India's eager young readers
"Write about what you know," may be the oldest writing adage on record, but it is perhaps one that young Indian authors should take to heart. About half of India's one billion citizens are under the age of 25 and many are hungering to see themselves in the pages of the books they read.
Outside India , we may swoon over literary types like Salman Rushdie, Kiran Desai, Arundhati Roy, and Aravind Adiga, but inside India itself, despite winning the Booker Prize, Adiga's "The White Tiger" has sold only 100,000 copies. The heroes of young Indians are writers more along the lines of Chetan Bhagat (author of "One Night @ the Call Center") and Anuja Chauhan ("The Zoya Factor") who write stories grounded in the kind of middle-class urban settings that are familiar to many young Indian readers.