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Assamese is the language of love, says Bengali writer
City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Dec 23 - “Without any literary work, there will be no literary theory. In other words, theory creates after the literary works,” said Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, acclaimed writer from West Bengal, during an interactive session held today on the second day of the 32nd Guwahati Book Fair, organised by the Assam Publication Board at the AEI ground.

Saying about his journey as a writer, Mukhopadhyay said he likes to pick up numbers of characters while writing, whether it is a novel or a short story.

“It is a challenging task, but for me, it is an experiment. As a writer, the day-to-day experience with various personalities always plays a vital role. Every day, we meet many people on many occasions and some of them remain in our memory. In my case, while writing something, some of those characters come to the forefront,” he said.

He said there are two types of experiences – direct and indirect. Sometimes, without the influence of experience, some words come to the mind automatically, he added.

Stating that Assamese is the language of love and the Bengali and the Assamese people are very close to each other, Mukhopadhyay said, “My family came to Assam when I was 12-year-old. I spent my childhood in the Pandu area of Guwahati and some days at Badarpur and Lumding. During those days, I crossed the Brahmaputra numerous times and went to the Nilachal Hill, and spent many hours in the Bhubaneswari.”

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