Erot­ica nov­els are mak­ing a come­back, say au­thors

Pan­elists at the on­go­ing Luc­know Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val said that writ­ers were chang­ing their styles to in­cor­po­rate more in­ti­mate scenes

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - LUCKNOW - HT Correspondent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW: The de­mand for sex­u­ally-charged con­tent was grow­ing among read­ers and erot­ica nov­els were mak­ing a come­back, ob­served pan­elists of the ses­sion - ‘fic­tion/ ro­mance writ­ing show­cas­ing ob­scen­ity’ - dur­ing the on­go­ing Luc­know Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val, here on Satur­day. The pan­elists added that in­creas­ing de­mand for erot­ica was the rea­son why writ­ers were chang­ing their styles to suit the cur­rent times.

Vani Kaushal, au­thor of ‘The Re­ces­sion Groom’ said, “The read­ers’ ap­petite for sex­ual scenes is vis­i­ble. When I wrote my first novel which did not have any in­ti­mate con­tent apart from a sim­ple kiss­ing scene, my read­ers told me that they found some­thing miss­ing in the novel. While ap­pre­cia­tive of the sto­ry­line and the writ­ing, they ad­vised me to in­cor­po­rate some steamy scenes in my up­com­ing writ­ings. That’s what I did with my se­cond novel, which will be out in the mar­ket soon.”

An­other young au­thor, Sanil Sachar, writer of ‘ Sum­mer Prom­ises and Other Po­ems’ and ‘The Dark Side of Light’ said that ob­scen­ity was a rel­a­tive con­cept. “How do you de­fine ob­scen­ity? For some­one, two flow­ers com­ing to­gether could be ob­scene, while for oth­ers, kiss­ing could be ob­scene. For some, it could be some­thing even be­yond this. Ob­scen­ity is all about per­cep­tion,” said Sachar.

The au­thor as­serted that writ­ing was a cre­ative task. “Artists and writ­ers have the free­dom of cre­ativ­ity. How­ever, they have a so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity too,” he said.

The third pan­elist, Sachin Garg, a best­selling In­dian nov­el­ist, felt that there was a dif­fer­ence be­tween ro­mance and ob­scen­ity and that the two should be treated sep­a­rately. “The time from 1960s to 80s was a time of Hindi erot­ica nov­els. Af­ter that there came a pe­riod when the read­ers stopped pre­fer­ring such con­tent,” he said, adding, “But that time is again com­ing back.”

ASHOK DUTTA/HT PHOTO

(From left) Nov­el­ists Sanil Sachar, Vani Kaushal and Sachin Garg tak­ing part in the Luc­know Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val at Pary­atan Bhawan on Satur­day.

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