Re: Re: Re: c_r_a_p
by AK on Feb 19, 2012 01:21 PM
Pooja, you are the perfect Chetan Bhagat reader! Grapes are sour would apply more to you than those who criticise him. Not that its demeaning or anything to be his fan. But dont expose your ignorance so much. Writing isnt just about telling a story. Its abt clever usage of language as well. Good language use doesnt necessarily mean writing in jargons. Have you at least heard of R K Narayan? And how many authors who write in "simple", jargon free books in your own language have you read?
Re: Re: Re: Re: c_r_a_p
by sushant pathak on Feb 20, 2012 07:50 PM
has anyone laid down any rules for writing a book......CB is not striving for booker's price...he tells a story in a language which can be understood even by a 4th grader....and he charges a very nominal fee for that....why don't we put things to rest there.
Chetan is genius...chetan is class..chetan is intellegent...chetan is hero...his books are fabulas...funny...his class should not be misjudged with rusdhi or taslima....he write on a completely seperate view of the mordern society.......we love him...Chetan Bhagat age bhado...Hum tumahara saath hai..
English language when properly used,carries lo ts of thrust and punch,apart from the joy of gripping interest and the excitemnent of flipping pages, it generates.While the man who occupies the top slot in this matter is Dan Brown,the language used by many Indian authors is a tame affair.
Re: As For The English Language
by Balan Iyer on Feb 17, 2012 07:10 PM
Again it is heartening to see that many catchyIndian words have been well adopted in English like Guru,Pandit,Karma,Avatar,Brahmin etc.
Re: Re: As For The English Language
by Ramesh M on Feb 17, 2012 09:37 PM
The narration and 'eloquence' of any book is dependent on the culture the author is coming from..his background.. I think Chetan writes books for the "common" man rather than literature zealots. so he should not be compared with other writes, just read his books with a pinch of salt..and Enjoy
Writing a book is like directing a movie, as far as India is concerned. The more simplistic approach you take, the better reach you would get. The basic idea is that people should feel the urge to read/watch your product. And if you take some of the biggest blockbusters of our country, none of them have a great storyline that doesn't defy logic and go as per the actual facts. But still they entertain us and made a huge impact. Chetan's books' also fall into this genre. His stories are simple, easy-to-relate, has a bit of suspense and titillation and most importantly, uses simple language without pressing the need of too much vocabulary. On top of all that, his books cost about 140 bucks and can be read in 3 days flat. This is what you get when practicality meets comman man.
The good thing about Chetan Bhagat is that he does not have pretence about him. He does not go around boasting that he is writing literary fiction of the highest order. He admits that his novels don't have super eloquence which is a great thing. The second thing is that it is not at all necessary that a book have super eloquence for it to be great. In fact in a country like India - a simpler language means having a greater reach, which brings me to the real good contribution that Chetan Bhagat has made in India.
Recently I was travelling in sleeper class train on Western Railways. I was in the lower birth and the upper births were occupied by three college going students - one girl and two boys. All of them were preparing for competitive exams and were carrying books in Hindi medium. After discussing a few math problems they started discussing various things and suddenly they started about Chetan Bhagat's books. One of them had read even the latest book and boasted about having read all of his books and owning each one of them. The other two - including the girl had also read all his books except the last one.
Now if you had heard them talk otherwise - they would never have come across as book readers especially - English books. But here they were having lapped up all his books. I am sure they hadn't read much else but heck - this guy has reached even such small town people especially youngsters and that is a huge contribution. Kudos Chetan Bhagat.....
Re: Chetan Bhagat's real contribution.....
by AK on Feb 18, 2012 12:49 AM
This shows the sorry state of affairs in India. People somehow associate reading with "English"..and hence kind of gatepass to what they assume as " upper class"..! Else, why cant they think of reading a regional author..?? There are wide variety of writings, ranging from those high literary value crappy things like those of Bhagat's, still you dont see them buying those books the way they go and by his books en masse. Thats the kind of infeirorty complex the Brits have instilled in Indians abt their languages. And clever ppl like him make use of this and mint money writing crap - in English! And the funny thing is that vast majority of his "customers" only buy his books to to be seen reading an English book, like typically one sees in trains..!! I pity those regional authors who get nothing just becasue they write in Indian languages, though some of them write better than the Naipauls and Pamukhs and many of them can write "better crappy" stuff than Bhaghat!