Tuesday, February 19, 2002

The latest issue of Outlook has an interesting cover story on how Indian language writers are reacting to the fame and fortune of Indian Writers in English (IWE).

Most of those in the former category are pretty contemptuous of IWEs.

Some choice quotes:

"They are such necromancers, creating something out of nothing."
- Marathi Author, Balachandran Nimade

"A third-rate serpent-and-rope trick."
- Rajendra Yadav, Hindi

"...It makes both the IWE and their readers intellectual pygmies."
- Gurdial Singh, Punjabi

"It’s like the sambhar served in a five-star hotel."
- B Jayamohan, Tamil

"I know why they write in English. It’s because they’re insecure in their own mother tongue."
- Sunil Gangopadhyay, Bengali

It's not a case of sour grapes, they insist. Methinks, it sure seems so.

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