Shashi_TharoorThe Hindustan Times has published a short interview with author and politician Shashi Tharoor on June 21.  Tharoor’s masterpiece, The Great Indian Novel, is on the paper’s list of greatest Indian novels.

“It was ambitiously conceived and written with all my heart and soul, but “greatness” is a quality for others to judge,” he says when asked if he always knew he was writing a great piece of work. “I am glad it is still in print a quarter of a century later, and after 42 reprints, Penguin is planning to bring out a Silver Jubilee hardback edition in October.”

Shashi-TharoorSpeaking at a three-day international conference on “Literacy Through Literature”, Tharoor touched upon different aspects of literature and its close association with literacy levels in the country.

One of the elements he passionately spoke about was the undermined status of comic books in India.

“Reading is important for many reasons and we always need to enrich because it transforms our lives. Reading comics at an early age helps in building this foundation,” he said.