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RISE IN ENGLISH STUDIES The development of Indian English Literature goes back in 1608 during the Moghals rule. Even at that time, being under the rule of British, Indians (though not all ) had adopted English Language for understanding and awareness. Colored with Indian-ness, then the poems and other literature written by Indian writers in English had been welcomed across the country. British had such an impact on Indian mindset that speaking and writing a language like them had been treated as prestige. The actual development of Indian English Literature spur in 1830 with Kashiprasad Ghosh, who is recognized as a first Indian poet in English Literature. Sochee Chunder Dutt became the first writer of fiction in English. Political writing had an edge in most of the literary works. The same dominant feature can be found in Raja Ram Mohan Roy writing diversely on social issues, religions in sole English language. WOMEN FICTION WRITERS IN INDIA chillibreeze writer ? Jayalakshmi Thirugnanam Women writers in India are moving forward with their strong and sure strides, matching the pace of the world. We see them bursting out in full bloom spreading their own individual fragrances. They are recognized for their originality, versatility and the indigenous flavor of the soil that they bring to their work. ...read more.


But being a woman, however, she could not enjoy a regular morning-till-night working schedule. Her writing schedule was, on the contrary, a night-till-morning affair when the family had all gone to bed. Her working table was the kitchen table where she would cut up the vegetables, get the table cleared, and then, start typing. Though this working time-table reflected on her health, it did give her time to manage a home as well?a woman?s idea of an essential pre-requisite for a job. Anita Desai seems to have had a simple middle class upbringing with a German angle to it. Her mother, Toni Nime was of German origin. Perhaps that is why Desai has confluences of sorts in her writing. Shobha De, a controversial writer, has had diverse career roles ranging from model to columnist. All her published novels have been successful. Currently we have witnessed her make a literary transition from writing-projects based on a rather flashy, elite society with emphasis on its extra-marital affairs, to a more mature and rather philosophical work on life and the myriad of twists and turns in relationships. Sudha Murthy has reached her destination the hard way having shouldered many a responsibility on the way, including supporting her illustrious husband through it all. She has fulfilled her dreams, though it appears as though she has always taken the back seat in life. ...read more.


Her huge contribution in the birth and growth of Infosys is well known. Women writers in India not only sweep you off your feet with just their down-to-earth attitudes, but they also have you nodding with wisdom and agreement. Their leading ladies jerk the average Indian readers out of their typical Indian complacency regarding gender issues. One might tend to think of women writers only in a Mills and Boon context, but women writers in India have proved that they are made of sterner and more serious stuff than that. Our women writers have grappled with complex issues such as sensuality, servility, subjugation and society. They have handled them with a sense of balance, never disregarding our Indian traditions, yet discovering that there is more in the offing. Detailed intimate descriptions (marital or otherwise) have been an issue of controversy both with Kamala Das and Shobha De. When one goes through this kind of graphic literature, one is certainly struck by a sense of Déjà vu…haven’t we all witnessed or even played these scenes somewhere, sometime… in the backs of our heads? It takes a lot of grit or perhaps even a touch of arrogant defiance, for a woman writer, albeit an Indian woman writer, to express it in writing and place it on exhibition to the entire world! Women writers in India can no longer be claimed as the exclusive property of India. Their work and their art belong to the world. ...read more.

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