we are all very fond of reading foreign writers, the books which have won international prizes and no doubt every book is worth a buy but Indian writers have also made a mark on the world with their brilliant writing that has the power to capture the readers mind and attention. If you are sick of reading foreign writers and if you want to try some Indian books then here are a few books that you should read.The White Tiger – Arvind AdigaIt won Man Booker Prize and it takes on social class disparities and contradictions in the contemporary India. The story is told in first person narrative from the perspective of a poverty stricken person- Balram Halwai, a man who goes to Delhi to work as chauffeur for the elite.Great Indian Novel – Shashi TharoorThis one is a satirical novel that comments on the Indian Political scenario. Tharoor recasts the characters of mythological Mahabharata with the political figures of the freedom struggle and the present politics. The God of Small Things – Arundhati RoyThe book won the Booker Prize in 1997. The story is set in Kerala and revolves around the lives of two kids Rahel and Esthepa. They weave and imagine their childhood experiences while trying to deal with their dysfunctional family. The story is a tale about love, betrayal and kinship ties. The novel deals with question of caste, class and discrimination. Train to Pakistan by Khsuhwant Singh and Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee are two other books that should be read by every Indian.
I may not be a voracious reader but have always found myself involved in Indian literature. Indian literature has so much to offer, the vibrancy, the culture, the language and the strong believes of Indian culture have always hold me tight to itself. Here’s a list of my favorite novels by Indian writers. 1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyThe book explores a whole range of human emotions pivoting mostly around tragedy and hope. It is Roy’s debut novel and has won the Booker prize too. 2. A Suitable Boy by Vikram SethAn interesting read I must say. The stiry revolves around people from the post-independence era who are looking for a suitable boy for Lata. Throughout the process which dealt with happiness, disappointment and heartache, there’s no emotion that hasn’t been explored I n the book. 3. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa LahiriThis would be my third choice. The author paints the character’s picture so well that you can relate to the n old gatekeeper or a wife feeling lonely and disoriented.Lahiri’s main characters are all always flawed, but what makes them stand out is their familiarly with common humans.