Saturday, October 29, 2005

सन २००२ में संडे ट्रिब्यून के साथ निर्मल वर्मा के साक्षात्कार (अंग्रेज़ी में) का एक अंश:

Q. Some of your essays and articles are in English. Haven't you ever felt an urge to write your fiction in English, especially when Indians writing in English are today gaining so much publicity and enormous financial benefit?

A. When I started writing, my contemporaries like Mulk Raj Anand and R.K. Narayan were struggling for a livelihood as those who were writing in Indian languages. Big advances running into millions of dollars were unthinkable at that time. Anyway, if I was asked to write in a language other than my mother tongue, I would refuse. The reason is that my stories and novels are very much a product of my emotional world, and the language of my inner world is Hindi.
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