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70-yr-old defies paralysis to be writer
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Sept 23 – No impediment can restrain the human mind that always strives to express its creative thoughts. Physical ailment has failed to dampen the fighting spirit of KR Nath who has emerged as a writer after the age of 70. His debut novel Aalokar Yatra was released on Sunday at a function held here. The writer, however, was not present at the function because he has been bed-ridden since the year 2004.

What is emulative in the writer is that despite his right side of the body being paralyzed and his confinement to the bed, he has overcome his emotional and physical pain through the medium of writing.

Writing under the pseudonym of Ripunjoi, Nath has captured his perception on a lot of themes including issues such as self-introspection, non-violence, respect to women etc in his novel. Written in the style of fiction, Aalokar Yatra has been dedicated to all the peace loving people in the world committed to build a society on the foundation of love. The importance of knowledge has been highlighted in the novel, and its pursuit glorified.

“Confinement to the bed initially had disturbed my father. But he is a strong man. He started practising writing with the left hand. It was a new journey for him because he had to practise every alphabet,” said his daughter.

The bed-ridden man had to make immense effort to write again with his left hand. It was a Herculean task but he kept practising and in 2009 started writing his novel. During this period of trial, a domestic pigeon used to be his constant companion and this pigeon ultimately acted as his muse. In his novel, the writer has established a pigeon as a protagonist inspired by his own domestic pigeon. The pigeon in the novel is symbolic of the peace that has been elusive in a materialistic society.

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