Must read books by Indian authors in English literature
I wanted to write this list for so long. I would cherish to share some of my all time favorite books with you guys which are also loved and enjoyed in all over the world.
These books are masterpieces written by some phenomenal authors and I don’t even consider myself worthy of reviewing them, therefore I will just give you a brief outline of the story.
I hope you will enjoy these gems of Indian English literature.
- The train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh:
This one is the oldest in the list and still as powerful a read as it was 60 years ago! Late Khushwant Singh had written this on a time when writing about partition was quite a risque. This will give you a realistic, gut wrenching description of that event, of thousands of innocent souls falling prey of the politics few people played in Delhi. You have to read it to feel it.
- The white tiger by Arvind Adiga:
A slap of sarcasm on our so called democracy that we live in. The book has won the Booker prize for some reason. The dark humor will grasp you from the first page. It is a story of a kid from the poorest part of Bihar to become a successful businessman. You will not be able to put this book down, I can assure you!
- The God of small things by Arundhuti Roy:
There is one more Booker prize winner jewel we have in Indian literature. This books reads like a poem, such beautiful language it has. It is a story of two siblings, Esthappen and Rachel from Kerala and life through their eyes. How they were blamed and tortured for the misfortune of them and everyone around them. It was author’s debut novel and what a novel it was!
- The fine balance by Rohiton Mistry:
A book which is a mirror of 1975’s India, Govt. declared internal emergency. How it affected people of different class, religion or economy. Beautiful language but the gore of the situation will make you wish that it was not true. It is one of the jewels of the crown of English literature of our country.
- Fasting, feasting by Anita Desai:
This is a marvelous creation by Anita Desai. A book consists of two sides of this world, an unmarriageable girl living with over protected parents in India and her brother living in America for studies. America where people buy truck load of foods and groceries for no apparent reason but the kids are starving themselves for the sake of trend and fashion. two different culture, two different countries but so similar at the core. A must read!
- The inheritance of loss by Kiran Desai:
Another Booker prize winner for you. This is one heart warming book, it will touch your soul, make you think, question our way of life.
- The twentieth wife by Indu Sundaresan:
An enchanting tale of Mughal empire love story between Jahangir and Nurjahan. The story starts with Nurjahan’s birth and it will take you to a journey you would find hard to forget. The description of Nurjahan’s beauty and intellect and their love will hypnotize you. It will take you long to come out of the hangover of this book.
- The glass palace by Amitav Ghosh:
This book is a journey of history consists of three generations, four countries in the span of two centuries. You will admire the richness of the language of this book.
- The palace of illusion by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni:
The story is of Mahabharata and kurukshetra from the eyes of a woman, the center and the reason of this great righteous war, Draupadi. From her fiery birth following her lonely childhood. More she wanted company , craved for love, more she got tangled into family and duties and promises to keep.
The way author has portrayed Krishna’s character, it will make you fall in love with him. He is not a Deity here. He is a friend with a smile.
Read this book to feel the pain of an woman through the journey of life. Being a princess and a fierce queen, life did not mercy her the way she deserved.
- Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri:
You must be familiar with the name because of the movie but I would insist you to read the same. the beautiful lyric like language of Jhumpa Lahiri is worth it.
- Midnight’s children by Salman Rushdi:
The list would have been incomplete without this book. This book has won Booker prize, not once but three times! And trust me you, it deserves each one of them!
Read it to experience it guys!
At last I would like to add a disclaimer, these are just my list of must reads. There is a wide array of books which deserves to be mentioned but these are few that stole my heart.
I welcome your addition to this list, so comment away guys! Also share this list to let others know or as reference to your next purchase list. 🙂
Until then, B’bye guys!