23 Best Fictional Novels (Books) by Indian Authors

10 Best Fictional Novels (Books) by Indian Authors

Books always proved out to the best companion whether we talk of sleepless nights or companion in the journey. Books provide the best way to escape from hurdles of real life to another level just like meditation.

Usually the Indian readers prefer foreign authors novels underestimating Beauty of Indian story tellers. But reality is there exist wide range of Indian novels which will let you unravel the vivid culture and lifestyle of villages to metropolitan cities.

To avoid the situation of confusion which the readers usually face for picking up a book. Hereby listing must read gems by Indian Authors

1. The Guide- R.K Narayan

It is a novel written in year 1958 by an Indian author R.K Narayan . In the year 1960 this novel won Sahitya akademi award in English by Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters. This is written in English and is based on an imaginary town of south India named Malgudi.

This novel narrates the story of a boy named Raju and his journey to become a spiritual guide from a normal tourist guide and how he became greatest holy spiritual leader of India. This Novel shows various phases of his life, How he fell in love with dancer Rosie and in order to make her successful dancer Raju supported her a lot and after she became successful, Raju wanted to earn more money which leads him towards jail for 2 years and after which how he got the inclination towards spiritualism to become a greatest Sadhu of the nation.

Amazon-Rs 85

Flipkart- Rs. 81

2. Train to Pakistan- Khushwant Singh

This novel published in year 1956, narrates about the era of partition of 1947 between India and Pakistan and the story plays around a small fictional village Mano Majra situated in the border and depicts how innocent villagers who were mostly Sikhs and Muslims were dragged and killed during the partition.

It was not just a political partition between the nations but actually a social injustice of humans’ emotions, loyalty and broken faiths which not only killed people of both the religion but successfully incorporated the harsh feelings among the innocent minds of the people.

Amazon- Rs. 158

Flipkart- Rs. 158

3. Heat and Dust – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

This novel published in the year 1975 and won Booker Prize of that very year.

This Novel is the story of young English woman who visited India to know more about her step grandmother, Olivia, who wrote letters when she with her husband came to India during British Raj in 1920’s and they firstly went to Satipur and when Olivia met nawab of satipur after few weeks they started having a secret affair and eventually she got pregnant and Nawab’s mother ordered to abort the child and which leaded to her unknown demise in 1950’s over mountains.

And when Her Granddaughter visited Satipur, same set of happenings happed with her as well and she got pregnant with Inder Lal from the same dynasty.

Flipkart-Rs 384

Amazon- Rs. 462

4. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

This is very popular English novel written by Salman Rushdie in the year 1981, this novel won Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1981 and it also won Booker of Booker prize in 1993 and 2008 and in the year 2003 a survey of BBC conducted showing the list of top read books of all time and this novel won the list.

It is a story narrated by Saleem Sinai, the main character of the story and the story basically deals with the pre and post-independence era of India. The different kinds of political and human driven situation that occurred during that period of time and he was also involved in the emergency time of Indira Gandhi era and how this emergency and other happening affected the destiny of the nation is conveyed in more historical and imaginary way.

Flipkart- Rs 330

Amazon- Rs 330

5. English, August – Upamanyu Chatterjee

This novel published in the year 1988 and in the year 1994 a movie with the same name released by taking inspiration from the book.

This novel narrates the story of Agastya Sen who is a civil servant and he is from a city and during his service time he got transferred to a small rural village and he faced a lot a problems, not only with the condition of village but his condition of his own self, he saw many government policies are not being implemented there and there is a huge gap of awareness between urban and rural thoughts and how he changed his mind to getting involved in drugs , masturbation and ultimately to meditation.

Amazon- Rs. 259

Flipkart- Rs.259

6. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

This novel published in the year 1993 and it is one of the longest novel that published in English till date with single volume containing around 1349 pages.

