Two great writers

JD Salinger is no more.

If I ever make a shortlist of books that moved me, his book ‘Catcher in the Rye’ would figure right up there. Read it long ago though, and I haven’t thought about him or his book for a long time. And then suddenly today, the news of his demise… And I came to know that after the success of his book, he chose to remain a recluse… He delved into eastern philosophies, got initiated into Kriya Yoga etc… He left that and moved onto other spiritual and alternate medicine systems…

He was 91 when he died.

Salinger, his book, his life and his demise, made me remember GV Desani, another writer whose name would figure in that shortlist of mine. Even higher. He wrote a brilliant book ‘All about H Hatterr’  and then chose to step away from public gaze and writing. But his stepping away was a positive move – a move towards something else. He spent much time in India seeking the Light…. He spent fourteen years, or so, in deep spiritual pursuits – including, for some three months, meditating 22 hours a day… He came back from his search, and went on to teach Oriental Philosophy in America.

His Hatterr book was an all time great piece of writing. And I read that too a long time ago…

And then one morning in the year 2000, I was surprised to see his name in the obituary list in the newspaper in Chennai (In the Hindu newspaper, if my memory is right).   Rather like reading about JD Salinger today.

Desani  too died at the age of 91.

Two great writers.

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4 Responses to “Two great writers”

  1. Sunil Malhotra Says:

    Great tribute … showed me how illiterate I am🙂. Spent some time on wikipedia [click] and got to know more about GV Desani.

  2. G.L.N.Murhty Says:

    Dear sir, It is interesting note from ur above post how the two nanogenarian writers were attracted by oriental philosophy and they contributed their best for its propagation.Thanks for giving such information -Murthy

  3. gkamesh Says:

    Dear Murthy

    I am not sure if Salinger contributed to oriental philosophy. He was a great writer and a recluse. He batted for himself, first and last, or so it seems to me.

    Desani was different. He was of Indian origin. And his search was spiritual. He was not a recluse.

    Regards

  4. rajagopal sukumar Says:

    Kamesh,
    Thanks for the pointers. I haven’t read either of them. My wife raves about Catcher in the Rye though.

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