Kajol, who was introduced to Sanghi’s poetry by her mother, says the author’s easy to read style was in fact very difficult to write.
“Easy reading is the most difficult kind of writing. I’ve read a lot if authors who’ve won awards but are bloody boring and very difficult to get through. I read not to become a smarter person but for the sheer pleasure of reading a book,” she said at the Diggi Palace, the venue of the festival, which was packed with fans.
The actress also batted for publishers translating more literature in Hindi and other languages.
“A lot of books we read should be translated into Hindi and other languages. It’s a travesty that there are so many people who cannot read a volume of literature because they don’t know English,” she said.
‘The Sialkot Saga’, Sanghi’s latest offering, written with his signature mystery and intrigue, traverses from life post 1947 for two business men and contains mythological references.
Sanghi said he wrote his first book, ‘The Rozabal Line’ under a pseudonym since he was fed up of rejections.
“I was a Guinness book record holder of rejections. I had been rejected 47 times. Then I had to self publish. There was a fear in me that I’m a lousy writer. And if they have to throw stones, they do it at Shaun,” Sanghvi joked.