3 Reasons why Indian popular literature is stagnant
Articles / October 10, 2017

Indian popular literature is strange. It has a rich tradition of writers and poets that were universally acclaimed and the country’s tryst with words for entertainment,  reform and revolution have been spectacular in the past. This is also the country whose most popular current entries in fiction are various tiring variations of cliched romances. These are filled with trite dialogue and one dimensional over the top characters.  What happened? Let us try and understand the reasons why the current crop of Indian books are both substandard and stagnating the growth of literature. 1) Readers While Indian collective conscious has managed to place enormous importance on education, very less of this respect has trickled down to the act of reading. While everyone wanted their children to be well educated, very few wanted their children to be well read. This has led to a generation of youth who are all educated but are not well read. Indian youth have only recently re-discovered reading, thankfully to the likes of Chetan Bhagat and Durjoy Datta to give credit where it is due. These authors still act as the gateway drug to reading to a lot of young Indians. But while this is a good…