To name a few, there are the authors of books who hold canonical hegemony of India during partition such as Sadat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chughtai.
Indian literature is incomplete without their names. They are writers who would possibly pen down epic poems on paper over the span of several cups of chaai and an occasional cigarette. Their mode of publishing was primarily printed physical books.
Evidently, the digital interface has provided two forms of development to authors to help proliferate their readership: electronic media is the fastest and possibly the most efficient mode, and the medium has physically changed the scope of printed book.
Towards the more modern day we are acquainted with award-winning and internationally acclaimed names like Aravind Adiga, Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai, and Salman Rushdie who although started out as authors who published physical books but have grown to electronic mediums as well. Their books can electronically be accessed anywhere.
E-books are accessible anywhere across the globe making it the most portable medium of printed content apart from being lightweight and eco-friendly.
However, the generation that has truly savoured the fruits of the technological era are the younger authors like Amish Tripathi, Avalok Langer, Chetan Bhagat, Durjoy Dutta, Ira Trivedi, Janice Pariat, Judy Balan, Kanishk Tharoor, Meena Kandasamy, Meghna Pant, Nidhi Dugar Kundalia, Nikita Singh, Palash Krishna Mehrotra, Preeti Shenoy Samhita Arni, Sachin Garg, Sudeep Nagarkar, just to name few.
While their style of writing is the more popular coffee table books, the accessibility of their books is quicker than a coffee. Popularly available as e-books and audio books, our younger writers certainly show the zeal of producing texts worth the read.
The evolution of Indian authors from physical books to e-books and audio books has been remarkable but what is even more remarkable is that whether text was produced on a copper plate or palm leaf, or whether it is accessible at the touch of a screen, writing and reading are two complimentary essence of the world of books that lives on to create a more though-oriented populous.
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