“We are all instinctively bilingual, many of us writing in our own language and in English. We cannot write like the English. We should not. We cannot write only as Indians. We have grown to look at the large world as part of us. Our method of expression therefore has to be a dialect which will some day prove to be as distinctive and colourful as the Irish or the American. Time alone will justify it…” -Raja Rao
Indianruminations (IR) is a monthly literary journal specially dedicated for Indian English literature. We believe Indian English has come up of age and now it is a separate variety like American English and African English. It is totally smeared in Indian life style and culture, receptive of the idioms of regional languages and at the same time international in versatility. It can play a vital role in disrupting the class system in India and champion the emancipation of the suppressed by enabling their voice to reach the world. In short Indian English literature can bridge India together and take India to the world.
In this new millennium there are thousands of Indian writers who dream and write in English. They can be brought under three categories.
- Indian expatriate writers, who study or studied, live or lived in foreign countries.
- IIT & IIM writers (A new bunch of writers who mainly represent the upper class India).
- Others who reflect the very Indian life and brim to inhale and reach the world by living in the heart of India
The first two categories are well recognized, projected and given ample space but not the third one. Here is where IR sets its feet, to give indigenous Indian English writers enough space.
Yet IR is not captivated inside narrow domestic walls. It is open to everything related to life and all the people of the world. Even art and artists find space here. It is to spread love, peace and life in harmony with the universe.