The authors from India have inspired young and old generation with their works. We have seen how Indian writers got respect from global readers. They have dominated world of English literature. They have got national reputation from their books in regional languages. We must mention Indian authors in English and respect them. Sri Narendra Modi in an update at Twitter praised the Indian authors and compared them with the saints. The saints are a part of our rich cultural heritage.
The Indian authors have shared our societal norms to western readers. They have shared our society customs through their short stories, novels, etc. They are quite dedicated like saints. They wrote about Indian culture traits. Many writers got recognition for their unique writing style. Many writers got international awards.
To discuss about some Indian writers, we have to start with
1) R.K. Narayan : He is regarded as the best Indian writer in English. His novels and short-stories are praiseworthy. He has created interest in short story reading among middle-class Indians. He has created a fictional town known as Malgudi. Sri Narayan is a fiction writer. Some of the books of R.K. Narayan are “Swami and Friends”, “The Guide”, “A Tiger for Malgudi”, “The English Teacher”, etc. The most famous book of Sri R.K. Narayan is – “Malgudi Days”.
2) Mulk Raj Anand : He is a great Anglo-Indian fiction writer. Through his writing, he has highlighted poorer castes in Indian society. He caught the attention of the global readers for the first time. His first novel “Untouchable” was published in 1935. He also wrote “The Village”, “Coolie”, and “The Private Life of an Indian Prince”. He is a great author and all his works are worth reading.
3) Arundhati Roy : She has achieved international recognition as a writer. She received the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1998. She was awarded for her novel “The God of Small Things”. In the beginning of her career, she started writing screenplays for movies and television.She became a popular writer in English. Some works of Arundhati Roy like “The Algebra of Infinite Justice”, “Listening to Grasshoppers” and “Broken Republic” also gained reputation.
4) Jhumpa Lahiri : She is a reputed Indian author. Her first short story collection was “Interpreter of Maladies”. It was published in 1999. She won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the O. Henry Award. She wrote three books e.g. “The Namesake”, “Unaccustomed Earth” and “The Lowland.” They had been shortlisted for 2013 Man Booker Prize. Her writing shows her simple style of writing. There are Indian immigrant characters in her works.
5) Salman Rushdie : He is a controversial writer. He is popular for his work named “The Satanic Verses.” It instigated Muslim community all over the world, then Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran declared a fatwa. He was awarded Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II . He contributed significantly to Indian literature. The reputed works are “Midnight’s Children”, “Luka and the Fire of Life”, “Shalimar the Clown”, and “The Enchantress of Florence”. His fictions are centered around Indian themes. They have a combination of reality and history.
6) Manohar Malgaonkar : He is a contemporary of R.K. Narayan. He contributed significantly in Indian writing in English. He specialized in mysteries and thrillers. At that time, Indians were not accustomed to it. He became the pioneer of this genre. He wrote books like “Spy in Amber”, “A Bend in the Ganges”, “Bandicoot Run”, “Cactus Country”, etc. He had the potential of becoming an international name in mystery and thriller writing. His works can be compared with Jeffrey Archer, Clive Cussler and James Patterson.
The great Indian authors at present are Vikram Seth, Kiran Desai, Rajarao, Anita Desai, V.S. Naipaul, Khushwant Singh, Amitav Ghosh, Sudha Murthy, etc. They have contributed significantly to literature in English in India. Some of the noted Indian writers of mythological fiction are Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Krishna Udayasankar, Anand Neelakantan, Aroon Raman, etc.
In Hinduism, we respect our saints. Shri Narendra Modi had compared Indian authors with saints for their dedication. Saints are individuals who have experienced spiritual development. They can help others get liberation or moksha. They can help others get into spiritual state in this life or after death. The saints have special abilities, e.g. giving darshan. Darshan is a capability of transferring blessings from the guru to the disciple. They can make this transfer through glance or with the help of mantra. Our authors, in the same way, can take their readers in a different world of imagination. Some Gurus have the capability to enter the dream world of a disciple. In this way, they can transfer initiation or teach them. Through writing, Indian authors have taken their readers in another world. The gaze of a guru can create a significant spiritual experience in the disciple. The students feel an atmosphere of spirituality around their teacher. This changes their perceptions and moods in positive ways.
The pictures of gurus shown here can be seen throughout India on private and public altars. Along with the images of saints, there are one or more Hindu gods. The guru is sometimes regarded as an avatar or incarnation of a God. Human gurus get honor and respect equivalent to God. Indian authors in the same way, get respect from Indian readers because they create a beautiful world of imagination. They sometimes represent reality of our lives in a new way through their literary style. It is truly an act of a divine being. The genuine guru has the capacity and wisdom. He can guide a disciple. He can take away his suffering. He can help him /her get spiritual freedom. He can show him/her a heavenly paradise.
Sri Narendra Modi made the right comparison at Twitter. He updated his message with the praise on Indian Authors as saints. The saints are dedicated in the service of God and they respect human beings and understand their nature. Indian writers can understand the audience and write appropriately. The modern Indian writers are getting the limelight for their excellent writing skills. Through literature, we can express ourselves fully using the characters.0