News By/Courtesy: Ragini M | 30 Jul 2020 14:38pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Indian manuscripts were quite old and ancient, they even existed before printing and publications were discovered.
  • These writing also influenced women from various fields to speak up and narrate their own stories, in the late 180s many Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Urdu, and other languages entered the world .
  • the importance of writing is lost to an extent, but print withhold a significant amount of cultural identity and life of ancient India.

World of writing and India

Indian manuscripts were quite old and ancient, they even existed before printing and publications were discovered. These manuscripts were written on palm leaves or cloths and were stitched or oven together, one of the main drawbacks of it was it is extremely fragile. But when did printing come to India? It was about the 16th century when Portuguese missionaries first brought their printing press to India and almost by 1780 India had the Bengal Gazette a private magazine.

Over the years people developed an interest to read and which significantly called for new forms of writing and publications such as essays, short stories, narratives, poems, paintings, and in the 18th century the caricatures and cartoons had also attracted many minds. These writing also influenced women from various fields to speak up and narrate their own stories, in the late 180s many Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Urdu, and other languages entered the world of print and which in turn encouraged many women writers, in fact also laying a foot towards women education.


The Battle was a place in Bengal very popularly acknowledged for publishing and printing famous books and one could easily get a book at a cheap rate at this place, no bargains! Print then was a very crucial tool to show many shortcomings of society, writing was a very significant medium for thought provocation. Many books like the Gulamgiri, Chhote our bade ka sawal, etc were published bringing light to many caste discriminations that sometimes even exist now in India.


Indian stories like Panchatantra or the Kadambari are not exactly novels but the first novel can be dated back to the 19th century, and the earliest Bengali novel was called the Yamuna puritan which was mostly about widows and their plight. Most of these novels were in Bengali, Marathi, and Urdu. In South India novels simply came by translating English novels and one of the first ones depicting their culture was Indulekha and others from different languages. Some of the earliest novels were Pariksha Guru, Chandrakanta, Sewa Sadan, etc...


One of the best parts of these novels was it showed the Indian culture, domestic set up, and their daily life, it also proved to be a vast source of information for outsiders who invaded India.

These novels also highlighted certain ideal characteristics of their protagonist which demonstrated modern thought and expressions, like women with intellectual skills, education, etc. Today with growing technology, the importance of writing is lost to an extent, but print withholds a significant amount of cultural identity and life of ancient India, embodies within itself all thoughts that are beautiful when written than when spoken.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 30 Jul 2020 16:02pm IST


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