LISTENING TO a book being read, preferably by the author, is a special experience, according to writer U.R. Ananthamurthy.

It was a book written by a former student from the days when he taught at the Iowa University in the U.S.

The release of Sharmistha Mohanty's second novel, "New Life", was the occasion and the book is all about a woman discovering her inner spirit.

According to Prof. Ananthamurthy, the language used was poetical and mature at the same time, like in some of his own writings.

RAGHAVA M.

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