India's best literary blogs in 2020

Updated in September 2020
We have been bringing out a list of best literary blogs in India, in English, for the last four years. 

The present list includes the best such blogs in 2020. 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 niches, 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 reviewing books on payment. Many literary agencies and book publishers opened blogs as part of their portals to share updates. 

Much of literary blogging in India still remains hobby-centric, not professional, as people keep satisfying their urge for expression through blogging. However, now literary blogging is a good mix of various types of blogs:
  • blogs by published authors
  • blogs created by those who want to take up literature/ writing as 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 bloggers to earn from literary 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 pays 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. Non-English writers can express themselves much better in their mother tongue than English-speakers whose mother tongue is not English.

Indian blogs on literature
Here is the list of top 20 literary blogs. Blogs are arranged according to the operative part of their URL, in alphabetical order.

abhijitbhaduri - Abhijit Bhaduri
akswrites - Akshata
anieshabrahma - Aniesha's Musings
anureviews - Book Reviews by Anuradha Goyal
ddsreviews - b00k r3vi3ws
geetaavij - Fabric of Life
inderpreetuppal - Inderpreet's Eloquent Articulation
jaiarjun - Jabberwock
kiranmanral - Kiran Manral
maniparna - Scattered Thoughts
meotherwise - Me Otherwise
nishitak - Nishita's Rants and Raves
preethivenugopala - A Writer's Oasis
preetishenoy - Preeti Shenoy
privytrifles - Lacuna
rakhijayashankar - Outset
saurabhchawla - Saurabh's Lounge
shanayatales - Shanaya Tales
soumya-hintofme - LOL: Life Of Leo
themystiquebooks - The Mystique Books

1 comment:

  1. Hello. All these are good. Me and my team also run a literary blog please do check it. And if it fits your criteria. Do add our name in the list.


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