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The Manuscript

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The dictionary defines the term ‘manuscript’ as ‘an author’s handwritten or typed text that has not yet been published’. In fact, I am writing one right now, sitting here on the balcony after a long and weary day. Any author, whether that of a book, novel or column, goes through this phase, when they go over their content again and again till they can get it just right.

There are hundreds of manuscripts in the author’s head. While some he may choose to write down, others he might be too apprehensive about sharing with the world.

Other people obviously cannot access the ideas and thoughts in the writer’s head, however, they can have access to anything the author might have written down. Now you might not agree with the contents of their manuscript, you also cannot prosecute them for something that has not been officially published. Just like we do not arrest criminals for thinking about a crime, likewise, even if one has authored the most controversial of words, it is not punishable under........

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