Suren­der Mo­han Pathak


Tehelka - - FICTION -

‘In the ’80s and ’90s, when writ­ers were treated like film­stars, cheap pulp fic­tion publi­ca­tions sold well, like my de­tec­tives Su­nil and Vi­mal, and Om Prakash Sharma’s many sleuths. But many were ghost­writ­ten. Even the fa­mous Colonel Ran­jith turned out to be an Urdu writer. From around 2,000 ti­tles a year, Hindi pulp fic­tion nov­els have shrunk to just 30-40, and the num­ber of pub­lish­ing houses has dwin­dled from around 60 to 5. Ghost­writ­ers can­not sus­tain or evolve a lit­er­a­ture.’

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