Books are the best companion in one’s life. It takes to a whole new world and introduces various characters. Books dive into the writer’s thoughts and extract something meaningful. It is a mixture of experiences and knowledge.
India is also known for its unique literary history and tradition dating over 3,000 years. English Indian literature, though not so old, is rich with its extraordinary award-winning books.
Here are a few books written by Indian authors who have inspired the country. Book lovers should not, at any cost, miss reading it.
1The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Man-Booker-Prize-winning debut novel of Aravind Adiga is known for its brilliant humor. The story presents the dark side of the unspoken people of the country. The book has humor, suspense, and questionable morality written in a very captivating way. The story is of a darkly comic Bangalore driver who suffers the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society.
2 Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
A 1945 novel, set in India during intense urban development, is the chronicle of the marriage between the youngest daughter of a village headman named Rukmani and a tenant farmer named Nathan. The story is narrated by Rukmani and revolves around her, beginning from her marriage to the death of her husband many years later. The novel shows her optimistic attitude even when surrounded by many obstacles. The title ‘Nectar in a Sieve’ is taken from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 1825 poem ‘Work Without Hope.’
3 The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor
The Great Indian Novel is a satirical novel written by Shashi Tharoor, an Indian politician, a writer, a former international diplomat, and serving as a member of the Indian Parliament. The novel recasts and resets the Hindu epic Mahabharata in line with the Indian Independence Movement and post-independence’s first three decades. The book has also discussed the weaknesses of Indians and the torture of British rulers.
4 Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
The historical novel published in 1956 highlights the events of the great partition of British India in August 1947 through the viewpoint of Mano Majra, a fictional border village. The book focuses on human loss, its horrors, and the migration of people from Pakistan to India. It focuses not only on political events but also on a sense of reality, believability, and horror.
5 Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The novel takes us to a time of half history, half myth, and an entire magical world. The bestselling author gives voice to Panchali, the heroine of the Mahabharata. He marries all the five Pandava brothers, fosters a hidden love, remains at their husbands’ side through years of exile and a terrible civil war, and learns about her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna, her husband’s most deadly enemy.