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India's best literature blogs

Updated in October 2020
 
We have been bringing out a list of best literature blogs in India, in English, for the last 6 years. 

The present list includes the best literature blogs in 2020, maintained by individual bloggers or their enterprises. There are many other good blogs that we know of, but they could not be included as they are not regular in posting. 

Indian English blogging, like other online formats of expression and socialization, is constantly undergoing changes. New, especially young, bloggers now create professional blogs as they no longer need blogging for their personal social networking needs. For personal shares and networking, people prefer instant platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp.

People who are active in literature, whether as readers or writers, tend to 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. Poems, short fiction and responses to blogging contests (e.g. Friday musings) ruled the literary blogging sphere.


Then came authors who opened blogs to promote their books, and readers learned to use blogging for posting book reviews and earning from them. Many literary agencies and book publishers opened blogs as part of their portals to share updates. 

Much of the blogging in India on literature still remains hobby-centric, not professional, as people keep satisfying their urge for expression through blogging. However, now literary blogging is a wide field and is a good mix of various types of blogs, such as:
  • blogs by published authors
  • blogs created by those who want to take up literature/ writing as a career
  • book review blogs
    • standard blogs on book reviews
    • book reviews on sites such as GoodReads
  • literary blogs (even if they don't call them blog) in portals of newspapers/ magazines, publishers

Some years back, we found that it was difficult for Indian bloggers to earn from literature niche mostly because there were very few English book readers, and readers did not buy books online. In recent years, the number of English book readers, web surfers and online buyers has gone up significantly, and thus literary blogging in English is a paying niche in India.  

One last point to note is the language of Indian literary blogging. 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. Obviously, non-English writers can express themselves much better in their mother tongue than English-speakers whose mother tongue is not English.

Indian literature blogs
 
Here is the list of top 23 literature blogs in India. Blogs are arranged according to the operative part of their URL, in alphabetical order.

abhijitbhaduri - Abhijit Bhaduri
abracabadra - Abracabadra
akswrites - Akshata
anureviews - Book Reviews by Anuradha Goyal
bookgeeks - India's Best Book Blog
bookishelf - The Bookishelf
ddsreviews - Bookish Indulgences
geetaavij - Fabric of Life
inderpreetuppal - Inderpreet's Eloquent Articulation
jaiarjun - Jabberwock
kiranmanral - Kiran Manral
khyatigautam - Bookish Fame
maniparna - Scattered Thoughts
meotherwise - Me Otherwise
nishitak - Nishita's Rants and Raves
outsetbooks - Outset
preethivenugopala - A Writer's Oasis
preetishenoy - Preeti Shenoy
privytrifles - Lacuna
reviewbybookworms - Bookworm's Reviews
shanayatales - Shanaya Tales
soumya-hintofme - LOL: Life Of Leo
themystiquebooks - The Mystique Books

We also compile lists of top Indian blogs in other categories. Here are two for you as you seem to appreciate creativity: