onWriting was started by Jaibala (who has since left) and Saurabh (who continues to be the pillar on which the venture rests) to get authors to talk about writing, to get them to open the secrets of their craft. But it’s never just one thing with literature, is it? When I (Prakruti Maniar, writing under my pen name Sakhi) joined in 2016, I imagined it to become a comprehensive website to document so much happens in literature, in India and away, that goes unnoticed because a certain booklist did not cover it. Over 200 literature festivals take place in a year, across several languages. Robust, exciting work is being done in tribal language research. There is a dictionary now, to understand words of several tribal languages. Their stories are being recorded. And someone needs to talk about them.
“If you read what everyone is reading, you can only think what everyone is thinking.” So it is our vision to help readers pick up fabulous reads that mainstream listicles are not talking about. There is a vast knowledge on the fringes of the mainstream, and we invite publishers, writers, translators, folklorists, book designers, printing presses – everyone to contribute. It’s a good time to be doing so too, what with our literary prizes going mainstream, our regional-language authors getting recognition.
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