Voracious reader Shruthi Dileep observes that whereas writers in lots of Indian languages, particularly Malayalam and Tamil, have loads of publications, online and print, to showcase their literary creations, the house for Indian writers in English is sort of restricted.
To do her mite, Shruthi and her buddy Richu Jain launched Reading Room Co., an online publication platform for new writers to launch their creations, whether or not or not it’s poetry, fiction or non-fiction. Budding authors and poets can add their works on to the location.
A post-graduate in Sociology from Manipal University, Shruthi says that whereas she was capable of learn new Malayalam writers in lots of magazines within the language, the identical was not the case with these writing in English. “Many of my friends were writing fiction and poetry. However, leaving aside a couple of publications, there was no way they could publish their works for wider readership. There are few websites offering a platform for fiction. College magazines carry some pieces but that are read mostly by students and not easily accessible to other readers,” factors out Shruthi.
While she takes care of the literary facet, Canada-based Richu, an engineer, takes care of the technical features. “Within less than a month, we got more than 30 uploads. I expected about ten views and a few submissions. But the response has been overwhelming. We got more than 6,000 views,” says Shruthi talking over telephone from Kottayam.
Reading Room has additionally been carrying writer-translator J Devika’s excellent translation of choose quick tales of late Okay Saraswathy Amma. “No, it is not click bait,” laughs Shruthy. “Devika has been kind enough to give these stories to us. I discovered her stories while in college. Her stories and characters bowled me over. She was such a radical. But I found that while many of her contemporaries were well-known and widely read, Saraswathy Amma’s works were not all that popular. I was keen to introduce her to readers and this was an ideal opportunity. We have published eight of her stories,” explains Shruthi.
Shruthi has opened the house for non-fiction as properly: essays, evaluations and analytical items. Novelist Gayathri Prabhu, who occurs to be Shruthi’s instructor in school, has given the publication an excerpt from her memoir.
Since the workload has elevated, Reading Room now has an editorial crew who’re as enthusiastic as Shruthi about discovering new writers.
Plagiarism, the plague of online publications, doesn’t fear her as a result of “the onus rests on the writer. Before we opened up the space for uploads, we consulted a legal expert on intellectual property rights. So when an author uploads a piece, he/she has to agree to a list of terms and conditions before the piece gets uploaded,” says Shruthi.
Eventually, she hopes it turns into a worthwhile enterprise that helps earn for its authors and founders. “We have big plans. But we will have to wait and see. One thing is that there is no dearth of good writers,” she concludes.