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  • 12 January, 2021

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Author Ved Mehta passes away

Author Ved Mehta passes away

  • Celebrated Indian-American author Ved Mehta, who overcame blindness and became widely known as the 20th century writer most responsible for introducing American readers to India, died in the U.S. on Saturday.
  • The New Yorker magazine, where he had been a staff writer for 33 years, announced the death on Sunday.
  • Mehta was born in pre-Partition Lahore into a well-off Punjabi family in 1934.
  • He lost his eyesight at the age of three from meningitis. He did not let this challenge get in the way of a flourishing career or stop him from showcasing his literary prowess to the world.
  • “I felt that blindness was a terrible impediment, and that if only I exerted myself and did everything my big sisters and big brother did, I could somehow become exactly like them,” Mehta wrote.
  • He is best known for his 12-volume memoir, which focused on the troubled modern history of India and his early struggles with blindness.
  • Mehta brought out 24 books that included volumes of reportage on India, among them Walking the Indian Streets (1960), Portrait of India (1970) and Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles (1977), as well as explorations of philosophy, theology and linguistics.

Source: TH


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