Being one of the most diverse and cultural countries in the world, Indian literature is something that has always made us swell with pride. A blend of raw emotions and cultural experiences, the books are some of the most exciting ones we have ever read. So, in order to share our love for Indian Literature, we have created a list of 10 Must Read Books by Indian Authors.
A modern retelling of the Indian epic: Mahabharata, the author draws parallels with the major events in the Indian political history during the freedom and post-freedom era.
2. India After Gandhi – Ramachandra Guha
From GoodReads: A magisterial account of the pains, the struggles, the humiliations, and the glories of the world’s largest and least likely democracy, Ramachandra Guha’s India After Gandhi is a breathtaking chronicle of the brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant nation and the extraordinary factors that have held it together.
3. Dark Room – RK Narayan
A bittersweet tale of Savitri, intelligent yet touchy, and her difficult marriage. Beautiful and accurate description of our conservative society, this book lays down a mirror against us all and makes us think of the society we currently live in.
4. Malgudi Days – RK Narayan
A collection of stories from the fictional town of Malgudi capturing the essence of the Indian small towns, how closely knit the communities are and the spirit of its people.
5. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
Set in the freshly independent India, A Suitable Boy is a story of a girl and her mother and their journey to find a boy for Lata to marry either through love or through exacting marriage appraisals.
6. The Calcutta Chromosome – Amitav Ghosh
A Ghosh novel at its very core, spiritual, mystery, thriller and post-colonial. This book takes the reader through a journey of a computer programmer who finds a battered ID of that of an old acquaintance that sends him spiralling into an adventure around the globe.
7. God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
A deep and poignant tale of loss of innocence of two twins belonging to a dysfunctional family. The story alternates between the past (1969) and present when Rahel returns home 23 years after the tragic events that separated her from her beloved twin brother, Estha.
8. Everybody loves a good drought: Stories from the India’s poorest districts – P. Sainath
Palesh Bansal on GoodReads: A very lucid description of the poor of India with a pretty detailed version of the problems faced by them. This book proves that an official can change the lives of a huge number of people and the only factor hindering his/her path is the selfish motives involved at various levels of the machinery.
9. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Capturing the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India, this book is set in the year 1975. The government has just declared emergency the book takes us through the lives of four strangers, a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village who are put together and share an unknown future.
10. FireProof – Raj Kamal Jha
A chilling and graphical tale of the riots in Ahmedabad in the year 2002. FireProof is narrated by Jay – a man who carries with him an unspeakable secret and a newborn baby – and a mystery woman, who writes with her fingers on glass, drawing man and child out of their home and on a journey across the burning city.