It is undeniable that India is a land of stories that offers great outlines from different genres ranging across diverse senses of humankind. Not just that, the country has a lot to offer when it comes to variety, social beliefs, typical systems, and inspirations. India has many evident authors writing books about unique concepts and categories. We believe Indian authors have contributed significantly to the literature and bookwork that have been instant hits or classics across the globe. That is why we have come up with ten books that prove the best work performed by Indian authors in the world of writing with their most exemplary storytelling skills and simultaneously touched and jolted our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. We won’t talk about how many reviews the book has or the number of sales. We rather talk about why they are on this awe-inspiring list.
The Unproposed Guy introduces you to a character named Kevin, who will take you through a roller coaster ride, which is his entire life. The book talks about a phenomenon called ‘Existential Crisis,’ which Kevin eventually realised was his life after going through failed relationships, a not so happening life routine. You will come across Kevin’s personality as he is passionate, desperate, romantic, unapologetically funny, and straightforward. The book is written by two different genders and offers a 360-degree perspective of life and other aspects and how you can lead even when things are not according to you.
2. So Now You Know by Vivek Tejuja
ven though the Indian law has been favourable to the LGBTQ community, at least on paper, we live in a society where still many can’t completely digest the fact or existence of people with different sexual interests. The author Vivek Tejuja blatantly talks about the experience of being gay in an Indian family back in the 90s. Although the author has accepted the fact that he was privileged enough to be a part of a society or family that was in a developing sense, his identity of being gay was still a matter of concern that was not entirely accepted by many. You can imagine how hard it would be for the author at that time when there was no one to approach and when it felt like there was no one else like him. It undoubtedly offers a great perspective from the lens of someone who is part of the community itself.
3. The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga
Arvind has discussed a sharp cut between the rich and the poor in his book The white tiger. You have come across many rich family stories, but this book here takes a different path and shows you the other side of it. It speaks about the character Balram and his relationship with his Saab Ashok. The typical ignorant wealthy family’s treatment of their servants and how they keep using their loyalty for their personal interests all the time. The deep secrets the servants generally keep out of their loyalty. But things turn wild when the aspiration of being on the other side of the servant or car driver Balram gets triggered and what he decides to be the storyline of this surprising book further.
4. 14 Stories That Inspired Satyajit Ray by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay
If you love reading more about humankind, you will surely love this anthology of short stories adapted into films by great Satyajit Ray. The book has 14 stories that capture the essence of human life in its vulnerable state—nothing more to say about this book but everything to read and experience individually.
5. A writer’s Nightmare by R.K. Narayan
The Indian writer R.K. Narayan is probably the only author who has contributed to people’s lives who were born before Gen Z. The tune of the Malgudi days is still alive in our hearts. The beauty and innocence of those short stories have made our childhood happy. Narayan’s book is the result of his liking for writing personal essays. The book discusses how it dealt with different life subjects like architecture, the caste system, weddings, umbrellas, and many other topics that highlight the true essence of India as a nation.
6. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy, an accomplished Indian author, tells the most relevant story possible for any typical Indian middle-class family, which is most of India. It is a drama that revolves around a family, their relations with each other, and how their takes on different life aspects affect each other in the future. The book talks about social laws, beliefs, and issues that arise with them. You will experience typical themes like the caste system, social discrimination, feminism, history, politics, love laws, and betrayal that can be a part of a family.
7. Sita: Warrior of Mithila by Amish
Amish Tripathi has come up with probably the most intriguing concept about Indian culture, i.e., mythology. India, a country with many mythological concepts and stories, offers a lot if you want to explore it. With his book, Sita: Warrior of Mithila, Amish has reimagined everything that happened at the time of Lord Rama, particularly about Ramayan. The book provides an all-new viewpoint of fiction, spiced up with mythology.
8. Tales and Legend from India by Ruskin Bond
Ruskin Bond is one of those Indian authors who have lifted the Indian literature work to a new level with his constant writing pieces. Tales and Legend from India is one fantastic book that includes a collection of short stories in three different sections. It offers the taste and knowledge about different social setups in the country with their typical mythical short stories. These mythical stories have been part of entertainment and knowledge that travels through generations and keeps going on further. You will surely get some of the book relatable irrespective of your background. You will enjoy this master piece.
9. The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee
The book talks about the power of spices when used in balanced proportions and handled by a woman named Tilo, who lives far away. She holds the extraordinary power in spices and their art and uses it to cure people who visit her for help. A phase in life happens where she needs to choose between her powers and the new life filled with love that she starts liking. The story has the feeling of joy, sadness, and, more importantly, the brink of being in a fantasy world.
10. Nectar in A Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
The British-Indian novelist puts a lot in perspective in her book ‘Nectar in A Sieve’ with her effortless writing. It talks about post-independence time and the life of the characters who only knew living by the land, i.e., agriculture. It starts with quite a feeling of adequacy and suddenly goes downhill and shows the impact of failed crops in their lives, and it’s not getting better. You will know much about starvation, hunger, and poverty in this book and how life and the coming generation can be affected by it. You will feel thankful for every small thing you have in terms of clothes to wear, food to eat, accessories to use, and so on. This book teaches you the importance of being grounded and humble and will surely leave you spellbound.
All the mentioned books are pure gems penned by great Indian authors. The collection has everything from all major genres and provides enough on the plate of any reader out there.