25 Best Novels By Indian Authors

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Do you like reading Indian novels? Here You will get the 25 best Indian novels that will keep you captivated.

The novel is a fictional written work that entertains and enrapture a reader. The reader feels connected to the characters of the novel and starts looking at things as versed in the novel.

Novels are becoming prominent. As you know, the literacy rate increases. Therefore, people want to explore the world of novels. They love to read Indian novels.

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1. The Great Indian Novel: By Shashi Tharoor

The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor was published in the year 1989. It has won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and Best Book in Europe and South Asia.

It is a masterpiece of historical fiction writing. Tharoor retold the story of the epic Mahabharat as 20th-century Indian Politics.

2. A Suitable Boy: By Vikram Seth

A Suitable Boy Novel was published in 1993 depicting the four families. It is the story of finding a suitable match for Lata.

Moreover, It is one of the longest novels published in a single volume written by Vikram Seth. He is an Indian poet and novelist.

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3. The God Of Small Things: By Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy, an Indian Writer make her debut by The God of small things in 1997. It has won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

The Novel represents the caste system and partial behaviour of society. Subsequently, It depicts how small things can have devastating consequences.

4. The Blue Umbrella: By Ruskin Bond

The Blue Umbrella is an Indian Novel published in 1980. It was adapted into a 2005 film by the same name.

Ruskin Bond is one of the renowned authors. He has won the Padma Shri and Padma Bhusan awards. One of the best Indian novels ever.

5. The White Tiger: By Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger is an epistolary and picaresque novel published in 2008. It is the story of Balram Halwai, a poor villager who becomes an entrepreneur.

It is a gripping novel including suspense, mystery and interesting twists. One of the best Indian novels ever.

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6. The Inheritance of Loss: By Kiran Desai

The Inheritance Of Loss Is one of the Best Indian novels. In fact, It has won the Booker Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.

The novel is about the harsh and stiff class system that exists in India and abroad amongst Indians.

7. The Palace Of Illusions: By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Palace Of Illusions narrates the epic Mahabharat from the perspective of Draupadi. The novel was published in 2008.

Likewise, It is a must-read historical fiction novel. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a prominent Indian Author.

8. The Year Of The Runaways: By Sanjeev Sahota

The Year of the Runaways is one of the best Indian novels. It depicts the struggle of immigrant workers.

Furthermore, It has won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2017.

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9. Turn The Tables: By Priya Kumar

Turn the Tables: from challenges to opportunities, is the winner of 3 international awards. Priya Kumar is a motivational speaker and Indian Writer. One of the best Indian novels ever.

10. Ghosts of the Silent hills: By Anita Krishnan

Ghosts of the Silent Hills; Based on true hauntings published in the year 2019. It is a spine chilling horror novel.

In fact, it is based on true stories. If you like the horror genre then you must read this one.

11. Wake Up, Life is Calling: By Preeti Shenoy

This Novel is the sequel of the 2011 novel “Life Is What You Make It”, which is one of the best-sellers by Preeti Shenoy. “Life Is What You Make It” was a bestseller based on mental illness.

However, The Sequel “Wake Up, Life Is Calling” depicts the story of Ankita. She has bipolar disorder. One of the best Indian novels ever.

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12. Raavan-Enemy Of Aryavarta: By Amish Tripathi

Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta is an Indian mythological fiction novel 2019. Amish Tripathi narrates the story of Raavan, one of the most debated characters in Indian Mythology.

13. A Touch Of Eternity: Durjoy Dutta

Durjoy Dutta is the author of the novel A Touch Of Eternity. It is the story of a couple born at the same time and believes that they are inseparable.

However, it is a romantic love story but a sci-fi twist makes it a riveting novel.

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14. The Nutmeg’s Curse: By Amitav Ghosh

“The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a planet in crisis” novel is published in 2021. Amitav Ghosh is the winner of the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary honour.

The story of Nutmeg becomes a parable for the climate crisis. The Crisis is the outcome of a mechanistic view of the earth. One of the best Indian novels ever.

15. Dead Men Tell Tales: Dr B. Umadathan, Priya K. Nair

Dead Men Tell Tales is a Memoir of a Police Surgeon, Dr B. Umadathan. It is the English version of Dr Umadathan’s Oru Police Surgeonte Ormakkurippukal(Malayalam) by Priya K. Nair.

It is a spine-chilling novel that concludes thrilling criminal cases depicted by Dr Umadathan. He is also known as ‘Sherlock Holmes of Kerala’.

16. A Map Of Longings; Life and Works of Agha Shahid Ali: Manan Kapoor

The author of ‘A Map Of Longings’, Manan Kapoor depicts the biography of Agha Shahid Ali. Ali was one of the finest poets in the Indian subcontinent.

The riveting biography Novel is published in 2021. One of the best Indian novels ever.

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17. Club You To Death: By Anuja Chauhan

Anuja Chauhan’s Club You To Death is an enthralling crime fiction novel. Her Bestselling novels are Battle of Bittora, The Zoya Factor, The House That BJ Built, Those Pricey Thakur Girls.

It is a Murder mystery of a fitness trainer who was found dead at Delhi Turf Club. Interestingly, there are too many suspects.

18. Sach Kahun Toh: By Neena Gupta

Sach Kahun Toh is an autobiography of Neena Gupta. She shares her life experiences; struggling days to get work, acting career formation and ups downs.

Neena also wrote about her single parenthood. This novel is published in 2021.

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19. The Last Queen: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Last Queen is the story of Rani Jindan Kaur. Royal Kennel Keeper’s Daughter Jindan become the last queen of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

However, Rani Jindan Kaur hadn’t got the name in history books as compared to other women fighters. One of the best Indian novels ever.

20. Unfinished: By Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is the author of the memoir Unfinished. She depicts the career journey, her personal experiences.

Unfinished topped the Nielsen Bookscan Seller list in India. Moreover, it reached the New York Times Best Seller List in the USA.

21. One Arranged Murder: By Chetan Bhagat

One Arranged Murder is the sequel of the novel “The Girl in Room 105”. Chetan Bhagat is one of India’s highest-selling authors.

It is a thriller crime novel that will keep you captivated till the end.

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22. Savarkar: Echoes From a Forgotten Past: By Vikram Sampath

Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past-1883-1924 is the first part of the biography of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. He was one of the political thinkers and leaders of the twentieth century.

Savarkar- A Contested Legacy-(1924-1966) is the second part of the biography. He was arrested unfairly during India’s freedom struggle period.

23. A Time Outside This Time: Amitava Kumar

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A Time Outside This Time depicts the story of a creative writer’s response to daily occurring fake news, memory and the way truth changes over to fiction.

Amitava Kumar is the author of the novel. He is a poet, novelist, journalist and English Professor. One of the best Indian novels ever.

24. Mountain Tales: By Saumya Roy

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Saumya Roy is the author of Mountain Tales: Love And Loss in the Municipality of Castaways Belongings. It depicts the life of the waste collectors.

It is a non-fiction novel. Saumya Roy made her debut by Mountain Tales.

25. Jungle Nama: A Story of the Sundarban: By Amitava Ghosh, Salman Toor

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Jungle Nama is the verse adaptation of an episode from the legend of Bon Bibi. The novel is written by Amitava Ghosh and illustrated by Saman Toor.

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