Former Chatsworth man stays true to his roots

Pravasan Pillay proudly displays a copy of his recently launched book, which focuses on Chatsworth and its people.

A former Montford resident, who is now living in Sweden, is on a mission to put his hometown on the map after successfully launching his published novel, entitled ‘Chatsworth’, recently.

Through this gesture, Pravasan Pillay (40) has proven that it is important for one to always remember their roots. During an interview, he explained that he was inspired by residents of Chatsworth.

He said, “The book is entitled ‘Chatsworth’ and I believe that the township and its vibrant residents were my primary inspiraton. I grew up in Chatsworth so I am very familiar with the area. I don’t live in Chatsworth anymore however, having some distance, helped me write about it better.”

According to Pillay, Chatsworth is an interesting place and community and he would like to see more stories of this nature being published.

“Personally, one of the things I am interested in is Durban-Indian English and what I tried to do in my book is depict this language in a respectful and accurate manner. We have a tendency to look down on Chatsworth-English but it is actually quite a beautiful, nuanced language,” he proudly said.

The author, who is a humble individual and cares a great deal about his community, added, “We need to take more pride in it. My book is not about big issues though, it is about ordinary, working-class people, people on the margins of society, and what I tried to do is offer a brief glimpse into their lives.”

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Pillay spent a great amount of time on the short story novel and is excited to see his work finally printed.
While growing up, the avid reader spent a lot of time at the library and attributes his success to his family and teachers.

“I had a very good support system growing up. Even though we didn’t have that much money, my mother always took me to the library and bought me books and comics whenever she could. I would also single out three English teachers I had, Mrs J Naidoo from Pinewood Primary and Mr SP Naidoo and Mr RV Pillay from Brindhaven Secondary.

They were really very gentle, smart and supportive. I don’t think you can ask for more as pupil. That said, there is also many more people, who have helped me develop as a writer.”

The passionate author believes that he is a success in his own right and advises aspiring writers to read and create their own content.

Pillay has been nurturing his talent since he was about nine-years-old and was proud to note that the book is getting out there in the world and has been receiving really good feedback thus far.

The Stockholm resident is currently working on another collection of stories, which are also set on Chatsworth. The recently launched book will be available for purchase at the Career Expo held at the Nelson Mandela Chatsworth Youth Centre on Saturday, May 19.

In addition to this, Pillay has also published another book which is a collection of co-written comedic short stories called ‘Shaggy’. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking and tucking into bunny chows.  To purchase the book, contact Clive Pillay on 061-429-2574 or 081-429-2574.

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Bianca Lalbahadur

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