"Are you from Vijayawada?"
"No. I'm from Hyderabad."
"Have you come for the interview?"
"No. It's young India fellowship interview"
After series of questions about my whereabouts, I have asked his reason of visit to Bangalore.
He said, I'm a writer, I've come here to give my books to the library.
That one word, "Writer" irked to prolong the conversation and know more about the person.
He seemed very old. 70 years may be. He sat up on his bed and I was standing across the room, listening to him.
"I write in Kannada and mostly science fiction."
We sat at 5.40 am to talk about books, writing and much more.
He is Hanmant Bhairatti. Retired LIC employee and a writer.
We went on with a conversation and he shared about his guru, "Rajashekar Bhushno Mutt," the one who guided him in the genre of science fiction.