This story is based on fictional town of Brahmpur where Mrs. Rupa Mehra lives with her family and story revolves around her and 3 other families. Mrs Mehra wants her younger daughter Lata to get married and in order to that she starts searching suitable boy for her daughter, But Lata’s opinion mismatches with her mother and brother Arun. She always considered her mother very dominating and how she forced to choose between the three suitable boys searched by her mother. This is post-independence based story hence it deals with other social matters as well such as Hindu-Muslim riots of 1952, Zamidari system, academic affairs etc.

Flipkart-Rs 691

Amazon- Rs 725

7. White Tiger -Aravind Adiga

This book won 2008 Man Booker Prize. This novel self-narrates the story of Balram Halwai and his self-made journey to become an entrepreneur in a country like india where one has to deal with a lot of hurdles in order to be successful. It was not just poverty but a lot more things come into picture like corruption, social racism, struggle to work independently and global aspects of your ideas. This books deals with each and every point that Balram has faced during his struggle time to be successful.

Balram Halwai went to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, before his visit to India and starts his journey to become an entrepreneur.

Flipkart- Rs 193

Amazon- Rs 193

8. The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

This is the debut novel of Arundhati Roy published in the year 1997 and it also won Man Booker Prize in the same year. This is a story based on Ayemenem, Kerala and the childhood experiences of un identical twins named Rahel and Esthappen and how the small happenings in the family affects their life badly.

Rahel and Esthappen are twins of Ammu Ipe who got separated from her husband whom she was living with and later she came to her father’s place Ayemenem in kerala with her children and there were lots of family disturbances occurred which actually disturbed the children childhood and later on Rahel went to U.S for study and after 31 years when the two siblings met their love renewed in a way and they became intimate with each other.

Flipkart- Rs 276

Amazon- Rs 219

9. Anandamath (in Bengali) by Bankim Chandra Chatterji, translated by
Basanta Kumar Roy

It is a Bengali fiction published in the year 1882 and it is considered to be most important novel during British Raj. This book narrates the struggle of freedom that inculcated during British Rule hence it was banned by British. After independence the ban was removed from the book. The Vande Mataram song was taken from this book.

This novel runs around the couple named Mahendra and Kalyani and they leave their village because of famine and how they got separated and later met each other with the help of monks and later Mahendra joined the group of monks fighting for freedom against the Britishers and how Mahendra worshiped the mother nation in place of Goddess and Satayanad who was head of group called Anandmath and all the monks belonged to this group had revolunary mind-set to get and aware about independence and freedom.

Flipkart- Rs 175

Amazon- rs 125

10. Kadambari (in Sanskrit) by Banabhatta, translated by Padmini Rajappa

Kadambari is a probably the first novel written in 7th century CE by Banabhatta in Sanskrit, it is a romantic novel which was half written by him and the later stage was completed by his son Bhusanabhatta and the English translation was done by Padmini Rajappa.

This is a long narrating novel with lots of characters that are interlinked with each other tells the love story and inflation stage of Kadambari and Chandrapeeda in Vidisha city kingdom which was ruled by the king Shudraka. Till the middle of the novel there was no discussion of Kadambari, it just played around with the other characters of the novel but later on it described about the mesmerising beauty and love story of Kadambari.

Flipkart- Rs 399

Amazon- Rs 375

11. In Custody – Anita Desai

This novel got published in the year 1984 and this book was also shortlisted for Man’s Booker Prize.

This tells about the story of Deven who works as a Hindi Lecturer in college but has deep interest in Urdu Literature. Soon he got a opportunity by his friend Murad to interview Mr. Nur Sahjahanabad a maestro in Urdu literature, when Deven visited Nur’s house for the interview, he saw the pathetic condition of his house and he was moved from inside then Nur told him the reality abot the demise of Urdu Literature and then he refuses to give his interview. Later on, how story turns that in order to record his interview Deven spend so much in taking care of his family demands but he never recorded the interview.

Flipkart- Rs 187

Amazon- Rs 194

12. Shadow Lines – Amitav Ghosh

This novel published in the year 1988 and won shahitya academi award. This novel is basically a story of a Bengali family and covers the time of partition of Bengal ,riots of Hindu Muslim and communal riots in 1964 in Dhaka and Calcutta.

