akhtar at the book release

No Medium Can Replace Books: Javed Akhtar

Mumbai: Eminent writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar launched Kainaz Jussawalla’s debut novel ‘Coffee Days Champagne Nights and Other Secrets’ on Monday in Mumbai. Interacting with the media, Javed Akhtar stated that no medium can replace books.

Talking about the importance of books to garner any kind of information or knowledge, Akhtar said, “Everything, these days, is either Googled or found on smart phones. People have hardly any time for books, leave aside writing. They don’t have the time for reading. But I suppose, no medium can replace books. Today I see most of the children on iPads or in front of the TV. But the difference between an iPad and the book is that, you are given a fixed menu. There is no participation of viewer. Viewer is the only receiver but when you are reading a book, particularly fiction, that time you are making your own locations in your mind, faces of characters, sets of houses so when you read the book your imagination enriches and it gets exercise which doesn’t happen when everything is provided to you. For that, you have to use your own energy and mind. People want an easy way out and they want everything on platter. This, I feel, is not correct”.

On asked what he is inspired by when writing great scripts and lyrics, Akhtar said, “It’s not a surprise that I write. It would have been surprising if I wouldn’t have become a writer. I come from a family of writers. I am 6th generation who is into writing. My children also write. Farhan has started writing lyrics in English. Zoya is also poet. Both of them write their own films’ scripts and they are our seventh generation in writing. I have inherited the skills from my mother’s and father’s side. I suppose, if some people are doing something for generations then to some extent, the child must be programmed to do that. I was interested in reading right from my early childhood and that’s how it all started”.

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Javed Akhtar arrives for the book release.                                                                    Photos: NewsHelpline

According to NewsHelpline, Akhtar also gave piece of advice to young and aspiring writers, he said: “If you want to become a writer, there should be a lot of reading. There has to be a lot of intake. Then, gradually, you develop a relationship with the language. People who write letters think they are writers. It’s not true. Writing is a job in itself. When you read the masters and learn how they have used words and how they have expressed things, and how they have not said something, but made you reach that point where you will understand it then gradually you develop the skill for writing.”

“Sensibilities as a writer don’t come on a platter. You can’t go and buy them from a shop. You learn and develop this technique by reading various kind of books. Reading only the classics can make you dry and too serious. Young people should also read light literature, humor, and detective novels. I feel you shouldn’t be in a hurry to become a writer. One day, when you will be full inside. Then you will be able to write, because then you can write well”.

‘Coffee Days Champagne Nights and Other Secrets’ is a dark fiction with exciting twist and turns, and is based on the complexities of the human mind.