Author Shashank Bhartiya was also the guest at Kalam Ajmer where he was in conversation with author Vimlesh Sharma. An Inspector in the Income Tax Department of the Pune Zone, Shashank Bhartiya has been a regular contributor of socially relevant articles as well as stories and poetries to many national dailies. He has gained recognition for his comic satirical style which has blossomed through his novel Dehati Ladke and is easily accepted among the upcoming stalwarts of the Hindi AJMER @Kalam_Rajasthan @RajasthanKalam Vimlesh Sharma C.P. Dewal literary writers of the day. In course the of his speech, Bhartiya clarified that his foray into literature began with his desire to write stories. One short story stretched into a novel and before long he was deeply immersed in what brings him such immense joy today. Even today he feels that he cannot visualise himself as an author as some random thoughts come to him and he pens them down. He added that his belief that he is able to present his thoughts and depictions to his readers in their own simplistic ways is what brings him the most satisfaction. Elaborating on his book, he said that as he penned down his thoughts for the book he had realised that this was not just a story of his own personal journey but also that of the many others like him who had set out on similar journeys but had somehow failed in achieving their goals. Thus his much lauded Dehati Ladke is everyone’s story. He reiterated that it was the author’s duty to ensure that his thoughts are conveyed to his readers with clarity and understanding. “The reader must always be the pivotal point of an author’s universe,” said the author. Bhartiya’s inner beliefs shone through his speech. “Literature is never meant to exist as a unit behind politics, rather it is meant to play the role of a torch illuminating the path that politics will follow,” said the author. On the occasion he dedicated a poem that he had written to his father and his recitation of the same, namely “Hum baath nehi karte…”, moved many in the audience.