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Why Brown loves both science & religion.

WHAT happens when the creator of historical thrillers, the man of science and religion and the king of symbols and secret passages -- Dan Brown -- comes to Delhi? A long file of fans waiting in anticipation for two hours, a jampacked auditorium and deafening applause every two minutes.

The much celebrated author whose hero symbologist Robert Langdon and his adventures have been dominating fiction charts for quite some time now, was in the Capital as the speaker of the Penguin Annual Lecture.

Amidst a hall full of Da Vinci Code lovers, the author took the stage to deliver his speech on Codes, Science and Religion.

" I don't speak very often in public. I've been looking for a perfect excuse to come to India and there could be nothing better than this," he started off.

Brown spoke about his tryst with the duel between science and religion since he was a child. " My mother was a choir conductor and my father, a mathematical professor," said Brown, who also displayed two licence plates that he had carefully preserved. One was out of his mom's car that said KYRIE ( meaning Lord in Greek) and the other that belonged to his dad that spelled out METRIC. " So," explained the author, " In our garage, there was a Volvo station wagon and a white mini van -- the ageold battle between science and religion starting right there in front of my blue bicycle." When one eager fan asked if Brown plans to bring Langdon to India, Brown joked: " Robert Langdon is very much around, but he's pretty much confused right now," adding that he would need a much deeper understanding of Indian mythology and symbols to get the symbologist to India.

He ended his talk to a spellbound audience on a positive note, " For our own survival, it is necessary to live with an open mind -- have dialogues with those who have different ideas. That's what my books ultimately intend to do."

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Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
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Date:Nov 11, 2014
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