1. The Unproposed Guy by Bhavik Sarkhedi and Suhana Bhambhani This novel follows Kevin, a perpetually single man navigating the chaos of adulting. Filled with humor and wit, Kevin’s existential crises and romantic misadventures offer a satirical look at modern relationships and societal expectations. Sarkhedi and Bhambhani blend sarcasm with heartwarming moments, making it a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
  2. English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee Agastya Sen, known as August, lands a government job in the scorching town of Madna. The novel humorously explores his cultural and personal adjustments, highlighting the absurdities of bureaucratic life and the clash between modernity and tradition. Chatterjee’s sharp wit and keen observations make this a standout comedy.
  3. The Backbenchers Series by Sidharth Oberoi This series, including “Extra Class” and “Missed Calls,” delves into the high school dramas of various teenagers. Each book presents unique, hilarious tales of adolescent life, capturing heartbreaks, friendships, and the impulsive decisions of youth. Oberoi’s portrayal of teenage antics is both relatable and entertaining.
  4. Page 6 and Beyond: Let’s Steer the Pot by Hureen Saghar Gandhi Gandhi offers a humorous take on the generational gap in technology through the lens of WhatsApp group dynamics. Her stories, filled with charm and wit, depict the often comical journey of older adults adapting to new technology. The everyday scenarios are rendered hilarious with Gandhi’s sharp, observational humor.
  5. Hostelitis: Surviving Hostel Life by Srinivasa Addepalli Based on Addepalli’s own college experiences, this novel captures the chaos and camaraderie of hostel life. The narrative is a blend of humor, emotion, and adventure, depicting friendships, career aspirations, and love in a light-hearted manner. It’s a nostalgic and funny trip down memory lane for anyone who has lived in a hostel.
  6. When I Was Husbandless by Ritika Madaan This light-hearted read finds humor in everyday situations. Madaan’s book is relatable, especially to women, as it explores the trials and triumphs of single life with wit and warmth. Her writing brings out the comedy in mundane events, making it a delightful read.
  7. I Also Slept with Rashmi Verma by Love Thon Set in a New Delhi college, this novel is a comedic exploration of unrequited love and campus life. The protagonist’s futile attempts to win over Rashmi, who seems to be involved with everyone but him, provide a humorous and candid look at young love and jealousy.
  8. Dissected by Naveen Kakkar This book humorously portrays the life of medical students in India. From the absurdities of lab classes to the quirks of campus romance, Kakkar’s narrative is filled with sarcasm and wit. It’s a hilarious yet realistic depiction of the challenges and fun of pursuing a medical degree.
  9. The Great Indian Democracy by Manivannan K This political satire critiques India’s socio-political landscape with intelligent humor. Manivannan uses wit to highlight the discrepancies and ironies within the democratic system, making readers laugh while pondering serious issues. It’s both thought-provoking and entertaining.
  10. The Panchatheertha Part 1 by Rajiv Mittal Mittal revisits the ancient Indian collection of animal fables, “Panchatantra,” adding modern twists and satirical humor. His storytelling is engaging, with characters and scenarios that are amusing and reflective of contemporary society’s quirks.
  11. Tulsiprasad Bandhopadhyay: The Next MLA! by Sudeep Satheesan This book is a light-hearted political satire focusing on Tulsiprasad’s comical journey to becoming an MLA. Satheesan’s humorous take on politics and the electoral process is both entertaining and insightful, capturing the absurdities of political life.
  12. 30+ Everything: Tales of a Woman in her Thirties by Dr. Mridula AM This collection of anecdotes, musings, and funny tales reflects the author’s experiences and observations. Dr. Mridula’s humor is relatable, especially for women in their thirties, as she navigates through life’s various phases with wit and wisdom.
  13. The Text God by Whitney Dineen and Melanie Summers Although not purely Indian, this book is a humorous, light-hearted romance where the protagonist mistakenly believes she’s texting with God. The comedic misunderstandings and romantic developments make for an amusing and cozy read.
  14. The Greatest Enemy of Rain Stories by Manu Bhattathiri This collection of short stories humorously explores the mundane lives of ordinary people. Bhattathiri’s keen eye for the peculiarities in everyday situations brings out the humor in the most unexpected places.
  15. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Indian Bureaucracy by Nirupama Subramanian A satirical look at the Indian bureaucracy, Subramanian’s novel humorously depicts the inefficiencies and absurdities within government offices. Her sharp observations and witty writing make this a laugh-out-loud read about the complexities of Indian bureaucratic life.

