New Delhi: Contemporary Indian popular fiction that narrates "desi" cosmopolitan stories has been mirroring the changing man-woman relationship in a more open and accepting urban India, a leading literary agent says.
Even 10 years ago, romantic novels spun stories about a man and one woman, whose sacrosanct monogamous love twisted and turned its way to the altar after epic struggles. Brazen romantic love as a subject of mass fiction was considered audacious in the middle-class conservatism of the 1970s-1980s.
However, when the globalised 1990s began to creep into "desi" books, the floodgates of love opened to include more complex themes with "emotional riddles, tangled relationships and even same sex love". In the decade of 2000, the cast of the tales grew younger in years as dark passionate secrets came tumbling out of cupboards - but with an essentially Indian feel.
Quite a lot of books are reflecting the changing romantic relationship in India, says literary agent Mita Kapur of Siyahi, which promotes contemporary young Indian literature....more
01:54 PM, May 16, 2012