Hello and welcome to the blog’s first interview post! Today we have the pleasure to talk with Charvi, one of the three hosts of the IndianLit Readathon, on the inspiration behind this magical project, the message it intends to send to the larger audience, some Indian book recs and more!
What is the Indian Lit Readathon?
The IndianLit Readathon is a week-long readathon hosted by Shruti @ This is Lit, Charvi @ Not Just Fiction, and Nandini @ Novels and Nebulas. The third and latest edition took place July 27 to August 2nd, 2020.
The creators took the time to create a magical story that makes the participants part of the rebel army led by Queen Aditi, the rightful heir to the Pusthak throne. Queen Aditi retreated towards the mountains to plan an attack and overthrow the monarch. In order to save Pusthak Rajya, the participants of the readathon need to complete a series of prompts. You can read more about it in Nandini’s announcement post.
1. What inspired you and your co-creators to create IndianLit readathon?
Oh it was so long ago, I’m not really sure if it was something specific. I think we just felt that we ourselves needed to read more Indian books and at the same time we wanted to see others give more attention and love to Indian authors as well and so the readathon sprung up!
2. The IndianLit readathon is in its 3rd edition, and has a very interesting storyline. How did you come up with this idea and how has the storyline and readathon changed since its inception?
Oh the third edition is particularly exciting! Who knew we would be here three years ago. Every year we see our little readathon grow and it makes us so proud. I remember the first edition simply had a monsoon theme and it was fun but then last year we had a whole Mahabharata theme which we were really passionate about. But this time we really wanted to have a much more interactive readathon which gave us the idea of a story based readathon. And after a lot of brainstorming the kingdom of Pusthak Rajya and the quest to restore Queen Aditi’s rule was established 🙂
3. What role did you decide to take for the IndianLit readathon and what book(s) did you read for it?
Well technically my co-hosts and I are the Rebel Ambassadors but of course we couldn’t stop ourselves from joining in and reading! I’m actually sort of exhausted since I’d been trying to do the 30 books in 30 days challenge but I still decided to take part and took up the scholar role for which one has to read a book with at least 400 pages. I’m listening to Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai in audiobook format and I’m absolutely loving it!
4. Through this readathon, what message were you hoping to convey to the larger bookish audience?
We just want people to realise how talented Indian authors are. As Indians ourselves we rarely pick up books by authors from our own country. We want to get better at that as well as encourage others to pick up more books by Indian authors. We also want to showcase how diverse and beautiful our experiences are and break common misconceptions and stereotypes associated with Indians and our culture, like there being one language we all speak.
5. What are your top 3 Indian book recommendations?
6. Will there be a 4th edition of IndianLit readathon? If so, can you give us some clues as to what you have planned for it?
Oh there will definitely be a 4rth edition! We honestly can’t say exactly what will be coming up because we usually talk about this kind of stuff a bit later but seeing how well this edition is going I think we’ll probably be pursuing a story based format since it’s so much more interactive and fun 🙂
That’s all for this interview! If you’d like to know more about this readathon, make sure to check Indian Lit Readathon’s social handles below.