Every Indian has grown up listening to those fascinating tales from ancient Indian literature! It was not a surprise that their wealth of plot has been richly used by the modern day authors to script their own best sellers. A look back at the recent past of Indian literature would show a deluge of works based on ancient literature. While the modern day Indian authors have utilized tales from our ancient literature as their background, they have blended the modern elements in them keeping the modern day bookworms engrossed! So, let us take you on a ride through some of the best modern day adaptations of ancient Indian literature.
- The Immortals of Meluha: Published in 2010, this was the first of its kind take on the Indian god of gods - Shiva. The story of this novel revolves around a youth named Shiva, whom Meluhans believe to possess great powers. Shiva decides to help Meluhans in their upcoming war against the Chandravanshis. It is a sort of self-discovery of Shiva and the choices he makes. A week after its publication, many leading newspapers around the nation listed this work as a “best seller”.
- Chanakya's Chant: Partly overshadowed by the limelight which "The Immortals of Meluha", Chanakya's Chant went on to enthral the hearts of the Indian readers. After the lukewarm response of "The Rozabal Line", Ashwin Sanghi sprung to fame with this novel. The plot revolves around iconic statesman - Chanakya. The story shows us the rise of a young Brahmin, his role in unifying and bringing back the glorious days of Bharat. On April 2011 the book reached #1 on India Today's bestseller list.
- The Secret of Nagas: The second of the Shiva trilogy books, began where its predecessor had left off (both story and reception wise). The story begins with Shiva journeying across new lands in search of the Naga people. He also learns of Sati's first child and her twin sister during the journey. He finally lands in Panchavati (capital of Nagas), where there is a surprise waiting for him. This book got a bigger response with 95,000 copies being sold within the first month itself.
- The Krishna Key: Ashwin Sanghi merges the present with the ancient through this thriller. The plot is centred around a history professor by the name of Ravi Mohan Saini who is accused of murder. To prove his innocence, he has to take a dive into the grey areas of Indian mythology. The writer portrays the biography of Lord Krishna while keeping the main storyline moving.
- The Great Indian Novel: Through this satirical novel, Shashi Tharoor is able to knit a storyline around two important events. While the characters of Mahabharata are evident in the plot, the underlying story portrays India's freedom movement. What comes out of this blending is one of the best modern day renditions of the Mahabharata.
As we look to the future of Indian Literature, it is the youths that will influence its movement. It is no wonder then that Tomorrow's India Global Summit 2017 is such a key event for the prosperity of Indian Literature. It allows young prospects a scope to listen, learn and interact with famed authors. One of the key attractions of this year's event is the session by Shobha De on India's Rich Literature & Books. Do not miss it!