The narrator of the story is unnamed here, he has his Thamma a grandmother who was a school teacher and she was living with her family in Dhaka. But soon after marriage she shifted to Burma, but after the birth of her single child she came to Calcutta and she took care of his son single handily. The narrator born in Calcutta but did his higher education from Delhi. Thamma’s sister Mayadebi family also included in the story, Mayadebi got married in a renowned family in London and has three sons and each son were doing great except for Tridip who was not focused and fell in love with May( of Price family) and later died. The story basically deals with the communal riots during partition and tells about the situation of his Thamma’s family and their immigration.

Flipkart- Rs 343

Amazon- Rs 319

13. The Great Indian Novel – Shashi Tharoor

This is a popular book by India politician and author Shashi Tharoor. This book depicts the correlation between the times of Mahabharata with present day political scenario of India.

Mahabharata has lots of incidences and the characters Arjuna and Krishna played their mastermind to win the battle against kauravas. Mahabharata narrates the story of Lord Krishna and his tricks to win the battle. Everything is fare in love and war and war shown in the era of Mahabharata is been taken and compared with politics of today. The evolution of Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is been compared with the characters of Mahabharata.

Flipkart- Rs 409

Amazon- Rs 399

14.The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri

This is very famous novel of Jhumpa Lahiri published in the year 2003. This is the story of Bengali couple Ashima and Ashoke Ganguly who were basically from Calcutta but Ashoke was studying in U.S hence the couple got shifted to United States.

Ashima was new to States culture with slowly she adapted the different culture and started living with her husband, as Ashoke was studying in MIT, she alone gave birth to their first child Gogol and the story basically runs around the mind-set and state of confusion of Gogol between the cultural differences of India and U.S. He was inclined more towards western culture.

Mousumi got married to Gogol but soon after a year she had a secret affair with one of her old mate and this incident eventually ended their relationship. After that Gogol became very alone and then he realised the value of his own culture and he went back to his origin.

Flipkart- Rs 227

Amazon-Rs 227

15. The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai

This was the second novel of Kiran Desai daughter of famous author Anita Desai. It published in the year 2006 and it won many awards including Man Booker prize of the same year and Vodafone crossword book award.

This novel plays around two characters named Biju and Sai. Biju was the illegal immigrant to U.S, his father was the cook under Sai’s grandfather. Biju was trying to make his career in the U.S, this book shows the conflicts of thoughts between two groups of people. One group was totally following English culture without even recognising about their roots from where they came from and the other group was busy in criticising about the English group. Here there was totally mismatch of tradition and loss of values narrated by the author. Gorkhaland Movement was also described in the novel. Hence, with various characters the author shows how immigrants makes their position in the other land and forgets about their tradition and values.

Flipkart- Rs 249

Amazon- Rs 236

These were few heart-warming pieces of Indian literature which changed the life of readers as well as writers which influenced and constantly influencing our vision towards life. These are the master pieces of the rich and renowned culture that India has and these spice of tradition took by some of the fantastic authors and changed the way we thought. These books not only motivates us but also takes us towards our root.

16. Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

This novel published in the year 2008. This novel basically narrates the whole Mahabharata episode through Panchali’s view point. All the narration have been coded from her prospective of seeing the things all together. What made her getting married to 5 pandavas and what kind of relationship she shared with everyone and who was actually responsible for her for into being in such condition, her relationship with her mother in law and lord Krishna.

Lord’s Krishna role was very typical in the entire story of Mahabharata he helped Dropadi when she needed him the most and this book also narrates the secrect love affair of Panchali which was not known by anyone. It has some interesting, magical and logical turns which takes the whole story to another level.

Flipkart- Rs 191

Amazon- Rs 204

17. Delhi – Khushwant Singh

This novel published in the year 1990 and this covers basically the historical part of the city Delhi.

This book generated the old and precious history of Delhi which not only made the city rich and diverse in culture but ruined many of rich monuments of the city. The story runs around the life of a journalist and how he fallen in love with a hijra named Bhagmati. Bhagmati was neither a girl nor a guy but her sexual appeal saved the life of the journalist. The story also restores the memory of the mugal empire, Taimur era and how Aurangzeb destroyed the ethnicity of Delhi.

