Purple Pencil Project (formerly, onWriting.in) was started by Jaibala (who has since left) and Saurabh to get authors to talk about writing. I, Prakruti Maniar, came onboard and conceptualized it in its present avatar in 2019, with an aim to bring Indian literature online from across forms, languages, communities, and regions under one platform, as well as to decolonize the idea of what literature means and how it is represented online.
Purple Pencil Project is for readers who want to discover books by themselves, it is for readers who want to write about the stories they hear, it is for readers who are curious, who want to explore the unfamiliar, and reconnect with their roots.
It is for authors who want to spread the word about the work they do. It is for small and big presses, who want to tell the world about their stories but don’t have the marketing budget to do so.
Stories are the best way to know more about anything or anyone, and we want to help everyone know more about India through its stories.
We will keep doing many things towards that – reviews, interviews, podcasts. We are building a digital catalogue of Indian fiction, a map of independent and commercial bookstores across India. We offer consulting services to libraries who want to diversify their catalogues, for professors looking to diversify their syllabus.
Join us in this journey!
The fastest way to reach us is via Twitter.
We look forward to hearing from writers, readers, publishers, book-art designers, and really, anyone and everyone who loves stories and loves to talk about them.
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Does that mean we tweak and bias our opinions? No. It simply is a revenue source, which means (if you’re too lazy to open the link) that if you like a review and follow our buy link, we get a small percent of it. A fair game. We encourage you to visit local bookstores and libraries instead of ordering books online, but if you do, please use our links and support us.