POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Feb 23, 2009 AT 04:13 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 23, 2009 04:13 IST
One reason for my decision was that all too many people advised me not to do it. Perhaps, like many other novelists, I tend to do the exact opposite of what I am told. If people are telling me -- and especially if they are warning me -- "Don't go there," "Don't do that," I tend to want to "go there" and "do that." It's in my nature, you might say, as a novelist. Novelists are a special breed. They cannot genuinely trust anything they have not seen with their own eyes or touched with their own hands.

And that is why I am here. I chose to come here rather than stay away. I chose to see for myself rather than not to see. I chose to speak to you rather than to say nothing.

Please do allow me to deliver one very personal message. It is something that I always keep in mind while I am writing fiction. I have never gone so far as to write it on a piece of paper and paste it to the wall: rather, it is carved into the wall of my mind, and it goes something like this:

"Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg."
The full text of this powerful must-read speech is at Salon
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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Feb 23, 2009 AT 04:13 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 23, 2009 04:13 IST
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