Indian authors impose self censorship: Jeet Thayil

Jeet Thayil

Most Indian authors self-censor their writings as they are worried about "their papajis, mamajis and uncles" believes author Jeet Thayil whose name is on this year's Booker Prize shortlist.

"Indian writers are not encouraged to experiment or take risks. They prefer writing cliche stuff that has already been written" says the author of "Narcopolis" told PTI.

According to Thayil, his book, which was published in London, got better reviews among readers in India because it could connect to the way the youth today thinks, the language they use but he said "unfortunately only few or almost no such books are published here."

Thayil was in the national capital to participate in the Delhi leg of the two city Kovalam Literature Festival.

"In India you will hear certain words 15 times in a day but you will never read them in pages of a literary novel. What is the point who if you can't put words into your book that you hear daily?," says the author whose novel was rejected by multiple Indian publishers.

"Many authors do not write what they want to. Authors should not worry about what others think. They should worry about the book only, says the author who downplayed the hype and growing expectation about winning the Booker, whis is scheduled to be announced on October 16.

"I have an outside chance to win it. All others have inside chance. That is how I want to look at it," says Thayil. who has begun work on a sequel to his first novel.

Meanwhile the KLF, whose second leg will be in Thiruvananthapuram for two days from October 6 will feature a lecture by human rights activist Binayak Sen and his wife Illena, besides writers such as Timeri N Murari, Sonia Faleiro, N S Madhavan, Benyamin, C P Surendran, Biman Nath, Naresh Fernandes and Aroon Raman, as well as film critic Anna M M Vetticad and photographer Amit Pasricha.

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