Must Read Books by Indian Authors

“Eat, Read, Sleep, Repeat.”

This is basically what I do in vacations. But the thing I hate the most is running out of good books. Whenever I ask someone to suggest me some good books to read, I’ve noticed that the Indian authors are mentioned less as compared to foreign authors. So I decided to read the books by Indian authors and I am sharing some of the best books that are a must read with you all.

English, August By Upamanyu Chatterjee

The book was written in the late 80s. It is the story of Agastya Sen (August) who has just got a job in Government office. The best thing about this novel is its language and its humor. Upamanyu Chatterjee described the working of a government office in a relatable and humorous way.


A Palace of Illusion By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

It is a male dominant epic written from the female point of view. Chitra Banerjee narrated the whole Mahabharat from princess Panchali’s point of view. She has described emotions like insecurity, jealousy, and love amazingly.


A Suitable Boy By Vikram Seth

This is a story of an ordinary family which is looking for a suitable boy for Lata’s marriage. Lata is open-minded and believes in falling in love first. Vikram Seth has explained each character and each emotion tremendously.


The Inscrutable Americans By Anurag Mathur

Anurag Mathur captured the immigrant experience of culture clash really well in this book. The book is about a hilarious adventure of a young Indian, Gopal, in the United States. A really very humorous book you’ll not be able to hold your laughter throughout the book.


Maximum City By Suketu Mehta

This book by Suketu Mehta is all about Mumbai. He painted the lives of people in Mumbai from its dullest slum areas to the most glamorous Bollywood to the life of a bar dancer.


Train to Pakistan By Khushwant Singh

It is the most highly acclaimed novel written by Khushwant Singh. It is the story of village Mano Majra which is situated at Indo-Pak border, where all the Sikhs and Muslims live peacefully until one day a train full of dead bodies arrives.


The White Tiger By Aravind Adiga

The novel depicts the major issues of religion, caste, loyalty, corruption and poverty in India. It is the story of Balram, who belongs to a low social caste, how he overcomes all the problems and becomes successful is beautifully explained by Aravind Adiga in this novel.


The God of Small Things By Arundhati Roy

It is the debut novel of Arundhati Roy. It has a full range of almost all human emotions. The book revolves around tragedy and hope.