Controversial author Charu Nivedita is at it again. The author, known for his characteristically controversial and often needless remarks, has a dig at fellow author S. Ramakrishnan for having invited superstar Rajinikanth for a literary meet held recently in the city. Some time back, Charu was in the news reportedly for having chatted ‘obscenely’ with a girl on-line.
His latest tirade is likely to make Rajini’s fans not a happy bunch. Ramakrishnan recently won the Iyal award instituted by the Canadian government. A felicitation function was held in Chennai last week to honour Ramakrishnan for winning the coveted award. Superstar Rajinikanth took part as a special invitee and floored the audience with his very lengthy but interesting speech full of his usual short stories.
Taking part in a book-release function, Charu (whose actual name is Arivazhagan) has said, “The trend in today’s literary world is that authors do everything possible to bring crowds to their functions and even to the extent of inviting film stars (read Rajini) to these events. The trend of doing such things merely to attract the audience in large numbers is highly condemnable.
“The situation has reached such a passé that an actor has to urge the people to continue to patronize literary books. It’s not a healthy trend for literature. We’re often accused of concentrating on love and lust; today’s youths commit all kinds of errors when caught in the vortex of love and lust and we attempt to portray only the real picture. It’s regrettable that the market for English novels is greater compared to original Tamil novels. This has to change for the better,” he said.