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Snail mail boss pens fiction

Cuttack, May 23: A.N. Nanda decided to go all the way with his book. Not only did the post-master general of southern Orissa circle write it, he also published it and set up a distribution network.

After 10 years of working on The Remix of Orchid, Nanda found, the responses of publishers’ were “not so encouraging”, despite a foreword by Ruskin Bond. That is when he hit upon the idea of self-publishing the book on how the Andamans “is a place where everything important and interesting happens”.

“Some publishers offered to do it but at my expense. I thought if a publisher could do it with my money I could do it as well, possibly in a better way and at lesser cost,” the 47-year-old told The Telegraph. The book was released on Tuesday evening by Governor Rameshwar Thakur at the Raj Bhavan amid a glittering ceremony.

In the book the senior Indian Postal Service officer talks about how in the Andamans “players win the gold cup for hockey, writers slip into and come out of their blocks, mega-buck films are shot, and a sex slave is rehabilitated and rescued from Kuwait”. The Remix took Nanda to the Andamans between 1995 and 1998.

“The pristine archipelago proves it is not a story-less land,” said Nanda, who has a master’s degree in history from Utkal University and graduated with a gold medal. “It (the islands) gladly bares its soul to one who understands. It does not demand anything tall,” he added.

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