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Waiting For Verses

Vilas Sarang’s enforced, isolating silence

Waiting For Verses
Amit Haralkar
Waiting For Verses
outlookindia.com
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“He has been too ill to meet anyone for the past couple of years, but people stopped visiting him even before that,” says Reba, Vilas Sarang’s wife. “He would like to meet people but it is too tiring for him. Also, it is difficult for others to und­erstand his speech.” Reba spoke to Outlook on the phone, after we got lucky gate-crashing at Sarang’s residence in Kandivili for a photo. We did manage to get a picture, but poor health prevents Sarang from interacting with people. He suffered a paralytic stroke in 1999 and underwent a bypass operation in 2000. He published four books after that, but did not stay in touch with anyone—his publishers, acquaintances, the media and perhaps even his  friends old and new.

“He needs help even to turn and sit up on the bed. We disconnected his mobile phone because he simply could not talk,” Reba says. She is the only one looking after him as their children are studying or working abroad. Publishers or people in the literary circle are all eager to hear from and...

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