By | August 12, 2017

Top 10 books/novels by Indian authors

Wondering which book to start next, now that you have completed marvelling about your previous read? To make your pick easy, here is a list of Top 10 books by Indian authors which are an instant hit. What’s common in all these books is that they are written by Indian authors. So, if you are willing to escape the reality and enter Indian backdrop, take a look at this.


If it’s not forever It’s not love is both romance and thriller novel. Mean while it is written by the two best trending authors in this genre. The plot is quite interesting, Chadinichowk bomb blast survivor returns to the spot with haunting memories of blast. He finds half burnt diary which unveils a story of love. The story expresses what an unconditional love is, with mixed emotions and journey to different parts of India to chase mystery. This book is recommended for those who love romantic novels with mystery added to it. For this reason, this book must be in the list of  Top 10 books/novels by Indian authors.

Author: Durjoy Datta and Nikita Singh

Goodreads rating:  3.66(6889 ratings)

Amazon price: 247/-

Pages: 140

Published year: 2013


The Bankster is a fast paced thriller with series of murders and chasing the mystery with nail biting twists. The plot is wonderfully woven between a covert CIA agent, a multi-national bank in Mumbai and an anti-nuclear plant agitation in Kerala. The language is simple and the banking systems and processes are easy to comprehend for even a non-banking person.  Ravi Subramanian has surely justified what the Wall Street Journal said – ‘Meet the John Grisham of banking.’ This is more than enough for “The Bankster” to be in the list of Top 10 books/novels by Indian authors. This book is worth a read if you love thrillers based on Indian setting.

Author: Ravi Subramaniam 

Goodreads rating:  3.59(2,940 ratings)

Amazon price: 230/-

Pages: 358

Published year: 2012


The inheritance of loss is about the lives of a retired judge, an isolated teenager and a hapless cook. It is set against the backdrop of the Gorkhaland revolution in India, when Gorkhas are fighting for separate state. The novel is what the social world should know about the effects of imperialism and colonialism, loss of identity, effects of western culture on psyches of Indians. The story is hilariously juxtaposed with real time tragedies at critical situations in the world.

“Kiran Desai’s new novel manages to explore, with intimacy and insight, just about every contemporary international issue: globalization, economic inequality, fundamentalism and terrorist violence. Despite being set in the mid-1980s, it seems the best kind of post 9/11 novel” -New York Times

Author: Kiran Desai

Goodreads rating:  3.41(40,176 ratings)

Amazon price: 336/-

Pages: 323

Published year: 2006

         7. THE SHADOW LINES:

A nonlinear narration of themes interconnected with each other adds excellence to this novel. It was a journey through unnamed narrator’s who tries to explain that our lives are made up of memories. The author makes the theme credulous that boundaries which people create are mere shadows and memories have ability to erase them. The author beautifully pictured the heterogeneous global world with this story. The shadow lines is highly recommended to understand the Innocence of childhood, struggles over identity, Nationalism, Cultural differences and other important human emotions.

Ghosh stands out for his sensitive and resonant use of language…one is continuously brought up short by a felicitous turn of phrase or by the dazzling appositeness of word…Ghosh uses to great effect a matrix of multiple points of view in which memory, mythology and history freely interpenetrate…A delight to read. Girish Karnand in The Indian Express

Author: Jhumpa Lahari

Goodreads rating:  3.83(5,043 ratings)

Amazon price: 227/-

Pages: 246

Published year: 1988


Interpreter of maladies is stirring collection of nine short stories about Indian immigrate experiences. Though it describes the people with distinct psychologies and status, we can find common feeling of everlasting bond with their homeland. These stories reveal how culture and upbringing can be liberating and fulfilling in society with lots of limitations and sacrifices. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in the year 2000 and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. It is translated into many languages such as Chinese, French, German, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Sweden, Turkish and Persian.

Author: Jhumpa Lahari

Translations: Malayalam (Vyādhikaḷuṭe vyākhyātāv)

Bengali (Bedonar Bhashyakar)

Goodreads rating:  4.12(123,392 ratings)

Amazon price: 218/-

Pages: 198

Published year: 1999


The Theme of “The God of small things”, revolves around the culture, forbidden love, class, communism, history, religious restrictions and many more. The life of two twins and a great tragedy with immense emotions is set in Kerala. It demonstrates how small things can affect the outcomes of whole lifetimes and that everything can change in a second. The gripping poetic style makes the reader attracted to the language used in the book.

