Worth reading – Works of foreign based authors of Indian descent
Love reading good novels and fiction work…. You must have read a couple of best sellers easily available in the market written by Western authors. Why not check out authors of Indian descent who have made a name for themselves across the globe and their books too, have been well acclaimed, some of them have been mentioned below so do have a glance at them –
A Bengali by birth, brought up in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka and presently residing in the US of A, Amitav Gosh is a prolific writer. Known for his painstaking research, graphic writing style and descriptive account of the historic periods most of his novels are set against, Amitav Gosh is definitely a class apart. Most of his books require a patient reading in ordered to be enjoyed thoroughly. Presently, he resides in Brooklyn, US and spends some time in Goa as well as Calcutta. His notable works include River of Smoke, Sea of Poppies, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide and others.
Born in Mussoorie, India, Anita Desai was brought up by her German mother and Bengali father and was introduced to German, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi and English during her childhood. Since she studied at an English school, she mastered the language quite quickly. In fact, her first book was published when she was just nine years old. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times and also has been awarded with the Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel Fire on the Mountain while her novel ‘The Village by the Sea’ got her the British Guardian Prize. Presently, she is serviced as the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology apart from writing. Her must reads include Clear Light of Day, In Custody, Fasting, Feasting. Incidentally, her daughter Kiran Desai is an accomplished novelist.
Born in London and brought up in the United States of America, Jhumpa Lahiri considers herself more as an American though she has frequently visited India along with her mother. Presently, she is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities as appointed by President Barack Obama. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the year 2000 for her very first book, the Namesake meanwhile her other worthy reads include Interpreter of Maladies, Unaccustomed Earth and the Lowland.
Born in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago to Indian parents, V.S. Naipul belongs to a literary family which include well known authors such as Seepersad Naipaul, Shiva Naipaul, Neil Bissoondath, and Vahni Capildeo. Having written a large number of books across fiction and nonfiction genre apart from writing travelogues and essays, V. S. Naipul has received many awards including the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Booker Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime achievement in British Literature. Don’t miss out his worthy reads which include The Mystic Masseur, The Suffrage of Elvira, A Flag on the Island, A Way in the World, The Mimic Men and many others.
Born in New Delhi and he has studied at Mayo College and St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and migrated to the United States as an undergraduate student. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain was inspired by the autobiography of Colonel James “Sikander” Skinner who belonged to the 19th century and had an Indian mother and a British father as his parents. Red Earth and Pouring Rain went on to receive the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the David Higham Prize for Fiction. His noteworthy writing includes Sacred Games and Love and Longing in Bombay which must be read.
Born in Bombay on 19 June 1947 belongs to Kashmir, India. Synonymous with his controversial novel, Midnight’s Children for which he won the Booker Prize in 1981, Salman Rushdie has had his share of controversies till date. Most of his literary work revolves around India and he effectively fuses the Eastern and Western beliefs, traditions, lifestyles in his novels which make them interesting and gripping. Presently, Salman Rushdie lives in the United States and has been honored with the appointed Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II of the UK and as one of the fifty great authors since 1945 by the Times. Worth reading his works include Grimus, The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, Shalimar the Clown and other novels and non-fictional writings.
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