My father used to tell me a story which he read in his school days. I found later that it was written by Leo Tolstoy. It's about a greedy peasant who desired more land though he has enough. At the end of the story, my father used to ask me a question which is the title of the story itself: "How much land does a man need?" The fable ends with the burial of the dead peasant in an ordinary grave only six feet long, thus ironically answering the above question as "Six feet from his head to his heels was all that he needed." I didn't understand the moral then, but it is clear to me now.
This story always triggers in me the interest towards stories that depict human reality. I have always believed that Indian literature is comparatively an enormous treasure of such tales. The diversity in the form of different cultures, traditions and languages add more value to it. Hence, I started exploring Indian literature.
There are 23 official languages in India, including English. I have started reading Indian literature on 21st March 2018, with a target to read atleast one book each from these languages, preferably their English translations.
This series of Indian reads is dedicated to my father, who always followed the moral of that fable, and never acquired any worldly possessions for himself till death.
From being a beginner reader starting to explore Indian writings to being a bibliophile who might be the first one to read the writings from all official Indian languages, thanks to everyone who encouraged me. Thanks to all the bibliophiles for your love toward books.
For detailed list of my Indian reads, find the link in my bio.
Each of these Indian reads have a distinct essence. They take us to different time and place everytime. I can describe as much as I can about these regional writings, but that still won't do justice. Maybe I will try that on some other day in a different post.
Until then, Happy Reading.
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