“The god of small things is, an ancient drama, played out against an unmistakably modern backdrop. It turns the clash of tongues and histories in Kerala into the motor of its comedy, its lyricism and its fine intelligence. And in doing so, it makes the remarkable Arundhati Roy a fitting standard-nearer for the immensely rich literature of India today.”Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Author: Arundhati Roy

Translations: Hindi (मामूली चीज़ों का देवता)

Tamil (சின்ன விசயங்களின் கடவுள்)

Goodreads rating: 3.91(179,141 ratings)

Amazon price: 255/-

Pages: 340

Published year: 1997

     4. WHITE TIGER:

White Tiger is an award winning story revealing both the dark and bright sides of India with an unexpected twist at the end. The protagonist in the story is a boy from a lower caste turned successful entrepreneur in India. This book mirrors the bitter reality of India and revolutionary minds of people to achieve freedom and individuality in dominated society. It helps to understand how the socio economic gaps create a great division in the society and how money can also transform the weak into the strongest.

“The reader’s sympathy for the former tea boy never flags. In creating a witty and psychopathic character, Mr. Adiga has produced a hero almost as memorable as Pip, proving himself the Charles Dickens of the call-centre generation. ”Economist

 Author: Arvind Adiga

Translations: Hindi (The White Tiger)

Goodreads rating: 3.71(124,244 ratings)

Amazon price: 149/-

Pages: 320

Published year: 2011


 Chanakya’s chant is a gripping political fiction with two stories running parallely at two different periods, the modern India and the ancient India. While one is about the success of Chandragupta Maurya with Chanakya, powerful political strategist in Bharat as his mentor, and the other is about the tactics of modern Chanakya to make a slum girl turn into prime minister of India. With witty dialogues, unexpected twists, strategic foresight, cunning politics the author cleverly connects the events in history with present day scenario. This book entered all major Indian national bestseller lists within two months after its release.

  “It is an awesome book…wonderfully researched…I wish our politicians were literate enough to read it”-Prahlad Kakar.             

Author: Ashwin Sangi

Translations: Hindi (Chanakya Mantra)

Tamil (Chanakya chant)

Goodreads rating: 3.67 (16,953 ratings)

Amazon price: 223/-

Pages: 448

Published year: 2011


Palace of illusions is a mythological fiction with female protagonist Draupadi, the most famous character in the great epic Mahabharata. Apart from her own story as a neglected child to a responsible Queen after Kurukshethra war, Draupadi focuses on the importance of other great characters in Mahabharata with many short stories. The character depiction talks about her impossible love, friendship, humiliation, power, passions, and vengeance with enthralling words. This book is an excellent idea for those who are fond of mythological stories with little insight to life added in the end.

 “Divakaruni’s interpretation provides a humanistic touch to the epic, making it more realistic, more relatable, and more personal. What makes Divakaruni’s novel compelling and above other interpretations is that she portrays the stories of all these women as conscious choices made by them, not as roles handed to them by society or by the men in their lives. These women chose the lives that they lived, and did not simply walk into them. To give the women of ancient India such power and freedom is phenomenal.”-Alternatives, International general.

Author:  Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Translations: Hindi (Draupadi ki Mahabharat)

Marathi (Mayasabha)

Gujarathi (Maya mahal)

Goodreads rating: 4.11 (17,319 ratings)

Amazon price: 168/-

Pages: 360

Published year: 2008


Train to Pakistan is an emotional novel which makes us travel back to a fictional village Mano Majra on the border of India and Pakistan. It depicts the partition riots in 1947 where the consequences are result of political tactics rather than religious beliefs. The narration makes you feel the emotions of every Muslim and Sikh as your own. With a torn love story, it touches the core of the heart. This book is must read for those who want to understand the social structure during one of the turning events of Indian history. A movie based on this novel and having the same title Train to Pakistan was released in 1998.

“The opening Para is terse and implacable in its summing up of the horrors of Partition. An unsentimental portrait of a village imploding with hatred a microcosm of the larger conflagration of Partition.-Indian Express eye

Author: Khushwanth Singh

Translations: Tamil (Raman Raja)

Hindi (Pakistan Mail)

Marathi (Train to Pakistan)

Goodreads rating: 3.84 (13,722 ratings)

Amazon price: 144/-

Pages: 181

Published year: 1956



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