Jaipur: Vijaydan Detha, popularly known as the ‘Shakespeare of Rajasthan’ is one of the leading contender in the race of prestigious Nobel Prize in the field of literature which is likely to be announced by October 6. 

Reacting to the question regarding his nomination in the race of the prestigious award, Detha said “I may or may not get the Nobel Prize, but each of my stories is 100 percent Nobel-worthy.”

The literary works of Detha who is also known as Bijji include Bataan ri Phulwari (Garden of Tales), a 14-volume collection of stories that draws on folklore and spoken dialects of Rajasthan. 

His stories and novels have been adapted for many plays and movies, including Habib Tanvir’s legendary ‘Charandas Chor’ and Amol Palekar’s ‘Paheli’, which was the official entry of India to the Oscars.

After an accident in 2007, Detha stopped writing.

JPN/Bureau