Wait!A writer in the making:)
Earliest works of Indian literature were orally transmitted. Sanskrit and Tamil are two of the oldest Indian languages with Rig Veda (a collection of sacred hymns dated back to 1500-1200 BCE!) being the surviving historic work in Sanskrit and Agathiyam being the oldest surviving grammar book in Tamil.
Sanskrit has sadly now been reduced to a liturgical language which gave birth to many other dialects which are surviving till today while Tamil thrives as a modern everyday use language in India.
India ranks 4th in the list of countries with most number of spoken languages. This goes on to show how much of a penchant we have for literature. India has a rich mine of literature.
The Indian English literature began with authors like R K Narayan, Michael Madhusudan Dutt with works of fiction like Swami and his friends, Malgudi days which were read and loved by all.
Famous quotes about Indian literature
Since the Renaissance, there has been no event of such worldwide significance in the history of culture as the discovery of Sanskrit literature in the latter part of the 18th century ~Arthur A. Macdonell, A History of Sanskrit Literature Chapter 1
Hindu literature is especially rich in fables; indeed, India is probably responsible for most of the fables that have passed like an international currency across the frontiers of the world ~Will Durant, Our Oriental Heritage
India has as rich a culture, as creative an imagination and wit and humour as any China has to offer, and that India was China’s teacher in religion and imaginative literature, and the world’s teacher in trigonometry, quadratic equations, grammar, phonetics, Arabian nights, animal fables, chess, as well as in philosophy, and that she inspired Boccaccio, Goethe, Herder, Schopenhauer, Emerson, and probably also old Aesop ~The Wisdom of China and India – By Lin Yutang p. 3-4
With the advent of the internet, the scope of a career in writing has increased manifold. Professional writers have many varied job profiles.
- Editorial assistant
Courses and exams
Writing is a relatively lax profession. The most popular courses in India for a career in writing are B.A English (Hons), B.A Hindi and B.A mass communication. The duration of these may vary from 2 to 3 years depending on the college of choice. This can be followed up with an M.A post-graduation course
This profession can also be undertaken without any prior degree depending upon the person’s interest and abilities in the written language.
The other available courses in D.U can be looked up with the following link.
Level of difficulty
Writing, though one of the oldest professions, is still considered as a hobby in the Indian society. Hence, not much competition exists. Establishing it as an occupation is becoming easier with internet services.
Publishing your work is no problem.
Writing can be done in many fields. Publishing a fiction or non-fiction novel, autobiography, blogging about day to day topics, writing in a newspaper editorial, translation of works in different languages are some of the many available options in this line of work.
Pros and Cons
|1. The career in writing does not require any rigid timings. One can work at their own pace.||1. The pay, in the beginning, might not be sufficient to survive in today’s world ridden with inflation. However, with time and growth in the person’s repertoire, there might be a significant increase in the standard of living.|
|2. It is a very fulfilling profession and has the ability to influence a lot of people. There is no limitation to the influence of a well-written novel or article or poem.||2. This occupation requires a great deal of knowledge and the ability to research. A poorly written piece will have no power and may easily lead to the writer being written off. The relative returns on the amount of work put into the work are sometimes lesser than expected.|
|3. A writer work contrary to other occupations is one that survives for many generations and receives a lot of adulation and respect.||3.Writer’s block can be a deviant in achieving the necessary results. This can be a huge factor in slowing down the author’s career growth.|
The lifestyle in this profession can vary depending on the success of the person’s career as an author. Authors such as Dan Brown pursue teaching career along with writing which gives them a better perspective and an even better lifestyle.
Day to day timings are flexible in this occupation but deadlines can be a cause for concern. One has to consider whether they can work under the pressures of a looming deadline and still produce quality work.
Salary and growth perspective
Salary and growth perspective vary with the numbers of books you sell. A cap cannot be put on the amount of growth that can be achieved in this career. That being said, it is sometimes very tough to establish yourself and may lead to several years of struggle period.
This can be pursued as a side profession so as to help pay the bills and make survival easier.
- Arundhati Roy- The God of small things
- K. Narayan- Malgudi days, Swami and his friends
- Salman Rushdie– Midnight’s Children
- Jhumpa Lahiri- The namesake
- Chetan Bhagat- Five point someone, Revolution 20-20
- Kushwant Singh- Train to Pakistan, Delhi
- Ruskin Bond- The blue umbrella, A flight of pigeons
- Rabindranath Tagore- Kabuliwala, zamindar
- Shashi Tharoor- The great Indian novel, show business,
- Shobhaa De-Socialite evenings, Starry nights, Sethji
- Moni Mohsin- The diary of a social butterfly, Tender Hooks
- Mahatma Gandhi- My experiments with truth
Top publishing houses
- Jaico Publishing House
- Westland Publications
- Penguin Random House India
- Roli Books
- Rupa Publications
- Hachette India
- Aleph Book Company
- HarperCollins Publishers India
Creative, good writing skills, keen ability to observe nuances.