Popular writer Thampy Antony has lashed out at the management of Mar Athanasius Engineering College at Kothamangalam, where he is an alumnus, as the management denied permission to hold the release of his debut novel Bhoothathankunnu at a seniors’ get-together in the college on Tuesday.
In a social media post, Mr. Antony criticised the management for “thinking the book would misguide the younger generation.”
“Back in the 1970s, when I was a civil engineering student of the college, life was a lot more free and exciting. Our hostel did not even have a warden and we could walk in and out any time of the day or night. But I understand that these days, colleges are treating students as if they are in a boarding school. Unfettered freedom actually brings in a sense of self-control, but rigorous discipline foments unsavoury tendencies,” said Mr. Antony
College Principal Soosan George, however has another shade to share, she said “He had given a copy to former professor P.M. George and me, but Mr. George told me later that it contained some disparaging remarks about a former faculty member who is no more. That is why we decided not to have it released on the campus. We are not against him releasing the book elsewhere”.
Mr. Antony has been a prolific short story writer lately thanks to digital technology. His is currently working on his second novel. He had shown his talent in film industry too as a producer as well as an actor.
This title was released at the 25th DC International Book Fair and cultural fest held at kochi.