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.
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.
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.