Indian English Literature dates back to just a few centuries before. The first English book written by an Indian was in 1793. Since then numerous other authors have written impactful books which have left deep imprints on the minds of those who'e read them and also helped recognize the Indian English Literature. It is also called as Indo-Anglian Literature.
As time passed, the main themes of many books have also evolved in accordance to the likes and catering to the demands of the readers of today. Authors like Rabindranath Tagore and R. K. Narayan focussed mainly on general classics while now we see more of love stores being written.
As an avid reader here I list down some of the very best books written by Indian authors that I have read till today
1.The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
This is one of the best books and a must read. Arundhati Roy even won the Booker prize for this in 1997. The book aims to explore different human emotions. The book tells a tale of how Ammu Ipe eloped from her home in Kerala to marry a man. They had fraternal twins but tired of the abuse by her husband she decides to go back to Kerala. The twins are separated painfully from each other and Ammu dies at the young age of 31. The book tells is delve into emotional nooks and ponder upon emotions.
2.The Immortals of Meluha- Amish Tripathi
This is the first book in the triology of Shiva which is considered to be the best fictional mythology. It traces the journey of Shiva from being an ordinary human being to becoming the supreme God.
3.The Calcutta Chromosome- Amitav Ghost
The book is a historical sci-fi horror story. It is truly enchanting and tells a tale of the adventures of a maniac in search of the "Calcutta Chromosome"
4.Untouchable- Mulk Raj Anand
As the name suggests, it is a story of the life of untouchables. Set in the pre-independence des, the book inevitably makes the heart cringe at the disgusting atrocities done on the supposedly lower castes of the society. The end is definite thriller
5.Malgudi Days- R. K. Narayan
The book is one of the most famous works of the author and all so for the right reasons. It deals with the naivete, wonder and mischief of a10 year old kid, Swaminathan. Set in the fictional town of Malgudi, it takes us through a journey of adventure embarked upon by Swaminathan and his friends
6.Feluda- Satyajit Ray
Feluda is a total of 35 stories and the plots revolve around murder, mystery and adventure, in exotic locations, narrated in a witty and humorous way by the detective's cousin-cum-assistant.
7.The Namesake- Jhumpa Lahiri
The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their traditional life at Calcutta to a transformation as Americans. After their arranged wedding, Ashok and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge. The story reveals of how we slowly and painfully come to define ourselves
8.Wings Of Fire- APJ Abdul Kalam
Written by one of the most extraordinary and inspiring men, this story is of the rise of Dr. Kalam from obscurity and his personal and professional struggles. It is of the struggle of independent India for its technological self sufficiency
9.The Argumentative Indian- Amartya Sen
Nobel prize winning economist, Amartya Sen, writes this book to discuss India's political and intellectual heritage and how is inevitable and argumentative tradition is absolutely important for its democratic success and political policies.
10.Midnight's Chidren- Salman Rushdie
The book tells a tale of the date of one of the 1001 children born at the midnight of India's independence, Saleem Sinai. He finds himself mysteriously handcuffed to history coincidentally and his birth proves as privilege and curse to be born at a time such as his
All the above books are true examples of art and leave you praising the authors for a lifetime. They have truly put down art from their minds onto paper and each book is a must read for all you bibliophiles!