The Decline of Indian Independence and the Rise of the Ayatollahs
I regret to say that, in 2014, I feel that the decline of Indian independence continues (and not just with the takeover of independent newspapers and media organization by business tycoons); few dare to question power, especially the power of publishers: mostly, this silence is for selfish reasons, and the result of cowardice.
And so, if you write a courageous book that dares the Big Boys ... you're on your own, kiddo (and when the Big Boys are aware of this, aware that it is being done in their name, by their worshippers and chelas, they become collaborators in Ayatollah-ism). I'm curious: if we had a world championship to decide on the Supreme Ayatollah, who would win: India, Iran, or the West?
But if you do care about freedom, and equal freedom for writers of all ethnic origins and nationalities, four books I would recommend, with humility (I believe that, as an author, I am a mere instrument, I write compulsively, and the inspiration comes from "above"; I take no personal credit for any of these, I was driven, often to act against my material interests)--all of these books, directly or in their execution, argue for the right of Indian writers to write like any other writers in the world, without being pigeonholed, typecast, subjected to literary apartheid, and restricted to the ghetto of "exotic" writing:
The Revised Kama Sutra;
Beauty Queens, Children and the Death of Sex;
Impressing the Whites; and
The Killing of an Author.
By the way, a few of these books are available at Createspace, or in their paperback/hardcover first editions, at:
Writers and Books, University Avenue, Rochester, New York