9 Must read books by Indian authors

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Fond of reading? Well no matter if you are a reading maniac or just a casual reader, here are few books by Indian authors none of us would wanna miss. Some books are just so amazing that you can’t and shouldn’t resist. So here is a list of 9 such books by some of the greatest Indian authors. Maybe next time you pick up a book to read you will have a look at one of these.

  1. Malgudi days-R.k Narayan

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Malgudi days written by R.K Narayan is a collection of short stories. The book contains 19 stories, all set in the fictional town of Malgudi, located in South India.  Each of the stories portrays a facet of life in Malgudi.  The New York Times described the virtue of the book as “everyone in the book seems to have a capacity for responding to the quality of his particular hour. It’s an art we need to study and revive.”

2. God of small things-Arundhati roy

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The god of small things is the debut novel of Indian writer Arundhati roy.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, how and how much”. The book explores how the small things affect people’s behavior and their lives.

3.The namesake-Jhumpa lahiri

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The Namesake is the first novel of Jhumpa lahiri that explores many of the same emotional and cultural themes. Moving between events in Calcutta, Boston and New York City, the novel examines the nuances involved with being caught between two conflicting cultures with highly distinct religious, social and ideological differences. The novel describes the struggles and hardships of a Bengali couple who immigrate to the United States to form a life outside of everything they are accustomed to.

4.Train to Pakistan-Kushwant Singh

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Train to Pakistan is a historical novel by Kushwant Singh. The novel recounts the Partition of India in August 1947.Instead of depicting the partition in terms of only the political events surrounding it, Singh digs into a deep local focus, providing a human dimension which brings to the event a sense of reality, horror and believability.

5. Midnight’s children- Salman Rushdie

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This book deals with India’s transition from British colonialism to independence and the partition of British India. It is considered an example of postcolonial literature and magical realism.  The story is told by its chief protagonist, Saleem Sinai, and is set in the context of actual historical events as with historical fiction

6.Inheritance of loss-Kiran desai

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The Inheritance of Loss remains a powerful book written with sheer honesty. The inner struggles of the characters could not be conveyed any better. The book is unflinchingly honest.

7.The white tiger-Aravind adiga

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The White Tiger is the debut novel by Indian author Aravind Adiga. The novel provides a darkly humorous perspective of India’s class struggle in a globalized world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy. In detailing Balram’s journey first to Delhi, where he works as a chauffeur to a rich landlord, and then to Bangalore, the place to which he flees after killing his master and stealing his money, the novel examines issues of religion, caste, loyalty, corruption and poverty in India. Ultimately, Balram transcends his sweet-maker caste and becomes a successful entrepreneur, establishing his own taxi service. In a nation proudly shedding a history of poverty and underdevelopment, he represents, as he himself says, “tomorrow.”

8.The blue umbrella- Ruskin bond

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The book is about a young village girl, who is total love with her magnificent, beautiful, and pleasing blue colored umbrella, and soon becomes the topic of discussion for the entire village. An old man, who cons children from their belongings gets fascinated with the blue umbrella, and is extremely jealous, from the fact that the young girl is getting all the attention, just because of that umbrella. Sometimes, in life, how do small things affect us emotionally, and how things changes when those small little things are no longer a part of us.

9.Palace of Illusion- Chitra Banarjee Diwakaruni

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The novel is a rendition of the Hindu epic Mahabharata as told from Draupadi’s (Panchaali’s) viewpoint, namely, that of a woman living in a patriarchal world.

 

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