There was a time when I was stuck to reading only Indian authors and was slightly disappointed when a saw a crowd of authors aping Chetan Bhagat’s IIT, IIM boy meets girl romance. However, when I dug deeper to find some good books to read, I was glad to have found some of these finest writers.
While there are many amazing authors from India. But I am sharing about those whose books I have read and enjoyed and would surely recommend to my friends and fellow readers.
Called the Dan Brown of India, Ashwin Sanghi has come out with some really gripping suspense reads like the “Rozbal Line” and “Krishna Key“. His 1st book was published under a Pseudo name Shawn Haigins. He has also worked alongside James Paterson in his “Private” series and come out with the book “Private India” which is a fabulous suspense read. Of all his book, “Chanakya Chant” has been my favourite.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
I started reading her books after I stumbled upon “Before we visit the Goddess” a story about women of 3 generations. That’s when I started looking into her work and loved each book. Her book, “The Mistress of Spice” has been adapted into a movie with Aishwarya Rai as the lead. Of the lot, I am an ardent fan of book “The Palace of Illusion” and recommend it to each and everyone. Her latest book “The Last Queen” is on my 2022 TBR list.
He has been writing in Tamil and getting many accolades for his work. Of his 10 novels, 5 have been translated into English. With a unique writing style, he can grab your undivided attention towards his book. I have read his book “Poonachi” a story about a female black goat and he life in the hands of an old couple. His other book “One Part Woman” which has garnered a bit of controversy is now in my TBR list.
He started his career as an editor and finally got into writing books and thank God for that. He has some classic books to his credit. I first read his famous book “The Train to Pakistan” some 12 odd years ago and was so impressed with the book. “The vintage Sardar” is a collection of Essays and articles and I just couldn’t stop laughing with his nonchalant way of saying something funny.
My list can’t be complete without the mention of Ruskin Bond. Now you think her writes more of kid’s books but no. He has written some wonderful books like “Maharani” and I loved it. His other book, “World from my window: A journal” is a small book about what he sees from his window. The book not only tells you RB’s story but has also given you pages to write your journal in it. I have also written a small Introduction to the Literary Bond which you can read here.
These are just my 5 picks of authors, but we have many more authors who have been doing some amazing work with their writing. Also, off late we have had a burst of new writers who have come out with some interesting books in the recent past. About them I will talk in my next blog. Mean time do let me know about your favorite authors and their books in the comments below. Maybe I could use some new suggestions.
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