There is no dearth of Indian authors who write in English language, as of today. But it was not same a century ago. English literature and writing was still in its nascent phase in India and most of the Indian writers were either used to be Indian born British or Britain educated Indians. The list includes exponents such as George Orwell, Rudyard Kipling, Jim Corbett, Tagore and Sarojini Naidu among others.
The post independence decades were largely dormant with only few names such as Nirad C Chaudhuri and R K Narayan inciting curiosity if any. It was as late as early eighties that the new breed of writers such as Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth, Amitabh Ghosh and Anita Desai started popping upon the international literary map. The new breed of authors and writers who emerged in post reform era carried the initiative forward. These writers have created a niche for themselves among the readers across the globe and have given signal loud and clear that they are here to stay. The list includes the likes of Pankaj Misra, William Dalrymple, Chetan Bhagat, Anurag Mathur, Kiran Desai, Kamla Das, Hari Kunzuru, Jhumpa Lahiri and Arundhati Roy among others.
Amitav Ghosh, a pioneer of English literature in India, was born in Calcutta (Now Kolkata) in the year 1956. Amitav Ghosh has been raised and educated at the same time in as different locations as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Egypt, India and the United Kingdom.
Born Eric Arthur Blair to an Anglo-Indian parent in the year 1903, George Orwell had a deep connection with India. It was in a barn in some sleepy village of Motihari district of the then Bihar that George Orwell had first tryst with the human world. His father, a famous Indigo planter of Champaran, wanted him to sail for England to study.
Jim Corbett, a colonel in the British Indian Army, was best known for being a hunter, conservationist and naturalist. He held the honor of...