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Thriller as a genre still evolving in India: authors


New Delhi, Nov 30: Thrillers in India remain an under-exploited genre of fiction with readers preferring to read books written by familiar authors rather than a new crime fiction, according to Ravi Subramanium, who has penned seven thrillers so far.

"I observed that here people don't want themselves to be called as thriller writers. Thriller is a very small market in a country like ours. It sells less than romance or action novels," Subramanium said.


"Also, in India we don't read thrillers we read authors," said the banker-turned-author who was here to participate in the TimesLit Fest. He was in conversation with fellow thriller writers Ashwin Sanghi and Mahendra Jakhar.

Sanghi pointed out that crime writing was still in its evolutionary stage in the country. "Thriller as a genre has been around for a very long time. It's just that we never classified it" said the 'Rozabel Line' author.

According to Jakhar whose debut crime thriller was titled 'Butcher of Benares' the genre is still not considered a form of literature globally.

"Crime writing is not considered a form of literature world over. No crime writer has ever received a Man Booker prize. So somewhere there is a gap and bias toward crime writers" he said.

The author who is penning his next murder mystery said a general perception remained about authors who wrote on crime did so to mainly entertain their readers.

"People think crime writers mainly entertain. Yes, we entertain but a crime writer is not just telling an entertaining story, we somewhere dissect the society, perform an anatomy of the society," Jakhar said.


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