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Profanity or vulagarity or literature, is it?

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Have you read any literature, esp. of the Indian English genre or of the modern fiction genre, in recent time?And if you have, how often have you come across the ‘f’ word.Sprinkled liberally in most fiction, even that which is non- erotic, is the word ordained to offend our sensitivity.
Wasn’t the ‘f’ word once slang, only used by the downtown louts! Wasn’t this word a profanity, never to be uttered-nay never to be thought of-by the educated and the ‘refined’ or atleast the ‘reading’ public?
However, now it seems that most publishers have deemed this word to be particularly inoffensive and completely acceptable, not only to be published, but published in books which are palatable for all strata, particularly to those who are fond of literature.
I shudder to even call this literature –  literature – which could be prescribed for intellectual pursuit or study.
As if profanity in the streets and other public places, is not enough, the publishers have now decided to make the reading public pay for it!
Sigh! Are there no writers who do not use sizzle and sensationalism to sell their books? Are there no publishers who do not ask the writer to ‘spice’ up the book, even compromising the plot and characters at times? Are there no editors who object to profanity at all?
Are there none?
Stand up for this.
  • We demand clean literature from writers, and from publishers who sell their books at a premium.
  • We demand a ban on profanity, esp. in books which we pay for.
  • We refuse to pay for reading words, which we do not like listening to even on the streets.

Written by Karuna

January 23, 2006 at 10:30 am

Posted in Books

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  1. Hey..
    I read ur Blogs.. Very thoughtful and i agreed to the excessive use of teh "F" word. It seems that todays writer is judges his literature by counting the frequency of usage of such words.:-)


    February 3, 2006 at 10:45 am

  2. Hmm Saurabh…Perhaps it is also the reader.


    February 12, 2006 at 12:17 pm

  3. i agree  so very completely………shobha de s stuff  in particular where all that is obscene is \’style\’……..!!


    February 17, 2006 at 3:18 pm

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