Flipkart-Rs 219

Amazon- Rs 217

18. Ravan & Eddie – Kiran Nagarkar

This novel was published in the year 1994 and this a basically a comic and hilarious novel tells about the story of two young boys Ravan and Eddie and tons of interesting happening around their lives and the writing style is very humorous, so it adds lots of character to the novel.

Ravan & Eddie are the two boys, Ravan is a Marathi Hindu boy while Eddie is a catholic Christian boy and they both lived in same chawl in Mumbai post-independence.1950. Eddie always thought that Ravan and his mother is responsible for his father’s death but later set of incidents happened which changed the life of many.

Flipkart-Rs 340

Amazon- Rs 349

19. The Immortals – Amit Chaudhuri

This is the popular novel got shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, the DSC Literature Prize, and the Crossword Vodafone Prize.

The Immortals tells the story of two families who are bound by music. Shyamji is the son of the classical singer Ram Lal. But Shyam Lal is not his father – and knows he never will be. His student, Mallika Sengupta, is a talented singer who has never pushed herself while her son Nirmalya, also Shyamji’s student, believes in suffering for his art and judges Shyam Lal for selling out. This book is written in haunting, melodic prose, It is an acutely observed and lyrical novel about the place of art in the modern world.


Amazon- Rs. 319

20. The Hungry Tide- Amitav Ghosh

This novel published in the year 2004 and won Hutch Crossword Book Award for Fiction.

This novel explains the beauty of Sundarban in easternmost coast of India besides Bay of Bengal. In this place how lives of three persons collide with each other who came to study about rare species in Sundarban got stuck here. Payali Roy a biology student, Fokir a Fishermen and a translator Kanai Dutt. This novel has species description and beauty of nature as a reward of Goddess Ganga named as Sundarban.

Flipkart- Rs 275

Amazon- Rs. 315

21. Interpreter of Maladies -Jhumpa Lahiri

This book published in the year 1999, It is a set of nine short stories compiled together in a book. This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in the year 2000. It was also chosen as The New Yorker’s Best Debut of the Year and is on Oprah Winfrey’s Top Ten Book List.

This book is a collection of nine different stories named as

  1. “A Temporary Matter”
  2. “When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine”
  3. “Interpreter of Maladies”
  4. “A Real Durwan”
  5. “Sexy”
  6. “Mrs. Sen’s”
  7. “This Blessed House”
  8. “The Treatment of Bibi Haldar”
  9. “The Third and Final Continent”

The stories are about the lives of Indians and Indian Americans who are struggling between their roots i.e the tradition of Indian belongingness and the New World.


Amazon- Rs.237

22. A Walk in the Rain- Udai Yadla

A walk in the rain is an intricate tale of intense emotions, driven by hair raising twists and turns. It is the story of Sunny and Saloni, a prostitute. They both are on the different sides of the story but destiny united them to continue the path of self-discovery. It is said that love is the powerful feeling it can change the human being but if it is with wrong person it kills you every day.

Flipkart- Rs 499

Amazon- Rs 399

23. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

This book published in the year 1995, it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1996. It was one of the only two Canadian books selected for Oprah’s Book Club, and was one of the selected books in the 2002 edition of Canada Reads.

This story revolves around four characters from varied backgrounds Dina Dalal, Ishvar Darji, his nephew Omprakash Darji and the young student Maneck Kohlah – who come together from their various field and develop a bond. These characters narrates their own story with their own situation but the book tells mainly about the situation of 1984’s emergency during Indira Gandhi period and how it affected lives of the characters.

Flipkart- Rs 602

Amazon- Rs 314

These were few heart-warming pieces of Indian literature which changed the life of readers as well as writers which influenced and constantly influencing our vision towards life. These are the master pieces of the rich and renowned culture that India has and these spice of tradition took by some of the fantastic authors and changed the way we thought. These books not only motivates us but also takes us towards our root.




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