India is a country with many great storytellers, but there are a few novels you just can’t miss reading even if you are not much into Indian books.
1. Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra–
Published in 2006, Sacred Games is a gripping story of Inspector Satraj Singh and the gangster Ganesh Gaitonde unveiling the secrets of the streets of Mumbai and the underworld.
2. Umrao Jan Ada by Mirza Hadi ‘Ruswa’–
The 1893 cult classic was set in the era of 19th century and narrated the story of a girl who was kidnapped and sold to a kotha. It was translated by Khushwant Singh and MA Husaini.
3. Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali–
Ahead of its time, Ahmed Ali with his book published in 1940, created an ideal scene of the British era smoothly taking you through the English rule and witnessing old Delhi making way for the new one.
4. The Immortals by Amit Choudhari–
Published in 1970, this story based on the Bombay of 1970-80’s deals with two families whose fortunes are interconnected through music.
5. The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh–
Published in the year 1988 and set on the backdrop of Calcutta riots of 1964, this classic tale of 2 families will leave you thinking and wanting for more.
6. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy–
This celebrated writer & activists won six Booker Prizes for this book & have so far sold 6 million copies. Set in a Kerala village, The God of Small Things talks about injustices on a family and its trials.
7. The Fig Tree by Aubrey Menon–
Published in 1959, The Fig Tree is about a brilliant scientist who inadvertently invents aphrodisiac figs.
8. Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh–
Written by the bold Indian writer& published in the year 1956, Train to Pakistan talks about the history of Delhi from the Nadir Shah era to the rise of the British Empire and ending with the tragic assassination of the Indian PM Indira Gandhi.
9. Cuckold by Kiran Nagarkar–
The author published this fictional tale in the year 1997, based on the life of Krishna’s ardent devotee Mira bai’s story involving her mortal husband and talks about Babur invading Indian land.
10. The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri–
Published in the year 2001, The Death of Vishnu takes you through the spiritual journey of a dying man Vishnu who works on a Bombay building.
11. Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur–
This very first book of the English professor at Delhi University was a bestseller & deals about the story of a young woman of Punjab in love with the married man during the partition struggle of India.
12. Paro by Namita Gokhale–
Published in 1984, this book created a sensation by putting the life of socialite women Paro and Priya in the limelight.
13. Kanthapura by Raja Rao–
The book published in 1938 narrated how Gandhi wave swept a small castiest village Kanthapura in South India.
14. The English Teacher by RK Narayan–
This classic by the celebrated Indian writer published in 1945, dealt with the life of a man Krishna and his trials after his wife dies out of typhoid.
15. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry–
A contestant for the Booker Prize, this book was published in 1995 and deals with four people who come together to form an accidental family.