What are the best books written by Indian authors?

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    #1Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 

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    Bruce Perry
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Midnight's Children is an awesome book that filled me full of wonder and sparked my imagination as a child. I drew many illustrations based on this book and I would recommend it to any young people or older people who may want to read it with their kids."
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    #2Life of Pi

    Life of Pi
    Life of Pi is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel. It tells the story of Pi Patel, who gets shipwrecked and ends up in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Adrift in the ocean, they struggled to survive for 227 days.

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    Devansh Jindal
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I was impressed by the Life of Pi film in terms of visuals but the story didn't really catch me. I tried reading the book but it I got the same feeling as I did with the film."
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    #3Q & A

    Q & A

    First published in 2005, Q & A is a novel by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. It is the basis of the award-winning 2008 film, Slumdog Millionaire. It tells the story of Ram Mohammad Thomas, a waiter who won a quiz show.


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    Zachary Newman
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Q & A is a terrific story that serves as the groundwork for the Slumdog Millionaire movie. I haven't seen the film, but if it's as good as the book I'll be watching that in the near future. It's one of the books written by Indian authors that I've ever read. It is a clever, funny, and ultimately very enjoyable read."
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    #42 States: The Story of My Marriage

    2 States: The Story of My Marriage

    2 States: The Story of my Marriage by Chetan Bhagat is a romantic fiction novel originally published in 2009. This novel tells the story of a couple who came from two different states in India and their struggle to survive their marriage.


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    Jeffrey Mendoza
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I already read this novel, this states about the two religious and that people's formalities. If you guys are read this novel, we'll know about their religious and their method, how did their marriage with lots of fun and enjoyment. "
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    #5Five Point Someone

    Five Point Someone

    Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat is a fiction novel originally published in 2004. This book has a movie adaptation popularly known as 3 Idiots which was released in 2009. Five Point Someone won The Publisher's Recognition Award in 2005.


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    Howard Holmes
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I bought this book on a whim of sorts, to try a new author that I have not yet before and I could not be happier that I took that leap. This book touches on serious topics but is written wonderfully and keeps the reader engaged. It is definitely deserving of any and all acclaims it has received. Highly recommend!"
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    #6The Inheritance of Loss

    The Inheritance of Loss
    The Inheritance of Loss is a historical fiction novel by Indian author Kiran Desai. Set against the backdrop of the Nepalese revolution for independence from India, it tells the story of Jemubhai Patel, his granddaughter, and his cook.

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    David Sanchez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Lists Tagged “Indian Authors” · The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Best Indian Books. 792 books — 2,327 voters. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri Spice "
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    #7The Great War of Hind (The Legend of Ramm)

    The Great War of Hind (The Legend of Ramm)
    The Great War of Hind is a historical-mythological fiction book by Vaibhav Anand. Set around the year 1200 BC, it tells the story of Ramm, a military general, as he defends the kingdom of man. It is the first book in The Legend of Ramm series.

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    James Fields
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Easy read and mildly interesting. Good for the price. Wouldn't consider it very original in plot or narration style. Written as he says in rhe back of an Alto"
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    #8A Suitable Boy

    A Suitable Boy

    A Suitable Boy is a historical fiction novel written by Vikram Seth which centers on the lives of four middle-class families in India set during the 1950s. This gives a view on the complex and multi-ethnic society of the country. 


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    Katherine Meyer
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A great book that tells the stories and cultures of a family in India during the 1950's. Complex personalities and intriguing plot lines about relationship dynamics make a great book."
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    #9The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.


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    Zachary Watson
    Written on May 5, 2018
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    #10Interpreter of Maladies

    Interpreter of Maladies

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri is a collection of nine stories that talk about Indian Americans and how they are caught between cultural and generational barriers.


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    Patrick Diaz
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A great collection of short stories which is eloquently written. The stories tug at the heart strings. A great read by an Indian Author. Highly recommend."
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    #11The Palace of Illusions

    The Palace of Illusions
    The Palace of Illusions is a novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It is a retelling of the classic Indian epic, Mahabharata, and tells the story of Princess Panchaali, who wedded the five Pandava brothers and helped them regain their kingdom.

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    Madison Bowman
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, The Palace of Illusions gives new voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharat, as she weaves a vibrant interpretation of an ancient tale. Married to five royal husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom, Panchaali aids their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war. But she cannot deny her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna—or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy—as she is caught up in the ever-manipulating hands of fate."
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    #12One Night at the Call Center

    One Night at the Call Center

    One Night at the Call Center by Chetan Bhagat is a fiction novel originally published in 2005. This book follows the story of a group of six call center agents working in a giant call center company.


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    David Price
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a pretty good book written by an Indian author. It follows a group of call center agents in a large company."
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    #13The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace is a historical fiction novel by Amitav Ghosh published in 2000. The story spans a century of time, from the Konbaung dynasty in the 19th century to modern times. 


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    Amanda James
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I liked that this book was set in Burma in the 1800's because life was so different back then. It's a long story but worth the read for the moral of the story and to appreciate this author's wonderful style of writing."
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    Shantaram is an Adventure, Travel, Cultural Fiction Novel written by Gregory David Roberts. It was published in the year 2004 by Scribe. It follows the story of the Bombay underworld.


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    Joan Rose
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The twists and turns of the story in this novel are really exciting and really keep your attention. For a 900 page book, it flew by at a surprising speed because I was so interested in what was happening within it!"
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    #15The Namesake

    The Namesake
    The Namesake is a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Interpreter of Maladies. It was first published in 2003, and it tells the story of Ganguli family as they migrated to America from India.

