I read a hilarious parody The Great Indian Righter recently and it gave me some insights into the rise of the current breed of Indian authors.
I had an epiphany in a popular book-store last year. The revelation happened when I had scrolled through at least twenty books in the Indian writing section – all of them seemed the same! They all had glossy covers, were priced under Rs 150, had clichéd plots (mostly rom-com or college campus related) and all claimed to be bestsellers. The rise of the Indian authors and their claim to be bestsellers made me curious and I delved deeper into the mystery.
Upon cursorily going through the book pages, I could find grammatical errors and ridiculous sentence formation in almost all of them. And yet all the shelves in the book-stores were inundated by these Indian authors.
The readers of our website would know that we have often been perplexed at the “Greatest Indian Writer” (allegedly) and his likes. This sense of bewilderment at the popularity of some of the Indian authors was compounded when I attended a literary festival recently.
A Literary Festival with prominent Indian authors was an Eye-Opener
In one of the panel discussions featuring best-selling Indian authors, a young man was introduced as being India’s best known romantic writer. He was asked a question by the emcee about the lack of characterization and grammatical mistakes in his books. His verbatim answer (I jest not) was: “When you go to a sabzi mandi, you have option of buying potatoes from different vendors. Customer can decide which vendor to buy potatoes from. Similar is for readers. Let them decide.”
I agree with the free will claim, but what if the vendor is selling potatoes claiming superior quality and you buy them only to realize later that they were rotten from inside? This cryptic comment from the author made me buy his book. After reading a couple of chapters of the book, I was disillusioned from reading Indian authors ever again.
My Rendezvous with the Hilarious Parody – The Great Indian Righter
However every cloud has a silver lining. Recently I came across a delightful parody on Hinglish Fiction called “The Great Indian Righter”. It was recommended by a friend and I decided to buy it after reading the prologue. It’s a hilarious take on what is happening on the Indian fiction scene today and has managed to parody two of the biggest bestsellers by juxtaposing the personalities of the authors in a plot!
For all its humor and parody, The Great Indian Righter is a socially relevant book as the author (Babloo Wanaby, probably a nom de plume) gives an insight into a few secrets employed by new authors to quickly manipulate the system. Ever wondered how a badly written book goes into the bestseller list of reputed book-stores or amazon bestsellers? I used to wonder the same and The Great Indian Righter provided the answers.
The Rise of the Indian Authors – Churan Bhogal, Robin Singh and the Secret 5K Rule!
The book has hilariously traced the journey of “Churan Bhogal” and “Robin Singh” as they embark on their quest to become bestselling Indian authors using their management knowledge and the secret 5K rule (an eye opener) which can catapult any new author to popularity and stardom. The book literally left me in splits but for all its humor. It is quite serious in dispensing its message. Like a good parody, it mocks the rise of Indian authors, the tribe of Hinglish fiction and the publishers. But most importantly, the book mocks itself.
Ignorance is NOT Bliss
What has happened in the past decade to Indian publishing has remained a puzzle. There is a scintillating conversation in the climax of The Great Indian Righter between two commissioning editors of two major publishing houses at the Jabalpur Literary festival. The scene in which they discuss the downfall of Indian fiction, yet in the next moment are fawning over “Churan Bhogal” and “Robin Singh” to get them in their camp was hilarious.
The “imitators” who take inspiration from badly written books and employ innovative marketing techniques to inundate the already compromised Indian fiction scenario is a real problem that should concern us all. I was curious which was the third book parodied in The Great Indian Righter – “Oh Shit not you again!” by Sikandar (an imitator who gives Churan Bhogal and Robin Singh a run for their money).
I researched on the book and realized that there is an actual book that has become a bestseller! After reading the reviews of the book, I realize that The Great Indian Righter has researched the topic well before penning this hilarious parody.
The book is only available in kindle edition, but I hope the author releases this on paperback to reach a wider audience. This is a message that should not get crumpled under the weight of the “fast food fiction” being churned out now-a-days.
A sample of the Prologue of the book:
I am the Great Indian Righter and I am pleased to inform you that I am another entrant contributing to the plethora of useful and profound fiction that is being churned by so many talented Indian writers who have taken the bowels out of the vowels.
Now that everyone seems to have pandered to this molestation of the language, I take delight in telling you that my book titled, “I HAD TOO MANY LOVE STORIES: NOW I AM DECLARED MENTAL IN 2 STATES” is already a self-proclaimed internationally national best seller.
With every Tom’s Dick Hurriedly writing a book, I too was seized with inspiration to share the story of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my hurt for reading intense story written using all queen’s language stored in my cerebrum rectum.
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