The history and heritage of literature in India are unique, stretching back over 3000 years. Indian English literacy can be relatively shorter, but it also has rich masterpieces that won prizes and are highly acclaimed by critics. To launch your reading journey, we have compiled a list of books by Indian writers, who have greatly influenced the literature of the world. Are you confused about the next book? Are you looking for Indian writers’ best books and novels? We have something in store for everyone. The Indian English Literature is long overdue, with thousands of new titles now being launched every year from several English books released one year earlier. Here, you will find a list of all the famous books in India.
Famous Books in India
The book market of India is forecast at 739 billion Rs in 2020. India ranks second with over 9,000 publishers in English after the US. In 2010, India released 21,600 new English titles in an early modest 20th century after Independence. It can be an intimidating challenge to find the best Indian novels amongst the lot with so many books and Indian literature growing through springtime. In any case, books come as lifesavers. You will be your friend in any mood for a long journey, a sleepless night, or a lazy day. The strength of the words is nothing greater. Deciding which book to choose is still time-consuming when a thousand choices are open. So save your time by presenting the list of famous books in India by Indian writers.
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1. Mahatma Gandhi – The Story of My Experiments With Truth
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has long been regarded as a pivotal figure in Indian history. Gandhi has always been a fascinating, inspiring, and remarkable figure to learn about, from his unbeatable spirit to inspiring bravery, from numerous controversies to his life as the father of the country. If you want to learn everything there is to know about Gandhi and his journey, you must read ‘My Experiments with Reality,’ his autobiography that spans his life from early childhood to 1921.
The introduction describes Gandhi’s return to writing at the request of a fellow inmate at Yerwada Central jail. The autobiography was written in the form of weekly journals, which were then collected and published as a book. The book captures many unexplained facets of Gandhi’s life, from his childhood experiences to his experimentation with eating beef, smoking, drinking, and cheating, to the death of his father.
2. R K Narayan – The Guide
R.K Narayan is best known for his stories set in the fictitious village of Malgudi. Another tale set in Malgudi is The Reference. In 1960, R.K. Narayan received the Sahitya Akademi Award for the novel. The Guide tells the storey of a tour guide who turns into a charismatic Guru and then into India’s greatest holy man. The novel was also made into a film starring the legendary actor Dev Anand.
3. Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance
This is Mistry’s second book, released in 1995, and, like his first novel, Such A Long Road, it earned universal acclaim around the world. A delicate equilibrium circles around numerous characters in Mumbai (then Bombay) during a time of political upheaval and government emergency. The tale of friendship and passion that develops within the book’s characters will keep you reading until the end.
4. Salman Rushdie – Midnight’s Children
Midnight’s Children shows India’s transition from British rule to independence and then partition. The novel was a huge success, winning the Booker Prize in 1981 and the “Booker of Bookers” Prize (which honours the best of all Booker winners) twice – in 1993 and 2008! The book takes the reader to different parts of the world, including Kashmir, Agra, and Mumbai, and includes several historical events. The novel was also named to the list of the 100 Best Novels of All Time.
5. Vikram Seth – A Suitable Boy
This 1349-page book, released in 1993, is one of the longest novels ever published in a single volume in the English language. The tale is set in post-partition India, where a family is looking for a suitable boy to marry their daughter. A Suitable Girl, Seth’s follow-up novel, was published in 2016.
6. Arundhati Roy – God of Small Things
Roy’s debut book, which took almost four years to complete, is about fraternal twins and how little details can have a huge effect on people’s lives and actions. The novel won the Booker Prize in 1997 and is Roy’s only published novel to date. The novel, told in the third person, is set in Kerala in 1969.
7. Vikram Chandra – Red Earth and Pouring Rain
The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel was awarded to Red Earth and Pouring Rain in 1996. The novel is based on the biography of James Skinner, a legendary Anglo-Indian soldier of the nineteenth century. It also weaves Indian mythology and history into the storey of three college students. The novel is written in the pattern of a storey within a storey, and it tells the storey of two characters with a mythological touch and a contemporary subplot.
8. Rabindranath Tagore – Gitanjali
Tagore’s book of poetry, originally published in Bengali in August 1910, including 157 poems. There are 103 poems in the English edition. Tagore’s translations of 53 original Bengali poems and 50 other poems from his drama Achalayatan are included in this collection. The poems are mainly metaphysical, with a touch of nature thrown in for good measure. Tagore received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for this collection.
9. Khushwant Singh – Train to Pakistan
Train to Pakistan is an engrossing depiction of India’s partition. The novel explores the emotional side of things while also conveying a sense of truth and horror. Singh’s description of a village where a prosperous and caring society devolves into one motivated by hate and terror is extraordinary. The portrayal of the characters raises the novel and makes it more fun to read. The novel, which was released in 1956, has also been translated into Tamil and adapted into a film of the same name.
10. A K Ramanujan – The Collected Poems
The book is a collection of poetry drawn from three books he wrote during his lifetime. In 1999, he won the Sahitya Akademi Award for this compilation. Ramanujan’s Kannada poetry books have been translated into English. In 1976, he was awarded the Padma Shri.
11. Nirad C Chaudhuri, The Autobioraphy of an Unknown Indian
With this book, Chaudhari established himself as one of India’s greatest authors. The novel, published in 1951, chronicles the writer’s life from his birth in Bangladesh in 1897 to his youth in Calcutta. Nirad’s masterpiece, the book brilliantly captures every minute aspect of his surroundings and contemporary India. It has gained worldwide recognition over time. Winston Churchill said it was one of the best books he’d ever read. It was published in 1998 as one of the few Indian contributions to The New Oxford Book of English Prose.
Other Famous Books in India
- Malgudi Days by R K Narayan
- The Private Life of an Indian Prince by Mulk Raj Anand
- Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand
- Godan by Munshi Premchand, Translated by Jai Ratan
- The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond
- The Complete Adventures of Feluda by Satyajit Ray
- Combat of Shadows by Manohar Malgonkar
- The White Toger by Aravind Adiga
- The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
- Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
- Narcoplis by Jeet Thayil
- The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor
- Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai
- The House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar
- Vanity Bagh by Anees Salim
- History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
- From Plassey to Partition: A History of Modern India by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
- India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
- Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India’s Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal
- What Happened to Netaji? By Anuj Dhar
- The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda
- Mahabharata by C Rajagopalachari
- Yajnaseni: The Story of Draupadi by Pratibha Ray
- Ramayana (Series) by Ashok K Banker
- my Hanuman Chalisa by Devdutt Pattanaik
- The Devil’s Wind by Manohar Malgonkar
- Taj Mahal Triology by Indu Sundaresan
- Empire by Devi Yesodharan
- Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi
- I Too Had a Love Story by Ravinder Singh
- The Girl of My Dreams by Durjoy Datta
- Sorry You’re Not My Type by Sudeep Nagarkar
- 2 States: The Story of My Marriage by Chetan Bhagat
- The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan
- Almost Single by Advaita Kala
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