Going Local: Indian Lit Focuses on Native Languages Over English

In English Language by Tolu Ogunlesi

While many of India’s internationally known authors write in English, national initiatives are focused on promoting India’s native language over English By Tolu Ogunlesi India has four Hindi speakers for every one English speaker. Yet “it is English language publishing in India that gets international — and Indian — attention,” lamented publisher Urvashi Butalia, on Thursday at a Frankfurt Book …

Oh, To Be in Rajasthan Today

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Jaipur Literature Festival starts today and looks to have a stellar line-up of authors, ranging from local celebrities such as Shobhaa De and Chetan Bhagat, to international starts like Alexander McCall Smith and Roberto Calasso. The event, now it its fifth year was co-founded by Indian writer Namita Gokhale and British travel writer William Dalrymple, and is …