Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: "For many people, literature may be a part of their life. But for me, literature is my whole life. I cannot imagine a life without literature and literature without life," says Telugu novelist `Ampasayya' Naveen.

Interacting with connoisseurs of literature at `meet the author' programme organised jointly by Sahitya Akademi and Mummaneni Subba Rao Siddhartha Kala Peetham at Siddhartha Academy on Friday, he recalled a series of events from his early childhood, which inspired him to write `Kala Rekhalu,' a novel that brought him the Akademi's award.

As a child, Navin witnessed the celebrations of the 11th Andhra Maha Sabha in Warangal, in which a procession was taken out on the streets, in which a specially-decorated cart was pulled by 11 pairs of oxen to mark the 11th conference. Chief guests of the meeting were taken to the venue in the special cart.

"The incident is still fresh in my mind, as it had a great impact on me. When I was exposed to literature in my early teens, I decided that I should write a huge novel, for which, the procession episode would be the beginning.

I wrote the novel with a title `Kala Rekhalu,' which is a diary of events that occurred in Telangana from my childhood up to the late `90s," he said.

Explaining the backdrop of his first novel `Ampasayya,' Mr. Navin said that his student days in Osmania University had inspired him to write the novel. "I did not know that the work is in the `stream of consciousness' technique. I did not know about that technique till a friend of mine read my novel and explained to me about it," he recalled.

Keen observer of life

His love for human psychology made Mr. Navin to weave stories around the subject and focus the issues pertaining to the Razakar movement and the Emergency, which he witnessed closely.

"While Warangal library opened vistas of literature, Viswanatha's `Veyi Padagalu' inspired me to pen a gigantic literary work. I made `Kala Rekhalu,' a 1,600-page work, as a trilogy for the convenience of readers," he said.

Thanking his teachers and friends for making him a writer by infusing confidence in him, he recalled that all his novels were either from his personal experiences or the incidents known to him very well.