Having missed attending the first two weeks of the Indian Writing Festival held in Landmark, I was keen not to miss the final one in the series. The theme was ‘Indian Writing and its relevance in contemporaryIndia.’ Only three of the four panelists turned up and the discussion was moderated by Binoo k.John. All of them seem to be well known authors of quite a few books but I must confess that I haven’t read any of them. John set the ball rolling by touching upon Indian English and going into the various reasons as to why Indian authors are not a major draw compared to their western counterparts. One of the reasons for this was that the authors don’t deal with the under belly of the country. The women panelists thought this was the best time for any one aspiring to write a book because of the recession facing the west where a number of book shops had to close down and that any work of fiction with Love as its theme would sell the fastest today where Tradition was passé.
In the interaction that followed which appeared livelier than the discussion itself, the audience raised questions about the reviewer’s role in relation to the worthiness of the book, how lucrative was writing a book, future of E books etc. The air conditioning could have been more effective to add to the audiences’ comfort, (I could see a few walking out complaining about the stuffiness).
n.meera raghavendra rao