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An Author’s Word: Pavan.N.Rao

1. If not an author which other creative field would one find you in and why?

It is difficult for me to imagine myself in a creative gig that has no place for the written word. If not an author writing books I might be in theater writing scripts or in cinema writing screenplays or songs (in Indian cinema).


2.What does the written word mean to you?

The written word is the repository of the human condition. This manifests differently across different contexts. For a creative writer it is a medium for portraying the nuances of societies and people and the meta narratives of history. In the hands of a historian it aids in the grand chronicling of the events of the past and the progress of civilization. In the hands of social commentariat it is a tool to deliver critiques on contemporary issues. 


3.Your personal favorite five authors in any genre.

Fiction: George Orwell, V.S Naipaul (English), Guruprasad Kaginele, Kuvempu (Kannada)

Non fiction: Malcolm Gladwell, Atul Gawande, Mukul Kesavan, Ram Guha (English), Lankesh (Kannada)


4. What is your favorite word, in any language, and how would you describe its meaning?

EMPATHY is one of my favorite words in English. At its core the word signifies the values of a dignified human being able to respond personably to societal concerns and individual problems. 


5. E-Book or physical book? What do you prefer and why?

I have no preference either way. The situation dictates what format I would like to read. For quick reads while on a train or flight ,ebooks are definitely better. While for a more leisurely read, a good old paper book is perfect to cuddle up for an enjoyable reading experience.