19 Best Books By Indian Authors Update 05/2022

Best Books By Indian Authors

You don’t know which book to read next. In search of the best books and novels written by Indian people? If so, which one?

Don’t worry, I’m here.

Indian English literature has come a long way since there were only a few English books released a year ago to thousands of new books being released each year now.

With an estimated value of Rs 739 billion, India’s book market is worth a lot of money in 2020, India comes in second in English language publishing with more than 9000 publishers. The US is first with more than 900.

From a small beginning in the 20th century, India published 21,600 new English books in 2010.

When there are so many books out there and Indian literature is growing so quickly, it can be hard to figure out which are the best.

For this, we have made a list of the “Best Indian Books” in each category and genre.

Best Indian Classics

THE GUIDE BY R.K. NARAYAN

THE GUIDE BY R.K. NARAYAN

An Indian author called R. K. Narayan wrote the 1958 book “The Guide.” The book was written in English. Like most of his books, this one is based on Malgudi, a fictional town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

The book shows how Raju, the main character, goes from being a tour guide to becoming a spiritual guide and then one of the most important holy men in India.

An award for English writing was given to its author in 1960.

MALGUDI DAYS BY R.K. NARAYAN

Malgudi Days is a book of short stories by R.K. Narayan that was published in 1943.

The book has 32 stories that are all set in the fictional town of Malgudi, which is in South India. Life in Malgudi is shown in different ways by each of the stories that are in this book.

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF AN INDIAN PRINCE BY MULK RAJ ANAND

The Private Life of an Indian Prince is a book written by Mulk Raj Anand that was first published in 1953. People in India used to live in princely states. This book talks about how they were abolished.

UNTOUCHABLE BY MULK RAJ ANAND

Anand’s aunt had a meal with a Muslim woman and was made to feel like an outsider by his family. Untouchable was based on that experience.

The argument for getting rid of the caste system is the main point of this book.

TRAIN TO PAKISTAN BY KHUSHWANT SINGH

TRAIN TO PAKISTAN BY KHUSHWANT SINGH

Train to Pakistan talks about how India was split up in August 1947.

Singh doesn’t just show the Partition in terms of the political events that happened at the same time. Instead, he focuses on the people who lived there, giving the event a sense of reality, horror, and believability.

GODAN BY MUNSHI PREMCHAND, TRANSLATED BY JAI RATAN

Godanis is a Hindi novel written by Munshi Premchand. It was translated into English as The Gift of a Cow.

It’s about the poor people in the village who aren’t getting enough money and who are being taken advantage of. In 1957, Jai Ratan made it into English.

THE ROOM ON THE ROOF BY RUSKIN BOND

As an orphaned Anglo-Indian boy, Rusty, lives with his guardian Mr. Harrison, who wants him to stay away from Indians and grow up to be a pure Englishman. The story is called The Room on the Roof.

The following is a list of Ruskin Bond’s Favorite Books.

THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF FELUDA BY SATYAJIT RAY

There were 35 stories about Pradosh C. Mitter, or “Feluda,” written by Satyajit Ray between 1965 and 1992. Mitter is the master sleuth, and he goes by the name Feluda.

These stories are now in two volumes of The Complete Adventures of Feluda, which you can buy. It was done by Gopa Majumdar, who spoke English.

COMBAT OF SHADOWS BY MANOHAR MALGONKAR

COMBAT OF SHADOWS BY MANOHAR MALGONKAR

When Ruby, an Anglo-Indian woman who wants to be a pucca memsahib to a British man, dreams of becoming one, she has to face the reality of racial discrimination in pre-independence India.

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN UNKNOWN INDIAN BY NIRAD C. CHAUDHURI

The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian is an amazing book about finding out about yourself. In this book, he talks about how India’s politics, societies, and national feelings have changed over time, but he also talks about how he has changed over time. It is a serious and introspective story and historical record.

Best Indian Literary Fiction Novels

THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS BY ARUNDHATI ROY

When Esthappen and Rahel were young, they were fraternal twins who lived in the same house. Their lives were ruined by the “Love Laws” that were set up by society, which told them what they could and couldn’t do.

The book talks about how people act and live their lives because of small things. It won the Booker Prize in 1997, and it did so because it was good.

THE WHITE TIGER BY ARAVIND ADIGA

The White Tiger is a darkly humorous look at India’s class struggle in a globalized world. The book has been well-received. It made the New York Times bestseller list and won the Man Booker Prize.

A young man from a poor village who moves to Delhi to work as a chauffeur for the rich tells his story in this book.

THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS BY KIRAN DESAI

THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS BY KIRAN DESAI

Inheritance of Loss by She follows the lives of Biju, an illegal immigrant in the US who is trying to start a new life, and Sai, an Indian girl who has been Anglicized and lives with her grandfather in the US.

People talk about colonialism and the effects of post-colonialism a lot in this book.

A SUITABLE BOY BY VIKRAM SETH

Vikram Seth’s book A Suitable Boy is set in a country that has just become independent and hasn’t been split up.

The book tells the stories of four families over the course of 18 months. It focuses on Mrs. Rupa Mehra’s efforts to get her daughter, Lata, married to a “suitable boy.”

It is one of the longest novels that have been published in one book in the English language so far.

SEA OF POPPIES BY AMITAV GHOSH

The Ibis is the heart of the story in Sea of Poppies. It is a huge ship with a lot of room.

Her fate is to sail across the Indian Ocean before the start of the Opium Wars in China. On board are a variety of people from all walks of life.

Another book by Amitav Ghosh is “The Hungry Tide.”

NARCOPOLIS BY JEET THAYIL

NARCOPOLIS BY JEET THAYIL

There are some people who all have a love for opium in the book Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil. It tells the stories of their lives.

In this book, Bombay is stripped of its glitz, wealth, beaches, and skylines. We are taken to Shuklaji Street, Rashid’s drug store, and compelled to see the other side of the city.

THE GREAT INDIAN NOVEL BY SHASHI THAROOR

It’s a book by Shashi Tharoor called The Great Indian Novel. It’s a satirical novel that takes the story of the Mahabharata and puts it in the context of the Indian independence movement and the first three decades after independence.

FASTING, FEASTING BY ANITA DESAI

It’s the story of a family who lives in a small town in India, where local customs and attitudes rule the future of all children. Girls are to be married off and boys are to be as educated as possible, but this isn’t always the case.

THE HOUSE OF BLUE MANGOES BY DAVID DAVIDAR

David Davidar’s The House of Blue Mangoes is a gripping family history that spans more than 50 years and three generations of the Dorai family as they try to find their place in a rapidly changing world. The Dorai family is made up of three generations.

Brings to life a small part of India in a vivid way, while also criticizing colonialism.

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