Must Read of Indian English Literature

Sometimes, it takes some time to choose a book as there is a multiplicity of available options. So, here is a chance to save your time as we present you a list of brilliant Indian English books worth reading.

God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy

This book is the author’s debut. It tells a story of twins and describes small things that can make a huge difference in life. In 1997, this work was awarded the Booker Prize.

Maximum City, by Suketu Mehta

Suketu Mehta was born in India and grew up in Mumbai, but now lives in New York. In this book, the author describes his experiences in Mumbai. Maximum City is a mixture of a journal, travel writings and socio-political analysis of people. In the 2005, this work won the Vodafone Crossword Book Award and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize the same year.

In Custody, by Anita Desai

This amazing book tells a heart-touching story of a Hindi teacher whose heart lies in Urdu poetry. However, the funny story takes a twist when the main hero, striving to escape from his routine, uses a chance to interview the greatest Urdu poet of India, but this opportunity does not turn out as expected. In 1984, this work was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie

The book describes the Republic of India’s journey from British rule to independence and then partition. This work won Booker Prize in 1981 and then the “Booker of Bookers” Prize in 1993 and 2008. Midnight’s Children travels to different parts of this amazing country and unites a lot of actual historic events.

The Collector’s Wife, by Mitra Phukan

This work is set up against Assam’s rebellions. The Collector’s Wife is the first English novel that was published by this Indian writer. It describes changes that were made by militants in the lives of people who inhabited a small Indian town. The story expands around the girl who is married to a district collector. The author describes very well the natural surroundings and all the characters. Besides, he provides an amazing insight into the life of a small Indian town.

The Guide, by R.K. Narayan

This author is well known for stories that take place in the fictional village of Malgudi. This book is one more story that takes place in this village. It tells a story of a tour guide who becomes a spiritual Guru and the holiest person in the country. In 1960, this book won the Sahitya Akademi Award.