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Updated: January 10, 2012 02:42 IST

Visually challenged boy pens novel

  • B. V. S. Bhaskar
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Viswanath Venkat Dasari. Photo: S. Rambabu
Viswanath Venkat Dasari. Photo: S. Rambabu

Inspired by author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, a visually challenged 18-year-old from a farmer's family in Gokavaram of East Godavari district, has spent seven years of his life writing Pharaoh and the King, a story based on Indian and Egyptian mythology.

Viswanath Venkat Dasari, a second year student of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Nuziveedu, suffers from Nystagmus and Photophobia — his eyes cannot focus clearly on any object for more than a second.


Ever since Ms. Rowling's 5 edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hit the stores, Venkat began to weave a tale around the mythological stories he had heard during his childhood from his mother Satya, father Radhakrishna and grandfather, J. Harinath Babu.

As Telugu had been his medium of instruction, he took the help of his English teacher, K.V. Buchibapanna, and others, for proof-reading and corrections. He initially wrote by hand, and later, started using MAGIc, a screen-enlargement software, given to him by the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, and began keying the story of Pharoah and the King.

Multiple themes

The 276-page book, set in the backdrop of Delhi, London, Cairo and Giza, tells the story of a man who saves the world from evil. It takes the reader back in time to an ancient civilisation full of mystery, adventure, menace, righteousness, the supernatural and occult culture. The story revolves around a mystical being, Vivékadeva, who is set up against a villain who robs ancient treasures from around the world and wants to misuse Cosmic energy drawn from the Pyramids.

Victorious hero

The hero has been an atheist ever since he lost his beloved ones. But his experiences take him on the path of self-realisation. The bad guy tries to deceive the hero, giving him the hope that he can find his beloved ones if he will help him in his quest for spiritual riches. But, with the help of a younger brother, the villain is defied and Vivékadeva saves the world.

Venkat took help from his younger sister, Sija, in writing the script.

The book was published by AuthorHouse, U.K. Priced at $19.95, the book was released in the United States and the United Kingdom.

superb......All the best for your future novels

from:  shankar rgukt
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 13:19 IST

Its a great news.Only a born genius can do it.V.V.Desari deserves all round applause for his magical effort.Writing is a blessing,keep going.May the Almighty bless you see the light SOON and i thank the L.V.Prasad unit for supporting your cause.

from:  victorvijay
Posted on: Feb 1, 2012 at 19:23 IST

Keep it up Mr Venkat Dasari ... Go ahead with many different stories as India, our mother land have plenty of sources motivate you.....

from:  Mohan Rao
Posted on: Jan 11, 2012 at 16:54 IST

You are amazing! Best of luck Viswanath!

from:  Raju
Posted on: Jan 11, 2012 at 09:47 IST

Thank you for all your great responses. The book will be available in amazon. Type my name there in search box, you can find it.

from:  Viswanath Dasari
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 18:50 IST

Kudos to Viswanth Dasari,let him persue his dreams like this in the future too.

from:  Shailaja S Bhat
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 15:55 IST

COngrats Venkat.. I have read this book...excellent. God bless you..

from:  srinivas
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 11:46 IST

where there is a will, theres a way.Keep aspiring venkat and the progress is bound to come. hats off to the real life hero and appreciations to all people who backed him up to emerge successful.

from:  Devibala
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 11:44 IST

The book seems very interesting and I would like to read a copy of it.. Can you pleSe let me when will it be released in India ??

from:  Rajendra Das
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 10:34 IST

Kudos to Vishwanath Venkat Desari. Good luck!

from:  Sriraman Sridharan
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 09:12 IST

Kudos to Dasari Viswanath Venkat. He had successfully completed the book even though he has the inability that his eyes cannot focus clearly on any object more than one second. Every one must appreciate him. Surely he inspires others. The books on mythology create interest among book lovers. We should appreciate his family members, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute Management, his English teacher and Author House Publications for publishing his book.

from:  Peram Kiran kumar
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 08:34 IST

it's great! Congratulations to the boy who has proved that nothing stops a boy determined to do some thing. In this age, when a few take reading and writing seriously, Viswanath's endeavour will stand a source of inspiration to many.

from:  J.Ravindranath
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 07:05 IST
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