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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

India: All Write, that's enough - Raja M

this is a follow up on the earlier post:)

here is an interesting article on indians writing in english. - t

Penguin opened shop in India with seven titles in 1987, but currently has more than 2,000 titles. Penguin India, Asia's largest English-language publisher, declared that it is targeting US$50 million sales this year.

From Mulk Raj Anand, R K Narayan, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie, and Vikram Seth to Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri, Arundhati Roy and Vikram Chandra, India has its fair share of successful resident or, more usually, non-resident writers of English fiction.

Dean Mahomed (1759-1851) may not be too familiar to the nominating committee for the Nobel literature prize, but he is credited as being the first Indian author in English, as well as opening the first Indian restaurant outside India (in England).

The unassuming R K Narayan (1906-2001) lived to be one of the finest Indian writers in English, with his honest, delightful novels set in the fictitious southern Indian town of Malgudi and narrated in simple English spiced with his special sardonic brand of humor. He is probably the only Indian author in English whose novels were translated into a hit Hindi movie (Guide) and a prime-time television serial (Malgudi Days).

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