photo: V. Sudershan
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William Dalrymple. Photo: V. Sudershan

William Dalrymple could have a green finger. His books have always remained bestsellers in a world where fiction often overtakes the sweepstakes. Dalrymple’s latest offering Nine Lives again reinforces his stature as an eminent writer, one who has been able to combine telling a story with history as the backdrop.

But Nine Lives is a departure from his usual offerings. “I always wanted to write about religion in India. The idea came to me 16 years ago. But the book is not about any -ism,” emphasises Dalrymple. “Its more about the characters: a Buddhist monk, a Jain nun, a Baul singer. And since it is their stories I did not need to put myself in it,” said Dalrymple. Meanwhile he’s pretty chuffed about White Mughals being made into a film. “It’s still in the developmental stages - that’s been five years now - but I’m told that’s normal in the world of movies.”

Amandeep Sandhu, Manjul Bajaj, Manu Joseph and Sonora Jha read from their novels that were shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Fiction 2013. Ziya Us Salam introduces them and moderates the session. <... »


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