“But what I seek has already been built, lived in, erased. In my heart remains only the evisceration of an ancestor’s dream.”
– The Highway that Ate the House, Gayathri Prabhu, Reading Room Co.
We live in an era of aggressive digital evolution and there’s no doubt that we are spoilt for choices. The digital space is vast than an ocean and the content in the space, a drop in the ocean. Founded by Sruthi Dileep and Richu Jain, Reading Room Co. is an independent online publication platform dedicated to exploring literature, politics, culture and society. Wait before you dissolve it in the ocean, the website cleverly explores a reader’s voracious appetite for opinions, underrated topics, news that needs to make a noise and says why it should make a noise, unbiased.
From rediscovering Indian writers like K. Saraswathi Amma, to translating their phenomenal works and presenting new trajectories on society and culture through fiction, essays, poems and movie reviews, Reading Room Co. sticks to its mission as “a digital platform for writers and readers interested in exploring literature, politics, society and culture.” The contributors being independent researchers, writers and a bunch of young argumentative Indians, Reading Room Co. “encourages writers to explore and experiment with their creativity as well as develop a strong sense of inquiry. Be it fiction, nonfiction or poetry, we offer stories that are diverse, political, and original.” J Devika, the social commentator, a translator, and a well-published feminist scholar, has translated the works of K.
Saraswathi Amma, featured in the website, exploring the legacy of a feminist heroine.
Diverse, contemporary and critical, Reading Room Co. claims its space in the ocean.