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    Micaela Marín
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I've never read a book by an Indian author but this looks like it is a good read. Overall the book is about someone who is struggling to find their identity which unfortunately I cannot relate to but I would love to see what this person's journey is all about. "
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    #16My Life and Times

    My Life and Times

    My Life and Times: A Family Man’s Journey, From Rawalpindi To New York, And Many Places In Between is a memoir written by Gurbachan Singh Bhasin. It was released in 2016 and details his adventures in life, from India to Belgium and to the U.S.


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    Doris Larson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A rather boring at times, historical look at India and family life through one man's eyes during tumltuous changes. He starts with the 1800's, the relief of colonial rule in India, and continues sharing experiences as he travels about the world, ultimately ending up in New York. "
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    Srikanta is a classic Bengali novel written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. This English-translated book was originally published in 1917. It is considered the first modern Indian novel.


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    Henry Jenkins
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book was pretty interesting. It is the tale of a boy in Bengal and his experiences. It takes place in a world that I am not really familiar with so it was cool to read about a lot of new things. This book maybe isn't for everybody but I do recommend it as a change to most people's typical reads."
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    Durbin is a fiction novel written by Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay. This book in Bengali edition was originally published in 1986. In this book, the author narrates a long story of Three Generations.


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    David Ray
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I bought the fiction novel "Durbin" for the birthday of a friend of mine, and I'm sure my friend is gonna enjoy reading it. The book talks about the changes happening in the life of people along three generations, and it's really interesting and well written. Nice one, I suggest this book to everyone!"
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    #19Annihilation of Caste

    Annihilation of Caste

    Annihilation of Caste is a non-fiction book written by B.R. Ambedkar which examines the persistence of caste in modern in India. This is first published in May 1936. 


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    Agustín Figueroa
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I must admit, some of the themes in this book went over my head but this is a very educational book. It goes into the culture of India and mainly their past with religion as well as the present. It descriptively explores and describes a variety of religious themes tied to their culture."
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    #20Sesher Kobita, the Last Poem

    Sesher Kobita, the Last Poem

    Sesher Kobita, the Last Poem is a classic novel written by one of India's greatest poets Rabindranath Tagore and translated by Anindita Mukhopadhyay. This novel was originally published in 1928.


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    Megan Ford
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Sesher Kobita, the Last Poem certainly isn't the easiest book you'll ever read. Written by Rabindranath Tagore and translated into English, it is worth the effort to read through this beautful book of moving poems."
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    #21Galpa 101

    Galpa 101
    Galpa 101 is a collection of short stories in Bengali written by Indian author Satyajit Ray. This book is applicable to readers of all ages. This book was originally published in 2001.

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    Douglas Jimenez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Just as Ray sought variety in his own work his stories too are marked by wondrous variety What is remarkable about them is that they appeal to readers of all ages Very few authors can claim that kind of mastery over their art Barring the Feluda and Shanku stories this book is a collection of all his other stories "
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    #22Byomkesh Samagra

    Byomkesh Samagra
    Byomkesh Samagra is a mystery fiction book written by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. This detective fiction novel by a 20th-century Bengali author was originally published in 1995. This book is in Bengali Edition.

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    Sean Allen
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book is written in Bengali so do not buy it if you cannot read the language. I feel like an idiot for not double checking my order. I was looking for an English version since I was interested in reading the Indian take on the detective story and I heard this book was fantastic. I think I'll still keep this edition since the lettering looks beautiful. "
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    #23East Of The Sun

    East Of The Sun

    East Of The Sun is a romance filled Cultural historical fiction novel written by Julia Gregson. It was published in the year 2008 by Touchstone. It follows the story of Viva Holloway.


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    Dorothy Lynch
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I am not usually one that is into romance books but I guess this one wasn't too bad. There are some nice cultural things going on here and overall the romantic parts of the book weren't that bad. If you are into that sort of thing then I think you would enjoy this book. Overall, this book is about three girls who start a new life in india in the 1920s. Check it out, it isn't that bad of a book."
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    Inga is a humor filled, Young adult, women's fiction novel written by Poile Sengupta. It was published October 27, 2014 by Westland LTD. It follows the colorful journey of Inga.


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    Raymond Hunt
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a perfect book for young adults. Even better that it is written by an Indian Author as you can really tell how her culture has influenced this book and gives you a good prespective of her writing style."
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    #25A Fine Balance (Modern Plays)

    A Fine Balance (Modern Plays)

    A Fine Balance (Modern Plays) is a Indian Culture fiction novel written by Sudha Bhuchar. It was published April 5, 2007 by Methuen Drama. It follows the story of India in 1975 under tha State of Emergency.


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    Daniel Ford
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This was quite an interesting novel about a bad time in India's history. Set during Gandhi's State of Emergency period it deals with some important issues. It's fiction so there's not a real history lesson. Great reading none the less."
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    #26A House For Mr. Biswas

    A House For Mr. Biswas

    A House for Mr. Biswas is a satirical novel by V.S. Naipaul, first published in 1961. It is the book that put V.S. Naipaul's name on the map, eventually leading to his getting awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001.


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    William Lopez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "As far as Indian authors go, V. S. Naipaul would be a great pick, especially from an American perspective. A House for Mr. Biswas is the story of a man born poor but marries into a more successful family, yet strives to escape their control. "


Best What are the best books written by Indian authors
1Midnight's ChildrenBooks 36 Paid
2Life of PiBooks 35 Paid
3Q & ABooks 32 Paid
42 States: The Story of My MarriageBooks 32 Paid
5Five Point SomeoneBooks 28 Paid
6The Inheritance of LossBooks 27 Paid
7The Great War of Hind (The Legend of Ramm)Books 25 Paid
8A Suitable BoyBooks 23 Paid
9The God of Small ThingsBooks 23 Paid
10Interpreter of MaladiesBooks 21 Paid

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