Best Indian Literature Books
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1. The White Tiger: A Novel
Author: by Aravind Adiga
Published at: Free Press (October 14, 2008)
The stunning Booker Prizewinning novel from the author of Amnesty and Selection Day that critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society.
This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you’ve never heard it before (John Burdett, Bangkok 8). The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur.
On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society.
Recalling The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, The White Tiger is narrative genius with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensationand a startling, provocative debut.
2. The God of Small Things: A Novel
Author: by Arundhati Roy
Published at: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 16, 2008)
The beloved debut novel about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s modern classic is equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama.
The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevocably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing big things [that] lurk unsaid in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest.
Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated. Praise for The God of Small Things Dazzling … As subtle as it is powerful.
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times [The God of Small Things] offers such magic, mystery, and sadness that, literally, this reader turned the last page and decided to reread it.Immediately.It’s that haunting. USA Today The quality of Ms. Roy’s narration is so extraordinaryat once so morally strenuous and so imaginatively supplethat the reader remains enthralled all the way through.
3. A Suitable Boy: A Novel (Modern Classics)
Author: by Vikram Seth
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Now a television series on Acorn TV, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mira NairSurrender to this strange, beguiling world and be swept away on the wings of story…. It is difficult to imagine that many contemporary writers could give us a novel that provides so much deep satisfaction.
Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multiethnic society in flux, A Suitable Boy tells the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love, ambition, humor, sadness, prejudice, reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette, and the most appalling violence.
Vikram Seth’s novel is, at its core, a love story: the tale of Lata’sand her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra’sattempts to find a suitable boy for Lata, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal. Set in the early 1950s in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, this compelling story takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves.
4. Tales of India: Folk Tales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu
Author: by Svabhu Kohli
Published at: Chronicle Books; 1st Edition (February 27, 2018)
A shape-shifting tiger and a pretentious rat. A generous goddess and a powerful demon. A clever princess and a prince who returns from the dead. This collection of 16 traditional tales transports readers to the beguiling world of Indian folklore. Transcribed by Indian and English folklorists in the nineteenth century, these stories brim with wit and magic.
Fans of fairy tales will encounter familiar favoritesepic quests and talking animalsalongside delightful surprisesan irreverent sense of humor and an array of bold, inspiring heroines. This special gift edition features an embossed, textured case and a ribbon marker, and each tale comes alive alongside exquisite artwork by a pair of contemporary Indian artists.
5. The Bhagavad Gita
Author: by Eknath Easwaran
Published at: Vintage; Reprint edition (April 1, 2000)
The Bhagavad Gita is the most famous poem in all of Hindu literature and part of the Mahabharata, the ancient Indian epic masterpiece. The Gita (in Sanskrit, “Song of the Lord”) consists of a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Prince Arjuna on the morning of a climactic battle.
Krishna provides Arjuna with the spiritual means to understand his own nature so that he can take action and prevail. However, the larger canvas painted in the poem is that of the moral universe of Hinduism. As translator Eknath Easwaran, one of the world’s premier teachers of meditation and spirituality, notes “The Gita does not present a system of philosophy.
It offers something to every seeker after God, of whatever temperament, by whatever path. The reason for this universal appeal is that it is basically practical: it is a handbook for self-realization and a guide to action.”
6. Unfollowing You
Author: by Komal Kapoor
Published at: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Illustrated edition (February 5, 2019)
Named Best Poetry Collection of the Year by Marie Claire! Some reviews by fans: “A must read/purchase in my opinion!! It is definitely a “modern day” love story told through poetry. It touches every soul in a different way.
Amazing how words can make you feel….. And heal.” “I could not put this book down.I adored it. I love the style of writing and how some writings were in text message or email form.It was fun to see.
The writing was relatable too and so good. I am glad I read this book.” “A beautiful take on modern romance and dating, it puts into words many of the things you’ve probably thought over the course of a relationship.” “The layout of this book was so creative with funny, relatable text for Millennials.
