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RK Narayan deserved a Nobel, says Jeffry Archer on city visit
ST Correspondent | Tuesday, 3 March 2015 AT 10:54 PM IST
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AUNDH: Best-selling British author Jeffrey Archer has said that renowned Indian author RK Narayan deserved a Nobel.

Addressing a gathering during the launch of his new book ‘Mightier Than The Sword’ at the Crossword Bookstore at Aundh on Tuesday, Archer said that India has produced great writers like Salman Rushdie. “But Narayan was outstanding. He was a combination of both a great storyteller and a great writer. I feel that he deserved a Nobel,” he added.

Earlier, while interacting with the media, Archer said that India’s culture is the most sophisticated in the world.

“India has the most well-read culture in the world. You read more books than anyone. You have have most of the Nobel Prize winners. I believe Indians like good storytelling and I like to believe I am in the tradition of Narayan,” he added.

According to him he is a simple storyteller. “I tell a tale and I try to make you turn the pages. You might have writers as great as they are but no one pretends to be a storyteller. In the case of Rushdie, no one pretends he is a great storyteller. He is a great writer,” he added.

Responding to questions on cricket, Archer said that he’s missing Sachin Tendulkar in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. “Tendulkar has moved on to other things and so has Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble. Among the current Indian team, I find Pujara and Kohli promising. I believe Kohli will unquestionably break Tendulkar’s records. And I hope Indian cricketers never join in sledging and stay the gentle and well-mannered race as I have known them to be for so many years,” he added.

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