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Jaipur Litfest: Cyrus Mistry says, in India they don't pay much to writers

Jaipur:  In an honest confession, reticent author Cyrus Mistry admits a writer either has to take up odd jobs or should have the backing of a guardian angel to run his household, as writing is

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk Updated on: January 19, 2014 20:13 IST

"Another thing that this award has given me is recognition and it will also help me in getting contracts for other works, translations, and that is welcoming. But, otherwise, the main thing about a writer is to think about what he is going to write about next," he added.

The award, in fact, has brought much-deserved appreciation and recognition for the writer whose first novel, "The Radiance of Ashes", that was about social cruelty of man towards man, failed to evoke interest among readers. However, the blame on failing to deliver wasn't his writings but lack of marketing strategy by the publisher.

Mistry calls the writer's profession a "voluntary solitary confinement", and plans to write a novel soon.

"I haven't written anything for quite some time now. I have to get down doing other things for my daily bread. There is a selection of short stories that is with my agent now and we are hoping we find a publisher," he said.

"We are in a difficult situation in India as we aren't an English speaking country. Hence, in terms of sales and reading books - it is a limited territory," Mistry added, saying he yet remains optimistic with the industry and will continue to write for the joy of writing.

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