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Literature Nobel to Dylan an insult to writers, says Ruskin Bond

Dylan Is A Successful Musician And A Great Entertainer,but I Am Not Sure Whether He Was Given The Award In The Right Category, Bond Said During A Conversation Organised As Part Of 'River Talks The North East Literary Festival'.

PTI | Updated on: 21 Oct 2016, 07:54:18 PM
Literature Nobel to Dylan an insult to writers, says Ruskin Bond


Eminent writer Ruskin Bond on Thursday said the decision to award the Nobel Prize for Literature to singer-poet Bob Dylan was "not a right one" and is an "insult"to all the great writers who have received the award so far.

"Dylan is a successful musician and a great entertainer,but I am not sure whether he was given the award in the right category," Bond said during a conversation organised as part of 'River Talks the North East Literary Festival'.

Dylan is not really a writer and awarding the prize to him in the literature category is a "great insult to all the writers who have already received the award and also to those who rightly deserve it", the author said.

"The decision of the Nobel Committee, however, has onseveral occasions not been right and there is not much one cando about it," said the Padma Bhushan-winning author who has been writing for more than half a century now.

Bond, who lives in Mussoorie and has authored over 500 short stories, essays and novels along with more than 50 books for children, said he has always tried to be a "visual writer and tried to create a picture for his readers".

"I have been always been interested in my surroundings and I visualise a story, write it out in my mind and then express it effectively in a few words," said Bond, the authorof "Night Train at Deoli", "Time stops at Shamli", "Our Treesstill grow in Dehra", among others. He said he wrote his first book "Room on the Roof" whilestudying in England as he was assailed by a strong feeling of homesickness for India. 

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First Published : 21 Oct 2016, 07:44:00 PM