Writers nowadays have acquired celebrity status and fame with success and popularity of their novels. Many of them, though, are quite self-conscious about it. The question arises — Shouldn’t they be considered “thinkers” rather than “celebrities”? Literary festivals like the Jaipur Literature Festival, The New Yorker Festival, The Hindu Lit For Life Festival etc have boosted their self-image in society.
With advancement in internet and social media, our consciousness has shifted and expanded to a global level. We feel we are “global citizens” belonging with the world as a whole, and not any particular society. Many a time, we hear narratives of the world being small, that it is a global village now. But with this comes negative consequences for we often let go our roots. It is akin to what Bob Dylan said, “A complete unknown with no direction home”.