These novels highlight the diversity and richness of Indian humor, each offering a unique perspective and plenty of laughs. For more information and to purchase these books, check out sources like Write Right​ (Write Right)​, BookGeeks​ (bookGeeks)​, and Bhavik Sarkhedi’s blog​ (Bhavik Sarkhedi)​​ (Bhavik Sarkhedi)​.

Top 15 Hilarious Comedy Novels by Indian Writers

Rank Title Author Description
1 The Unproposed Guy Bhavik Sarkhedi and Suhana Bhambhani Follows Kevin, a perpetually single man navigating the chaos of adulting. Filled with humor and wit, Kevin’s existential crises and romantic misadventures offer a satirical look at modern relationships and societal expectations.
2 English, August Upamanyu Chatterjee Agastya Sen, known as August, lands a government job in the scorching town of Madna. The novel humorously explores his cultural and personal adjustments, highlighting the absurdities of bureaucratic life and the clash between modernity and tradition.
3 The Backbenchers Series Sidharth Oberoi This series delves into the high school dramas of various teenagers. Each book presents unique, hilarious tales of adolescent life, capturing heartbreaks, friendships, and the impulsive decisions of youth.
4 Page 6 and Beyond: Let’s Steer the Pot Hureen Saghar Gandhi Gandhi offers a humorous take on the generational gap in technology through the lens of WhatsApp group dynamics. Her stories depict the often comical journey of older adults adapting to new technology with charm and wit.
5 Hostelitis: Surviving Hostel Life Srinivasa Addepalli Based on Addepalli’s own college experiences, this novel captures the chaos and camaraderie of hostel life. The narrative is a blend of humor, emotion, and adventure, depicting friendships, career aspirations, and love in a light-hearted manner.
6 When I Was Husbandless Ritika Madaan This light-hearted read finds humor in everyday situations. Madaan’s book is relatable, especially to women, as it explores the trials and triumphs of single life with wit and warmth.
7 I Also Slept with Rashmi Verma Love Thon Set in a New Delhi college, this novel is a comedic exploration of unrequited love and campus life. The protagonist’s futile attempts to win over Rashmi, who seems to be involved with everyone but him, provide a humorous and candid look at young love and jealousy.
8 Dissected Naveen Kakkar This book humorously portrays the life of medical students in India. From the absurdities of lab classes to the quirks of campus romance, Kakkar’s narrative is filled with sarcasm and wit.
9 The Great Indian Democracy Manivannan K This political satire critiques India’s socio-political landscape with intelligent humor. Manivannan uses wit to highlight the discrepancies and ironies within the democratic system, making readers laugh while pondering serious issues.
10 The Panchatheertha Part 1 Rajiv Mittal Mittal revisits the ancient Indian collection of animal fables, “Panchatantra,” adding modern twists and satirical humor. His storytelling is engaging, with characters and scenarios that are amusing and reflective of contemporary society’s quirks.
11 Tulsiprasad Bandhopadhyay: The Next MLA! Sudeep Satheesan This book is a light-hearted political satire focusing on Tulsiprasad’s comical journey to becoming an MLA. Satheesan’s humorous take on politics and the electoral process is both entertaining and insightful.
12 30+ Everything: Tales of a Woman in her Thirties Dr. Mridula AM This collection of anecdotes, musings, and funny tales reflects the author’s experiences and observations. Dr. Mridula’s humor is relatable, especially for women in their thirties, as she navigates through life’s various phases with wit and wisdom.
13 The Text God Whitney Dineen and Melanie Summers Although not purely Indian, this book is a humorous, light-hearted romance where the protagonist mistakenly believes she’s texting with God. The comedic misunderstandings and romantic developments make for an amusing and cozy read.
14 The Greatest Enemy of Rain Stories Manu Bhattathiri This collection of short stories humorously explores the mundane lives of ordinary people. Bhattathiri’s keen eye for the peculiarities in everyday situations brings out the humor in the most unexpected places.
15 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Indian Bureaucracy Nirupama Subramanian A satirical look at the Indian bureaucracy, Subramanian’s novel humorously depicts the inefficiencies and absurdities within government offices. Her sharp observations and witty writing make this a laugh-out-loud read about the complexities of Indian bureaucratic life.

 

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