For a writer with just one book to his credit, Akhil Sharma is evoking a lot of interest and attention. Hyderabad was no different after the Jaipur Literary festival and Kolkata book fair. A reading session from his book, ‘An Obedient Father', spawned a lively debate at the Oxford Bookstore here on Thursday.
Mr. Sharma, an Indian-American writer, was flooded with questions on his maiden work which deals with corruption and incestuous relationship. There were many questions on the story line and its setting during the assassination of then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi. What is the message from the book?
“Novels don't have a message”, Mr. Sharma remarked. What prompted him to write this book.
“A series of accidents” is all that he would say.
The 282-page book is about Ram Karan, a corrupt official in the Physical Education Department of a Delhi school. The crimes of this paedophilic character and their allegorical meaning reflects the politics of the time.
Mr. Sharma doesn't like to be categorised as an Indian author writing in English. “It limits my emerging as a human being”, he says.
Earlier, Elizabeth Jones, deputy public affairs officer, U.S. Consulate General, introduced Mr. Sharma.