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Finished work belongs to readers: Mukundan

Readers' delight: M. Mukundan's new novel Delhi Gadhakal being released at a cultural festival organised as part of the ongoing 13th DC International Book Fair, on Tuesday. — Photo: Meedhu Miriyam Joseph  

Former Minister for Culture M.A. Baby released Delhi Gadhakal , M. Mukundan's new novel, at a cultural festival organised in connection with the ongoing 13th DC International Book Fair on Tuesday.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Baby said the book had captured the many memories he had during his time in the city. He lauded the writer for his efforts to explore and recreate the mindset of the people during the Emergency and ‘their view of Indira Gandhi's misjudgement about people's power.'

According to Mr. Mukundan, the novel portrayed the various events that greatly influenced his life during the 40 years spent in New Delhi, since 1962. (The writer shot to fame with his novel Mayyazhi Puzhayude Theerangalil. The French government conferred on him the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres [Order of Arts and of Letters] in 1998.)

“Once I write the novel, then it is no more mine. It is yours,” he said expressing his gratitude to the recognition he received from his readers.

As part of the festival, four new novels were also released. These included Kadamattam Chitta by Jose Panachipuram, Pakida by P.V. Sreevatsan, Himasagaram by P. Raghunath, and Veendum Randu Pengutikal by Sandhya V. Sathish.

A large number of book lovers thronged the Kanakakkunu palace, the book fair venue, on the second day on Tuesday. The fair featured over 10 lakh books. Over 350 publishers were taking part. DC Books would release 68 new books during the event. The fair would conclude on November 13.