If it’s easy for you to be alone, you’re definitely a reader. Getting lost in a book, smiling at a character’s happiness and mourning a death are all things that are part of an avid reader’s life. If you think Indian authors only write books of Chetan Bhagat and Durjoy Dutta’s calibre, you’re in thinking in the wrong direction.
So here’s a list of 10 masterpieces we think you shouldn’t miss.
1. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Devakurni
Banerjee gets most marks for stepping into Draupadi’s shoes and writing a completely male dominant epic from a female’s point of view. The way she describes emotions like insecurity, jealousy and love leaves you wanting for more. Some people argue that Banerjee makes Draupadi more complicated than required, but all that fails before her master story telling. Certainly, the best written fictional account of Mahabharata, so don’t miss this one.
2. Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan
After reading this book, Malgudi, the fictional town, will become your favorite. This is one book that has to have a place on your book shelf. R.K. Narayan looked out of the window, picked up a character and that’s how he got his stories. The best thing about his stories is that they capture the essence of India just right. Read it if you haven’t already.
3. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
First things first. You need a lot of patience to read this book because it is really very long. Moving on, Seth’s writing leaves you mesmerized because his characters are ordinary people and his writing is so believable. He gives you a love story nicely woven in post partition India. Some people claim that they did not want these over-1000 pages to end. Need we say more?
4. The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh.
Ghosh brilliantly intertwines the traditions, cultures and histories of people from across the world, and paints a picture of a combined consciousness.
5. Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan
Anuja Chauhan’s characters are drawn from her personal life. No wonder they are so easy to love. Some are bubbly, some shy and some are completely badass. But her male characters… oh! you’ll fall in love and swoon over them. After you fall in love with this book, a sequel awaits!
6. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
The novel showcases the journey of finding oneself, realising the importance of one’s culture and history, and most importantly how to find the balance between who you are and who you want to be.
7. How I Taught My Grandmother To Read by Sudha Murty
Sudha Murty’s simplicity comes across in her writing beautifully. Her stories deserve a mention and are fun to dive into. You could read and read and never put down her books.
8. Maximum City by Suketu Mehta
Suketu Mehta has given this book a complete insider’s view of Mumbai and that’s what we loved about it. From the shady lanes where lie the stories of the underworld, to the glamorous world of Bollywood, Mehta has managed to give us a little too much in this book. Not only that, he takes you through the life of a poverty stricken prostitute and a million other people who come to Bombay to fulfill their unrealistic dreams. Certainly, one of the best books written on India’s very favorite metropolis.
9. The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi.
The novel manages to capture the essence of Bombay, full of people with lonely hearts and burning ambition.
10. An Obedient Father by Akhil Sharma
The novel is a fascinating glimpse into Indian business culture and family culture, while also touching upon the hardly touched upon topic of child abuse and the cultural response to the subject.