Indian Writing in English

1144 WordsFeb 19, 20185 Pages
Chapter 1 Introduction Indian writing in English has a comparatively short but highly stimulating history. In 1793, Sake Dean Mahomed wrote conceivably the first book by an Indian in English, called The ‘Travels of Dean Mahomed’. However, most early Indian writing in English was non-fictional work, such as biographies and political essays. This began to change in the late 1800s, when famous Indian authors who wrote mostly in their mother tongue, began to try their hand at writing in English. In the early 1900s, Rabindranath Tagore began translating his works from Bengali to English. During the start of 1917 Dhan Gopal Mukerji wrote a number of stories mostly for children with Indian setup. He was honored with the Newbery medal in 1928 for Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon. Soon after, a whole new generation of Indian authors, who wrote almost exclusively in English appeared. Starting in 1935 with R.K. Narayan’s most famous collection titled Swami and Friends and Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable followed by Raja Rao’s book Kanthapura in 1938.The thing that distinguished Narayan’s, Anand’s and Rao’s works from the Indian authors before them was the use of Indianess in their work which can be very well seen in terms of the words and style they used. They also brought forward the story of the Indian common man. This gave birth to new ranks of Indians reading English literature. Their works were the precursors to the magnificent
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