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It is only the government which is not responding. Because the government is a Hindutva government which has banned all disagreement. They (government) can’t ban it (free speech) because we will speak, but they will punish us.

Nayantara Sahgal

Let me make it clear: I am not taking back either the award or the cheque, which is now invalid anyway. My protest against the crushing of dissent stands.

Nayantara Sahgal

This city is special to me because I lived here for several years. Our house is still here on the road facing the Sukhna lake and we built it at a time when the city was still coming.

Nayantara Sahgal

The Akademi wrote a letter to me saying it is against their policy to receive returned award and therefore they are sending back the award. I will use the money for a worthwhile cause and welfare schemes.

Nayantara Sahgal

Although I came from a political family, I never wanted to be in politics. I always wanted to be a writer and my own person.

Nayantara Sahgal

I can't fictionalise these stories. These are quite unusual stories that I have picked (from Mahabharata) and I have also given the family tree to make it simple... I am not retelling the stories, as it requires a different way of thinking and a different audience. For children I cannot do that.

Sudha Murthy

Everyone says Krishna was a god, but actually, what people don’t realise is that Krishna was a master strategist.

Sudha Murthy

The Serpent’s Revenge is full of unusual stories from the Mahabharata. If you ask a child what the Mahabharata is, they’ll tell you all the same things: That it’s about the Pandavas and Kauravas fighting, Draupadi’s vastraharan and all that. But there are so many stories people don’t know from the Mahabharata.

Sudha Murthy

I never research while writing a book. But over the past 20-30 years I must have read 15-20 versions of the Ramayana and heard many more.

Amish Tripathi

Well, it is largely my own doing because I am very passionate about the subject and also wanted to ensure that Gauhar Jaan get a rightful place in the pantheon of Hindustani Classical music...so in almost all the cities some of the best musicians came forward and launched the book.

Vikram Sampath

It would have been a dream come true...but somehow I have seen that when one takes music as a career then there are lots of other factors that start affecting music itself. Whereas with something else to fall back on, I could pursue music as I want and not let financial constraints dominate my passion.

Vikram Sampath

A lot of my current interests and passions were shaped during my childhood days. Being a single child, books and music were my constant companions.

Vikram Sampath

Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi used to collect old gramophone records and they had heard Gauhar Jaan; I found that she was quite acquainted with Indian classical music, we talked about Kishori Amonkar and the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana.

Vikram Sampath

Frankly I never thought or planned to be a published author. This course of my life was not linked to either my stint at BITS Pilani or my work-experience or any such. It was just serendipity!

Vikram Sampath

Satirists are having a ball of a time and there's no steam in the intolerance debate anymore.

Vikram Sampath

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