Great buy for a friend or family member who has recently gone through a breakup or who simply needs great poetry to brighten their day.” Unfollowing You serves as a companion for those who seek a voice that explores the complexities and absurdity of contemporary romance.
7. From the Inside: The Inner Soul of a Young Poet
Author: by Thanvi Voruganti
Published at: Serapis Bey Publishing (March 7, 2021)
This book of poems is about thoughts, feelings, and emotions we all experience, struggle with, and that have been brought to the forefront by this current pandemic. Losing loved ones, our freedom, and everythingtaken for granted in our daily lives; while facing sadness, anger, grief, and loneliness, has taught us the importance of our love for nature, gratitude, happiness, cherished memories, and relationships.
No feeling or emotion is too small or negligible. Acknowledging and expressing them is my voice from the inside.
8. Roots of Yoga (Penguin Classics)
Author: by James Sir Mallinson
Published at: Penguin Classics; 2017th edition (April 11, 2017)
The first single, reliable collection of primary material from the source traditions of yoga Despite the immense popularity of yoga today, there is surprisingly little knowledge of its roots among practitioners. This book brings together, for the first time, the core teachings of yoga in the words of their authors, rather than in the secondary versions of modern interpreters.
Including key passages from the Upanishads, the Buddhist and Jaina traditions, the yoga sections of the Indian Tantras, and many texts that are being critically translated for the first time, Roots of Yoga provides a comprehensive and immediate insight into the essential texts of the Indian traditions of yoga.
This book is a first stop for anyone wishing to learn more than they are told at their yoga class, and an indispensable resource for serious yoga practitioners and teachers.
9. MAFIA QUEENS OF MUMBAI
Author: by ZAIDI HUSSAIN S
Published at: WESTLAND YATRA BOOKS; Illustrated edition (January 1, 2011)
Smuggling, gun-running, drugs, terrorism for many decades, Mumbai has lived under the shadow of the Underworld. Dawood Ibrahim, Karim Lala, Varadara- jan Mudaliar: these are names that any Indian would recognise. Analysed in print, immortalised on film, their lives, their gangs, their ‘businesses’ are out there for anyone who wants the information.
But there have been women, too, who have been part of this murky side of the city, walking along side, sometimes leading and manipulating men in the Underworld to run their own illegal businesses. Here, for the first time, crime journal- ists S.
Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges explore the lives of some of these women, and how, in cold blood, they were able to make their way up in what was certainly a man’s world. From Kamathipura to Dongri, from assassins to molls, this is a collection that tells the stories of women who have become legend in Mumbai’s streets, lanes and back-alleys.
Absorbingly told, impeccably researched, Mafia Queens of Mumbai reveals a side of Mumbai’s Underworld that has never been seen before.
10. The Hungry Tide: A Novel
Author: by Amitav Ghosh
Published at: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (June 7, 2006)
The Hungry Tide is a very contemporary story of adventure and unlikely love, identity, and history, set in one of the most fascinating regions on the earth. Off the easternmost coast of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans.
For settlers here, life is extremely precarious. Attacks by deadly tigers are common. Unrest and eviction are constant threats. Without warning, at any time, tidal floods rise and surge over the land, leaving devastation in their wake. In this place of vengeful beauty, the lives of three people from different worlds collide.
Piya Roy is a young marine biologist, of Indian descent but stubbornly American, in search of a rare, endangered river dolphin. Her journey begins with a disaster, when she is thrown from a boat into crocodile-infested waters. Rescue comes in the form of a young, illiterate fisherman, Fokir.
Although they have no language between them, Piya and Fokir are powerfully drawn to each other, sharing an uncanny instinct for the ways of the sea. Piya engages Fokir to help with her research and finds a translator in Kanai Dutt, a businessman from Delhi whose idealistic aunt and uncle are longtime settlers in the Sundarbans.
