Here’s how Indian authors are spreading the magic of writing!

Written by Guncha Khanna


Most of us have read those articles which contain a list of must read novels, but majority of them are by foreign authors and the Indian authors are somewhere lost in between. So I created a list of some books by Indian authors which have been on my list for a long time and should be on yours too because they are worth it.

  1. The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh

Shadow lines is indeed one of the most beautiful books by Ghosh. A story about two different families, two different cultures and how they interwine in order to to paint a  picture of combined consciousness.

Book 1

  1. Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

Another one by Ghosh, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008, is the first volume of the Ibis trilogy. It is a beautifully written historical novel about 1830’s India in the grip of opium trade. The characters are extremely diverse and the book very engrossing.

 book 2

  1. Malgudi Days by R.K Narayan

It is a collection of short stories by Narayan published in 1943. Contains some very moving stories like ‘An Astrologer’s Day’, ‘Iswaran’, ‘the snake song’ etc. If you haven’t read this book, you are missing on a lot in life.

book 3

  1. English, August by Upmanyu Chatterjee

A very less known book, but if you have ever been to a government office and know that the progress is extremely slow you need to read this book.  It is extremely entertaining and the writing style compliments the story really well.

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  1. Maximum City : Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta

This book is for everyone who have no visited Bombay ever, and also for people who actually live there because the author has beautifully given an insight of the life in Bombay, including lives of common people and the Bollywood stars.

book 5

  1. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Im sure a lot of us have seen people around us reading it or atleast heard the name of it. It is an award winning novel, primarily a reimagination of the of the world-famous epic Mahabharata told from the point of view of an Indian women.

book 6

  1. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches themes like the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Personally loved the book. A must read for sure.

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  1. The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri

This book deals with the chaos of life that exists today. The story revolves around Vishnu, an aging alcoholic houseboy and how he tackles life.

book 8

  1. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

This book is a startling provocative debut by the author. It deals with Balram Halwai who is the white tiger of this novel whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of the Indian business culture.

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  1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

A melancholy with brilliant language and structure.  It is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the “Love Laws” that lay down “who should be loved, and how. And how much.” The book explores how the small things affect people’s behavior and their lives.

book 10

These are definitely not all of the beautiful books that have been written by some amazing Indain authors, but we hope this list helped all the book worms out there. If you have ready any of these or want to, do let us know in the comments section below.

Happy reading!

About the author

Guncha Khanna

Currently studying English literature at KMC,University of Delhi. Reading, writing and painting give me immense pleasure. And I hope to make people think, laugh and enjoy with my writing skills. Happy reading!

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