India: literature a victim of perception?

Politely turning down the request of the organisers, noted author Mridula Gargchoose to speak in Hindi at the opening session of Day 2 at the Hyderabad Literary Festival on Saturday. “I was told that many attending the event here do not understand Hindi and I should therefore speak in English. But then, it isn’t like everybody understands English either,” Garg quipped, as she went on to highlight the plight of Hindi literature and its still-standing custodians.“I did not find a single copy of my books in the city,” the writer, who has close to two dozen books to her credit, joked, though her concern about the fading sheen of Indian languages was rather grave. Hindi, incidentally, is the language in focus at the three-day literary gathering.

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