Today commerce is the benchmark and the rest of other yardsticks remains outweighed by commercial success. It is not always the prizes or awards that count. Today the best selling books those that are not literarily marked off. In India for instance Chetan Bhagat's book sold staggeringly despite the fact that there are so many other better writers. Quality-wise Chetan is so so, but market-wise he is proven invincible. This baffles us, budding writers in point of fact. In the past they wrote for the class and now by writing for the mass we accomplish something and thrive. Today commercial success outperforms literary success. No matter what you write you will be outgrown of you cannot keep the modern generation or the mass in focus. It is the sale and sensation of the book that sets a benchmark of success. The one that attracts a big check or heavy advances is praiseworthy. Today we have no writers like Tolstoy or James Joyce or Dostoevsky who wrote classically and philosophically. What is more, people have no time patience to read such high-toned. I often as a writer dream of writing something classically elegant, something philosophically revealing, and stylishly presenting. But the problem is I will be deemed old-fashioned. I like to write the way D. H. Lawrence wrote, thrilling and in one go iconoclastic. Criticism does not matter and it did not matter to Salmon Rushdie for his Satanic Verses and that sensational book, despite the fact materially the book is not better than Midnight's Children. Artistically Midnight's Children is insuperable. But Satanic Verses was in more demand. That entails the fact that today what sells is important. Media has a role in brining up a book in focus and attention. I am indeed torn between writing a classic or writing something for commercial success.