In an interview with Akanksha Pare Kashiv, Devdutt Pattanaik spells out the reasons behind the rising trend of books on mythological characters and explains how mythology and fiction are two different things.Excerpts:
There has been a surge in books based on mythological characters lately. What do you think of this trend?
I think it started with the popularity of Harry Potter, sparking interest in folk tales, fables and mythological stories. It is happening across the world. Fables are being talked about everywhere. I believe that when fables returned to capture the imagination, mythological characters became part of literature.
When did the idea to write about mythological characters come to your mind? Why did such stories begin to fascinate readers?
I have been working on these subjects for a long time. With Harry Potter’s popularity, people began to realise that we too have such stories and its scope got bigger. In India our education system lays...