Literary Birthday – 21 March – Ved Mehta

Ved Mehta, was born 21 March 1934 and died 9 January 2021.

Five Quotes

  1. Deprivation often makes a writer.
  2. I didn’t want to be a blind writer. I wanted to be a writer who is blind.
  3. Surely only boring people went in for conversations consisting of questions and answers. The art of true conversation consisted in the play of minds.
  4. Now we are living in an age everything has to be fast. We are living in an odd world where the written word is at a discount. To me a book is a long journey. I don’t like short cuts. Literature can only survive with individual taste. It cannot be mass opinion.
  5. With respect to determination, often the talent will drive you. If you have talent, you have an obligation to that talent.

Ved Mehta was an American writer who was born in Lahore, British India to a Hindu family. He lost his sight at the age of four to meningitis. He was the author of 24 books, including Fly and the Fly-Bottle: Encounters with British Intellectuals. The Essential Ved Mehta is the definitive collection of the author’s work

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 21st March 2014