We all love fiction books especially those written by accomplished authors. Accompanied by grappling plots, reality interwoven with fantasy set against varied themes, each of these fiction books have a lure of their own. We present you a list of intriguing fiction novels written by Indian authors who are equally popular and well received amongst avid readers.
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri – An interesting read written by an acclaimed Jhumpa Lahiri, an Indian American author, the plot revolves around immigrants and conflict of cultural identities their children face as they grow up on foreign land. A typically Bengali family who settles down in Massachusetts names their son as Gogol, after a famous Russian author. As Gogol grows up, he dislikes his name and changes it to Nikhil. It is only after his father reveals the real reason behind his naming and his death, Gogol finally realizes the value of life and cherishes his true identity. Other books written by Jhumpa Lahiri are the Interpreter of Maladies, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Magic Barrel.
The Glass Palace
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh – An historical novel put forth by Amitav Gosh, one of the most accomplished Indian after a painstaking research of nearly 5 years. The story takes you through South Asian countries of Burma, India and Malay during the early 20th century. Apart from changing times, the political strife along with economic turbulence does bring about sweeping changes not only in the society as a whole but also affects lives of the people as well. The Glass Palace is a family saga entwined with adventure and compassion making it a definite read especially at a leisure pace if you wish to truly enjoy Amitav Ghosh and his writing.
The 3 Mistakes of My Life
The 3 Mistakes of My Life by Chetan Bhagat – Based on his real life experiences, 3 Mistakes of My Life is a novel of three young aspiring guys who wish to make it big in their lives. Considering their love for the game of cricket, they open a cricket store and face a gamut of hurdles accompanied by their set of mistakes. Do they pay the price of being immature and inexperienced while dreaming big? Is achieving success indeed one of the toughest challenges in life? Do catch up more on this by reading the novel. By the way, its movie adaptation “Kai Po Che” has been quite successful too, which gives you yet another reason to read the book. Other novels written by him include What Young India Wants, Revolution 2020, 2 States: The Story of My Marriage which are equally popular.
Sultry Days by Shobha De – Big Dreams and shocking realities are part of our lives today. Sultry Days is a novel about a whirlwind romance of a young budding college girl called Nisha with a boy named God. As both of them enter the world of advertising and journalism with a burning desire to make it big, their life is filled with parties, fixers, whores and sycophants and other members of the high society. Do they actually succeed in their goals? Well, to know that you need to read Sultry Days. Shobe De’s vivid description of the so called high class society and creative style of writing make this book a must read.
Wise and Otherwise
Wise and Otherwise by Sudha Murthy – An accomplished writer in her own way, Sudha Murthy’s novels are known for her simplicity and heart rendering true life experiences. Wise and Otherwise is a collection of fifty one short stories each of which are eye openers to the grim realities of today. Supporting senior citizens, providing basic necessities of life to the extremely downtrodden and poor people whose fate is not on their side are some of the initiatives undertaken by her which have taken shape as stories in this book. The stories reflect her experiences during her travels across India and her attempts to lessen their misery, this is what makes Wise and Otherwise a definite read across all age groups
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