“Raaton ko chalti hai mobile pe ungliyaan, seene pe kitab rakh ke soye kaafi arsa ho gya“
And we couldn’t agree more with these lines by Piyush Mishra. In this world of technology, we are forgetting our favorite mates i.e Books, no complaints and no demands. They accompany us on a long journey, a bad mood or a lazy day.
But with lots of options available, we keep on thinking about which book to read. So, to get you people started we have come up with a list of books by Indian Authors which have influenced the course of literature.
1. Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
The book recounts the partition of India in 1947. Khushwant Singh talks in this book talk about a village Mano Majro, situated on the border of India and Pakistan. He described that how a loving and peacefully community turns into one driven by hatred. The book also has been adapted into a film of the same name.
2. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
It is a collection of 9 stories based on the lives of Indians and Indian Americans who are between the two cultures. It was published in 1999 and won Pulitzer prize for fiction and Hemingway foundation/Pen award in 2000 and has sold over 15 million copy all over the world.
3. Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond
Not all books can appeal to both kids and adults but Ruskin Bond’s this book has that quality. It is published in 1980. The premise of the story is set in a remote village of Himachal Pradesh where a poor little girl whose name is Biniya is charmed by a blue umbrella owned by a rich family.
4. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
This novel gives us an interpretation of the ancient tale Mahabharatha. It tells us epic from the perspective of Draupadi, wife of Pandavas. It takes us to the time that is a half myth, half history and fully magical.
5. Nectar In A Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
Nectar in a Sieve is a pioneering book that outlines the importance of woman’s simplicity, her desires, her love for her loved ones, her sacrifices and her intelligence in rural India. This is a story of a peasant woman who fought a fearless and persistent battle with life.
6. The Guide by R.K Narayan
The novel is published in 1958 and like most of his works, it is also based on Malgudi, the fictional town in South India. This is a powerful story about spiritual transformation and self-realization. It shows how a tour guides transform himself into a spiritual guru and then the greatest holy man of India. R.K Narayan got Sahitya Academy Award for this book in 1960 and was also adapted as a film starred by actor Dev Anand with the same name.
7. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
This book is a Booker Prize winner and got an appreciation for its look on contradictions and different social disparities in contemporary India. It is about a man, Balram’s quest for freedom, how he overcome the caste barriers in society which limited him in past.
8. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Written over a period of seven long years after her first book. It talks about the conflicts between different groups in India back then and now. How western culture and English language dominates in India and also captures the perception of various opportunities in the U.S. It won various awards like Man Booker Prize 2006, National Book Critics Circle award in 2007 and Vodafone Crossword Book Award in 2006.
9. The Collector’s Wife by Mitra Phukan
It is a book based on insurgencies in Assam and how it affects the lives of people living in small town of Assam. The story talks about the life of a girl Rukmini, who is married to a district collector who always remains busy with the workload, barely fulfill her desires. A random meeting with a salesman Manoj brings joy to her life.the story is skillfully weaved and hit hard at reader’s heart. The book has a power to bind you in the first five pages and makes it quite gripping.