11. Nectar in a Sieve (Signet Classics)
Author: by Kamala Markandaya
Published at: Signet; Reissue edition (December 7, 2010)
The acclaimed million-copy bestselling novel about a woman’s struggle to find happiness in a changing India. Married as a child bride to a tenant farmer she had never met, Rukmani works side by side in the field with her husband to wrest a living from a land ravaged by droughts, monsoons, and insects.
With remarkable fortitude and courage, she meets changing times and fights poverty and disaster. This beautiful and eloquent story tells of a simple peasant woman in a primitive village in India whose whole life is a gallant and persistent battle to care for those she lovesan unforgettable novel that will wring your heart out (Associated Press).
Includes an Introduction by Indira Ganesan And an Afterword by Thrity Umrigar
12. The Immortals of Meluha (The Shiva Trilogy)
Author: by Amish Tripathi
Published at: Westland; 1st edition (May 22, 2012)
1900 BC.In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilisation. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived.
This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills.
The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, when it appears that your enemies have triumphed, a hero will emerge.’ Is the rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva, really that hero?
And does he want to be that hero at all? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, by duty as well as by love, will Shiva lead the Suryavanshi vengeance and destroy evil? This is the first book in a trilogy on Shiva, the simple man whose karma re-cast him as our Mahadev, the God of Gods.
13. Perceiving Purpose
Author: by Sanjay Gupta
Published at: Intellectual Press; 1st edition (January 17, 2017)
Dognosticism!A Way of Making Sense of the World, By Making Sense of Ourselves. There are two types of guide dog: one that helps us see when we can’t, and another that helps us see ourselves when we lose our way.
After studying the great Philosophers and Theologians for more than thirty years, I finally turned to my Basset Hound for answers to life’s biggest questions. This book gives you some insights from what I learned from my dog Cody, and how I found my purpose.
14. Pregnancy Notes: Before, During & After
Author: by Rujuta Diwekar
Published at: Westland (July 1, 2017)
If you are preparing for pregnancy, are pregnant or have just delivered, Pregnancy Notes has got you covered. Rujuta Diwekar takes you through the journey, with tips for even before you get pregnant, till after you deliver your bundle of joy.
Each stage includes notes on food, exercise and recovery. Also included are heritage recipes from across the country, so you can mine the wisdom of our grandmothers. This is a must-have guide for every woman.
15. Ram – Scion of Ikshvaku (Ram Chandra)
Author: by Amish Tripathi
Published at: Westland; 2015th edition (June 22, 2015)
Lose yourself in this epic adventure thriller, based on the Ramayana, the story of Lord Ram, written by the multi-million bestselling Indian Author Amish; the author who has transformed Indian Fiction with his unique combination of mystery, mythology, religious symbolism and philosophy.
In this book, you will find all the familiar characters you have heard of, like Lord Ram, Lord Lakshman, Lady Sita, Lord Hanuman, Lord Bharat and many others from Ayodhya. And even some from Lanka like Ravan! Read this BESTSELLER, the highest selling book of 2015, the first book of the Ram Chandra Series.
Awarded the 2015 Raymond Crossword Award for Popular Choice (English Fiction) Ram Rajya.The Perfect Land. But perfection has a price.He paid that price.3400 BCE. INDIA Ayodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep.
The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He, instead, imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass.
16. 7 Secrets of Shiva: From the Hindu Trinity Series
Author: by Devdutt Pattanaik
Published at: Westland (January 10, 2011)
Shiva, ‘the destroyer’ among the Hindu trinity (of gods), is depicted in many contradictory manners. He is an ascetic who wears animal skin, his body smeared with ashes. Contradictory to his wild nature, he is also depicted as having a family, with a beautiful wife and two children.
There are many more such varied representations of Shiva, the most prominent of these being the Linga and the Nataraja. The author, Devdutt Pattanaik, introduces the readers to these varied aspects and representations, and then sets about interpreting them. He explains the different anomalies and conflicts in beliefs, as well as the symbolism, rituals and reasons behind Hindu worship.