GUWAHATI, Jan 3 � Oxford Streetar Rickshaw Walajan � a collection of Assamese short stories penned by Col (retd) Manoranjan Goswami was released today at a function held at the Lakhiram Baruah Sadan here.
The book, released by former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Kanaksen Deka, has 13 stories revolving on a wide range of themes that reflect the diversified experiences gathered by the author over the years through work and travel.
Speaking on the occasion, Deka showered his lavish praise on the author and said that literature of the State has come of age and can compete with world literature. Deka also chose to ponder on the changing times and the degradation that has crept in the system while delivering his speech. �Literature should mirror the changing times capturing all the upheavals and aspirations that the society is passing through,� said Deka, observing that short story is an effective medium to capture the echo of the times and for this the writers should select new backdrop and themes for their creative endeavours.
The function was attended by several prominent citizens, including playwright Arun Sarma, writer Anuradha Sarma Pujari and others.
Arun Sarma pointed out that ideas for different genre of literature comes from experiences of life. He said that committed writers derive inspiration from experiences of personal or social life and when they write, their creations take new wings because they successfully touch base with humanity. Sarma further said that style and language is also an important factor.
Young achievers Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Times Now and flautist Deepak Sarma were felicitated on the occasion.