First Fan Mail.

In a week when I’m grateful for having had a great deal of media coverage, the item that has most touched me is my first note from a reader, Mr. R. K. Moorthy, who agreed to let me post his email here:  “You did it! I have read it from cover to cover and I am fascinated. The writing is superb – emotional, anecdotal, full of empathy, humorous with Tamil Brahmin touches here and there – for me it brings poignant memories of June 23 1985 when our family lost a number of friends. Over the years we have witnessed how they managed to cope with their irreparable losses.”

To reach such readers–regular, intelligent people who feel the pull of fiction–is, I think, every writer’s dream.

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