Even though I don’t mean this article to be something very series or hurt sentiments of anyone, seems like that is exactly what is going to happen. Because I’m gonna put forth the truth about Indian literature in a very ruthless way.

The number of books written and published throughout the world is rising at a pace not even a very frantic reader can keep up with. So many books get published that the TBR lists of the readers are overflowing. Not to forget the great books already written and present in the list of books they already want to read. But is the quality of the books at par with their number? I really don’t think so in case of Indian literature.

In India, everyday new authors are coming up with their books. Seems like in the last decade or so, the youth has received a lot of motivation to write books. I’d like to give the credit of this motivation to authors like Chetan Bhagat, Durjoy Datta and Amish Tripathi. And I don’t mean that in a sarcastic manner at all. Okay, may be a little. But these guys have written books which are at least not self-published (no, there is no proof that self-published books aren’t good, but you know what I mean). I personally love ‘The shiva trilogy’ by Amish Tripathi. And must’ve like a couple of books each by Chetan Bhagat and Durjoy Datta as well (yeah!).

Then why am I not happy with how the Indian literature has turned out? Well, I feel that taking inspiration from some writers who did great (at least commercially) even with genres like romance, they wanted to write books of their own. But what is lacking is the level of research and quality they put into their books. Even genre like mythology has been one of the favourites of Indian readers. But even here the authors just want to commercialize their books and not all of them bother about the content.

But, you know what is worse than all of this? That the readers are enjoying reader stories with poor content. The other day, I was doing some research on Amazon. Guess what I found? Really bogus love stories had so many and so good ratings on Amazon. I know I am no one to judge the taste of someone. But I really feel that these readers are missing out on something really fabulous that lays beyond these cheesy, boring than life love stories (I’ve got to admit that I’ve read a few of them when I begun reading). Some of these feel like they have been written by a 13-year-old and the effort put in editing is literally zero.

There are a few good writers here, that’s what gives me some relief. And their energy is just so visible from the quality. And let’s not forget the great authors like Khushwant Singh, Sudha Murthy, Arundhati Roy, Anita Desai and Amitav Ghosh. These guys are the gems of Indian literature. Sadly, the number of other writers surpasses the number of these good ones by a big, big margin. It just pains me to see that there are hardly any books by Indian authors on genres such as fantasy, horror or science-fiction. Are the authors of today just focused on publishing more books without caring about the content? All these facts just bring me down to one question: what is the reason? Can anyone try and answer it for me?

*Sits and waits for abusive comments for being a ruthless jackass who sits in her self-righteousness*


21 thoughts on “Why contemporary Indian literature is in danger

  1. From what I can see, books like these are being published more and more because they are selling and being read by amateur readers. Mislead marketing may also be a part of it. What’s sad is the lack of concern by the majority of publishing houses by the type of content they publish and how little effort they put in terms of editing and research

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    1. Yeah!! Seems like people think they can become a published author just like that. Oh, and don’t forget the self-published books. A bit of capital, and you are a published author!


  2. So true! I hardly read books by Indian writers. I read them only when a trustworthy reviewer praise book and have written quality review or was published by big publishers like penguin. Thing is after reading so many international books when I open a page of book I can easily say it’s written by Indian author or not, even without seeing who is author. I can easily see they don’t try different
    or go more into English literature even though I’m not literature expert. But I’m reader I can see the difference. Great post!

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    1. It’s good to know that there are people who realise this. And same goes for me. Even I don’t pick up a book by contemporary Indian author easily. Thing is, how do we aware the amateur readers of the same? That they identity and read the few good books by Indian authors?

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  3. Sadly it’s true. But recently I have discovered some good contemporary authors and so my hope is revived. I read two books by Kavita Kane which were really good. I am reading my second book from Anuja Chauhan and I loved her writing style. Preeti Shenoy’s ‘A hundred little flames’ was another pleasant surprise. Twinkle Khanna is another writer to look forward too. So yes, there is a whole lot of disappointing chicklit writers but then there are a few gems in between whose writing is sheer pleasure.

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    1. I’ve only read preeti shenoy out of these and really loved her writing. And you’ve mentioned twinkle khanna before also. I’ll definitely try anuja chauhan and kavita Kane as well!


  4. You’ve told the reality. And it’s quite sad that we’ve such a big book market but the quality of the books coming out is not at all good. Only about 25% of the releases are actually worth reading.

    And it’s actually quite sad to see shitty books getting good ratings on Amazon. People are really missing on something great out there.

    I hope the situation improves…

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  5. How could you classify these books as “literature” is my only complaint. Otherwise you have pretty good concern regarding contemporary reading consumption of Indians. To be in all fairness these are inherent successor of daily soap operas and there’s nothing much one can interfere with the people’s choices but holds on to hope it gets better.
    As once Salman Rushdie said in an interview about contemporary literary condition that India has a very small circle of readers with literary interest and even that circle is conflicted about it.

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  6. There is a significant overabundance of romance novels. While I do enjoy the genre from time to time, it is simply because I am looking for a simple read. When I really want to READ a book, I prefer thought provoking work that requires me to evaluate what I’ve taken from that story.

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  7. This is a very important issue that you have raised. Gone are the days when people like Khushwant Singh used to write books. The content that Indian authors nowadays present in their books isn’t enjoyable and it is more commercial in outlook. And yes, I agree with you on Amish’s books. He is really good.

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