Staff Correspondent

`Study the reference books based on which it has been written' `Study the reference books based on which it has been written'

HUBLI: Writer S.L. Bhyrappa has asked those criticising his latest novel "Avarana" to first study the reference books based on which he has written it.

He was speaking at a reading of the novel, an interaction with readers and a book release organised by Dr. D.S. Karki Sahitya Vedike, Sahitya Prakashana, Hubli Art Circle and Hangal Literary Foundation here on Sunday.

"Avarana was not written just for the sake of art. That is why poetic diction has been deliberately avoided. When you are speaking about history, the language need not be emotional. And moreover, there are no strict rules for the novel form," he said.

`No ulterior motive'

The writer said that his latest novel was the result of his search for truth and there was no ulterior motive behind it.

Mr. Bhyrappa asked his critics to study the reference books mentioned in the book before jumping to any conclusion.

`History distorted'

Often, the Indian history had been distorted by scholars to suit their agenda or to please people in power. Studying history with a political perspective was nothing but doing injustice to the truth, he said.

Mr. Bhyrappa released the Kannada books written by Govindaraya, Vishweshwara Bhat, Pratapa Simha, Arya and Yashwant Sardeshpande.