10 Books by Indian Authors which are must read


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10 Books by Indian Authors which are must read.

“Foreign authors are so nice, Indian should buckle up”. We hear this lot often about the Indian Authors, but it’s not true. Indian authors have given some extraordinary piece of work to the literature world which is beyond our imagination. We bring to you some amazing books are a good read if you are literature fan.

1.      Train To Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

The author takes you to the enthralled journey of two lovers, a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl. Post independence  the “Ghost train “ that eluded from the country and that was an incredible funeral train loaded with the dead bodies of thousands of refugees, bringing the village its first taste of horrors of civil war. It is a love story where two people suffer from the wrath. Train to Pakistan is the story of this isolated village that is plunged into the abyss of religious hate. The novel is set in 1947 when the partition of India took place. The book seems to be little slow in the starting then it gradually picks and the ending leaves you in tears. The simplicity of the plot and the characters is the book’s another positive in addition to the heart-rending end. The books takes us back in time and help me visualize Mano Majra and its people.

2.      The Palace Of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The book takes them to the epic journey of soulful trail. The story goes through the world famous Indian epic The Mahabharat which has been told from the point of the view of the amazing woman.  This story enfolds from the point of the modern day woman taking us back in the time of Mahabharata. The story is narrated by Panchaali herself; the novel takes us to the new heights of this ancient tale. It tells us tale from the beginning form her birth to the struggle she faces with the Pandavas. The strategic duels with her mother-in-law, her complicated friendship with Lord Krishna, or her attraction to mysterious man who is her husband’s most dangerous enemy has been shown I  the book with valour. The lady protagonist is shown as a fiery female redefining for us world warriors. Gods, and the ever- manipulating hands of fate.

 

3.      A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

 

This novel is a hard core love story by Vikram Seth. The love story is about a girl Lata who is trying to find a suitable boy for marriage with her mother. A Suitable Boy takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves. The novels remains the story of two ordinary people in love  who fight with their extraordinary and being in the web of love and ambition, humor and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette and the most appalling violence.

4.      The Great Indian Novel, Shashi Tharoor

The novel by Shashi Tharoor takes us to the epic journey of the epic the Mahabharata. The novel has events and characters from twentieth-century politics. The writer has blended the history with the modern day situation of the Indian struggle for freedom and independence. Mr.Tharoor directs his side splitting and time and again despicable satire as much as against Indian foibles and failings as against the bumbling of the British rulers. He has taken Mahabharata as the blueprint for the book and added some dramatics personae of the epic. The tone of Shashi Tharoor is satirical tone of satirical and delightfully suspect. Tharoor recasts these in a mythological, fictive realm, skillfully interweaving elements of traditional Eastern and Western literature. Despite his stereotypical treatment of British and Indian characters, he animates history with the imagination of an artist and the philosophy of a sage.

 

5.      Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand

 

Bakha is the protagonist of the novel. He is the young man, proud and even attractive but he is out casted from the society because he is an untouchable. The poem takes us to an journey where the protagonist is trying to find the question about the tragic existence he has been born into – and comes to an unexpected conclusion. The novel shook our conscience. The novel has criticism about the social injustice, ripping apart the hypocrisy of the powerful. The book is also a small reminder of ignorance of strength by the lower caste and the need for moral rejuvenation. Above all, ‘any social revolution should be practical’ is another message the book manages to convey.

 

6.      Maximum City by Suketu Mehta

 

Bombay native Mehta fills his kaleidoscopic portrait of "the biggest, fastest, richest city in India" with captivating moments of danger and dismay. Returning to Bombay (now known as Mumbai) from New York after a 21-year absence, Mehta is depressed by his beloved city's transformation, now swelled to 18 million and choked by pollution. Investigating the city's bloody 1992–1993 riots, he meets Hindus who massacred Muslims, and their leader, the notorious Godfather-like founder of the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, Bal Thackeray, "the one man most directly responsible for ruining the city I grew up in." Mehta likewise deploys a gritty documentary style when he investigates Bombay's sex industry, profiling an alluring, doomed dancing girl and a cross-dressing male dancer who leads a strange double life.

 

7.      The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

 

In exchange for her lucky leopard's claw pendant, Binya acquires a beautiful blue umbrella that makes her the envy of everyone in the village, especially Ram Bharosa, the shopkeeper. It is the prettiest umbrella in the whole village and she carries it everywhere she goes. 

The Blue Umbrella is a short and humorous novella set in the hills of Garhwal. Written in simple yet witty language, it captures life in a village - where ordinary characters become heroic, and others find opportunities to redeem themselves. 'The umbrella was like a flower, a great blue flower that had sprung up on the dry brown hillside.' The Blue Umbrella is a short and humorous novella set in the hills of Garhwal. Written in simple yet witty language, it captures life in a village - where ordinary characters become heroic, and others find opportunities to redeem themselves.

 

8.      English, August by Upmanyu Chatterjee

 

Agastya Sen, known to friends by the English name August, is a child of the Indian elite. His friends go to Yale and Harvard. August himself has just landed a prize government job. The job takes him to Madna, “the hottest town in India,” deep in the sticks. There he finds himself surrounded by incompetents and cranks, time wasters, bureaucrats, and crazies. What to do? Get stoned, shirk work, collapse in the heat, stare at the ceiling. Dealing with the locals turns out to be a lot easier for August than living with himself. English, August is a comic masterpiece from contemporary India. Like A Confederacy of Dunces and The Catcher in the Rye, it is both an inspired and hilarious satire and a timeless story of self-discovery.

 

 

9.      Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan

 


Malgudi days is a collection of 32 short funny and witty stories. Its author as I have mentioned in the title is R K Narayanan.

The stories happen in Malgudi, an imaginary town located somewhere on the banks of Sarayu (a river in South India). Even though it is common to call Malgudi an imaginary town, you will not feel it is imaginary while reading the book. You can trace it to any village in south India. The stories carry the scent and sounds of these villages and you instantly blend into the situations in the stories. You will feel as though you are the character in the story yourself and that is so wildly that you might cry. Anyway I can dare to say that once you read these stories the memories will last you for your lifetime. You will carry them to the grave!

 

10.     Em and the big Hoom by Jerry Pinto

 In a one-bedroom-hall-kitchen in Mahim, Bombay, through the last decades of the twentieth century, lived four love-battered Mendeses: mother, father, son and daughter. Between Em, the mother, driven frequently to hospital after her failed suicide attempts, and The Big Hoom, the father, trying to hold things together as best he could, they tried to be a family.

 

 

 

 

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