October 24, 2017

Best Indian literary blogs in English in 2017

Indian English blogging is undergoing a sort of transformation. New, especially young, bloggers now create professional blogs as they no longer need blogging for their personal social media needs. Personal shares and networking are done on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram and other social networks, not on blogs.

People who are active in literature - both as readers and writers - mostly open blogs for satisfying their literary urge. Till some years back, literary blogging in India was limited to sharing one's own writings/ musings and about good books one had read. Then came authors who opened blogs to promote their books, and readers learned to use blogging for reviewing books on payment. Now many literary agencies and book publishers have opened blogs as part of their portals to share updates. Many bloggers  have created a blog to just express themselves through poetry and fiction. For published authors and those who want to take up literature/ writing as career, this works beautifully as extension of their literary life. 
  
The literature niche of Indian blogging is not as rich and engaging in English as in local languages, mostly because English is not the mother tongue of over 95% of Indians and they can express themselves much better in Indian languages. Some years back, we found that the professional/ earning segment of Indian literary blogging is even smaller because Indian bloggers were unable to monetize their content for two reasons: (i) digital transactions were not yet as prevalent as in the more developed societies, (ii) not many Indians regularly read English literature, and (iii) Indian web surfers were miserly when it came to paying for content. However, things have been changing fast: many more young people are now buying books and using e-readers to read digital books.


topmost 2 dozen literary blogs in India


We have taken out the topmost blogs out of ITB Blog Directory for 2017; we then did a lot of web search and found a few more excellent literary blogs. We present these best Indian literary blogs in English. We might have missed one or two. If you have seen such fine blogs, please tell us and we'll include them here.

ajaykontham - The Shaded Shadows
anieshabrahma - Aniesha's Musings
anureviews - Anu Reviews

artofleo - I Rhyme Without Reason

bookgeeks - bookGeeks
ddsreviews - b00k r3vi3ws
fatema - Life As Freya
geetaavij - Fabric of Life
inderpreetuppal - Inderpreet's Eloquent Articulation
jaiarjun - Jabberwock
kaapitimes - Hot Cup of Kaapi

knownturf - Known Turf 
literarism - Literarism
meotherwise - Me Otherwise
nishitak - Nishita's Rants and Raves
privytrifles - Reviews & Musings….

saffrontree - Saffron Tree
saurabhchawla - Saurabh's Lounge
shanayatales - Shanaya Tales
shoooonya - …shoooonya…
soumya-hintofme - LOL: Life Of Leo
sundarivenkatraman - Flaming Sun
tabularasabookblog - Tabula Rasa
the-long-walk-home - The Long Walk Home
thereaderscosmos - The Readers Cosmos

theshimsybookworm - The Whimsy Bookworm
uspandey - One Grain Amongst the Storm

vishytheknight - Vishy's Blog