Some great topics to write an Indian science fiction story

India is one of the oldest civilisation in the world, the Indus valley being 5000 years old. And so we have a great asset untouched to explore – our history. It contains epics (Ramayana & Mahabharat), spiritual guides (like Shri Madbhagwad Geeta), a whole lot of Kings and their kingdoms (from Ashoka the great to Maharana Pratap and Prithviraj Chauhan), and access to the largest number of gods among every religion, ie. 50,00,00,000 gods and godesses. If the Greek mythology can get world known for their 12 Olympians, why cannot we?
Here are some ideas about some promising desi sci fi stories.

Royal quests and adventures

As I have mentioned earlier, India has had a laaaaaarge number of great kings and emperors. We had Chandragypta Maurya, who defeated Alexander’s Army. We also had Samudragupta, who extended the Indian empire to Mangolia. We also had Gautam Buddha, who left his royalty and started Buddhism.
You can always dwelve into their lives and find out what you can. Then you have your lead character and a storyline ready! You have only to improvise to add some science fuction or magical fantasy. I have already told you a whole story can be written based upon a single character or thought and how to write it here. So you can have a nice story on your hands.

Our great assets

Indian history is also full of scientists and inventors. We have Aryabhatta, Ramanuj and JC Bose.
You can do some research about them and their studies, then craft their lives with bits of supernatural to create a strong voyage.

The gods and Mythology

Obviously this has a lot of options.
☞ You can find out the story of gods and present them in your own way. Like Amish Tripathi
☞ You can also create their stories in present context. This can be fairly interesting.
☞ You also have the option to portrait the Dev-Asura conflicts in your own way.
☞ You can also write about avatars of Gods. Similar to the Karter Kane series.

Urban Fantasy

Every culture has some of their own urban fantasy. So does India. You can easily craft stories about Churails, Dayans, Aghoris, Tantriks and many more. The Betals also come in here.

The Purana, the Shastras and the Upanishad

☞ These are basically a jackpot of stories. You have to pick one, create your storyline, then add a little sci-fi and your story is ready!
☞ Many of these stories are magical fantasy themselves. You can change the timeline and world setup and after some editing a full blown fantasy is there.
☞ If you want to write something about the Indian Underworld, the Garuda Purana is what you should look into. It is a wikipedia of Indian afterlife.

All of them together

Or you can simply choose a storyline and wind them all together. This can be pretty confusing If you are not careful. But it also shows a lot of promise.

Zombie Apocalypse

India has the second largest population in the world. Add it to immensly huge population density and a zombie apocalypse to get a perfect zombie hunting ground!!!

These are only a shard of what Indian science fiction has to offer. You can explore much my yourselves and contribute to Desi sci-fi.

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4 thoughts on “Some great topics to write an Indian science fiction story

  1. Hi Gyan! Kent Wayne here, following up on my promise to look at your stuff. First off, feel free to disregard what I say; everybody has their own creative process. Okay, starting with chapter 1 of your book, (the local mp is a were-dog) I see typos, and that can easily be fixed with word or more editing (I typically edit a chapter for about a month before I feel comfortable releasing it). I like the flow, but I think in your effort to keep it fast-paced it gets a little run-on, blurring some of it together. Some of the sentences could be more concise (this is neverending for me, so what I do is everyday I’ll edit a chapter, then deem it ready for release when I get to the point where I only make marginal changes each time I look at it) I would suggest using one-line paragraphs or italics to emphasize certain breaks and stops. All writing has a pace, so i deliberately try to build it then brake, emphasizing something of importance. I would also suggest being aware of your story’s overall progression (You may already have done this). For example, with Atriya in my story, I can tell you how he develops according to the main theme and how the other characters and the world itself develops in parallel. All good writing must serve the theme. That’s something you can refine in literature analysis class, or you can analyze writing by yourself with likeminded fellows (that’s what I did, I would watch movies and ask why did they do this closeup? Why did they repeat this phrase? What is the main theme and how did events serve to illustrate it?). Anyways, I like what you’ve done and good luck!

    Also…the Indian motif is quite underused (I was looking at your Oct 4 post) and I’ve been capitalizing on it myself. Atriya’s full name is Kishchan Atriya, a play on Christian but when shortened becomes Kish Atriya, or a play on the word Kshatriya, the warrior caste. I use it deliberately according to the situation. I’ve used the scene between Krishna and Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita in volume 2 of Echo (unreleased chapter) and I’ve also deliberately used 1200 years in the future for my setting. I believe in “God-years” the Kali Yuga takes 1200 years before it turns, so the significance there is that Echo is about to turn from its dark age.

    Anyways, thanks for the interest and kind words! I hope that you find success in your writing! 🙂

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    • Thanks a lot fot your time. I really appreciate your analysis. I will try my best to edit as much as I can. Since I post and manage my blog through a phone (We don’t have fast enough internet ffor pc in my area), so it is hard to use Ms word or any editing tool.
      For the Indian stuff, I am slowly going to introduce it in the story. Our mythology is quite different from the rest of the world’s and I thought a direct jump into it might get less response.
      As for the writing part, I have just started writing fictional novel. I used to write only short stories, so I am not that good at cliffhangers. And I totally agree with your method of learning through fiction, but it is novels for me rather than movies. I have read almost 340 Sci fi novel (including about 140 different series) in the past two years, and am in the process of refining my writing style.

      I also plan on going through your writing to get myself a little firsthand experience.

      Thanks again for your guidance. I really appreciate it. It is going to be bragging point for me to have you comment on my blog.

      Thanks a lot!

      -Gyan

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      • Haha! No problem! It’s actually better to do it through novels than movies…and I used to read incessantly when I was younger. I do movies and tv now because I have less time, and film requires the writing to be extremely tight. I admire you for doing this on a smartphone…I don’t think I could do the same. Feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer…I may not be able to set aside time to look through your stuff in depth but I will be able to skim it occasionally and give you a rough opinion. Good luck!

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