All Time Faves: Indian Authors

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The White Tiger The White Tiger
By Adiga, Aravind
2008-10 - Free Press
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Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life -- having nothing but his own wits to help him along. …More

Sacred Games Sacred Games
By Chandra, Vikram
2007-12 - Harper Perennial
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An epic of exceptional richness and power, "Sacred Games" draws the reader deep into the life of the compelling Sikh detective Sartaj Singh--and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India. …More

Clear Light of Day Clear Light of Day
By Desai, Anita
2000-09 - Mariner Books
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Sisterly love is the focus of this novel, set in Old Delhi against the backdrop of some of India's most significant historical events, including the death of Gandhi and the malaria epidemic. …More

The Inheritance of Loss The Inheritance of Loss
By Desai, Kiran
2006-09 - Grove/Atlantic
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2006 Man Booker Prize Winner

The author of the acclaimed Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard takes readers to the northeastern Himalayas where a rising insurgency in Nepal challenges the old way of life--and opens up a grasping world of conflicting desires. …More

One Amazing Thing One Amazing Thing
By Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
2010-12 - Hyperion Books
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The award-winning author of "The Mistress of Spices" returns with her latest novel. …More

River of Smoke River of Smoke
By Ghosh, Amitav
2012-10 - Picador USA
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Continuing his "Ibis" trilogy, begun with the Man Booker-shortlisted "Sea of Poppies", Ghosh puts three ships in the midst of a cyclone on the Bay of Bengal. Those aboard eventually meet in Canton's foreign enclave as the Opium Wars get started. …More

Interpreter of Maladies Interpreter of Maladies
By Lahiri, Jhumpa
1999-06 - Mariner Books
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Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and a baffling new world, the characters in Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. …More

The Mango Season The Mango Season
By Malladi, Amulya
2003-06 - Ballantine Books
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From the author of "A Breath of Fresh Air, " comes a lushly written novel set in India at the height of the mango season--in which a young woman must decide whether to follow her heart or tradition. …More

A Fine Balance A Fine Balance
By Mistry, Rohinton
2001-11 - Vintage Books
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With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.
As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state. …More

A House for Mr. Biswas A House for Mr. Biswas
By Naipaul, V. S.
2001-03 - Vintage Books USA
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The early masterpiece of V. S. Naipaul's brilliant career, A House for Mr. Biswas" is an unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul's father that has been hailed as one of the twentieth century's finest novels. In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. But when he marries into the domineering Tulsi family on whom he indignantly becomes dependent, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous-and endless-struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own. . …More

The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic
By Narayan, R. K.
2006-09 - Penguin Books
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A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, "The Ramayana" is familiar to virtually every Indian. Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless versions in different languages. Here, drawing on the work of an eleventh-century poet called Kamban, Narayan employs the skills of a master novelist to re-create the excitement he found in the original. A luminous saga made accessible to new generations of readers, "The Ramayana" can be enjoyed for its spiritual wisdom, or as a thrilling tale of ancient conflict. …More

The God of Small Things The God of Small Things
By Roy, Arundhati
2008-12 - Random House Trade
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"A banquet for all the senses," said "Newsweek" of this bestselling and Booker Prize-winning literary novel--a richly textured first book about the tragic decline of one family whose members suffer the terrible consequences of forbidden love. …More

Midnight's Children Midnight's Children
By Rushdie, Salman
1995-10 - Everyman's Library
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The author of The Stananic Verses creates a fascinating family saga about the birth and maturity of a land and its people--a brilliant incarnation of the human comedy. "Rushdie has achieved a magnificent and unique work of fiction".--The Philadelphia Inquirer. …More

A Suitable Boy A Suitable Boy
By Seth, Vikram
2005-10 - Harper Perennial
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Vikram Seth's novel is, at its core, a love story: Lata and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find -- through love or through exacting maternal appraisal -- a suitable boy for Lata to marry. Set in the early 1950s, in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, "A Suitable Boy" takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves. A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multiethnic society in flux, "A Suitable Boy" remains the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love and ambition, humor and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette and the most appalling violence.…More


No End to the Journey No End to the Journey
By Shankar, S.
2005-10 - Steerforth Press
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In the distinguished tradition of R. K. Narayan and Anita Desai, S. Shankar has written a keenly observed novel in which comic delicacy and rueful irony are beautifully balanced in a story placed against the vibrant backdrop of the New India, the world's largest democracy, and a country in which the rigid dogmas of the past often clash with the impatient and dynamic innovations of the present. Gopalakrishnan (Gopu to his family and friends), a 65-year-old retired civil servant, has recently and reluctantly returned home to the southern Indian village of Paavalampatti after a forty-year career in New Delhi. His father is dead, and his mother - aging and unwell - wants her son to take care of her in her dotage. His wife, Parvati, is none too happy to be back. Their only child, Suresh, has stayed behind in New Delhi to oversee a presumably successful construction business.. …More

Train to Pakistan Train to Pakistan
By Singh, Khushwant
1994-02 - Grove Press
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It is a place, Khushwant Singh goes on to tell us at the beginning of this classic novel, where Sikhs and Muslims have lived together in peace for hundreds of years. Then one day, at the end of the summer, the 'ghost train' arrives, a silent, incredible funeral train loaded with the bodies of thousands of refuges, bringing the village its first taste of the horrors of the civil war. Train to Pakistan is the story of this isolated village that is plunged into the abyss of religious hate. It is also the story of a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl whose love endures and transcends the ravages of war. …More

The Death of Vishnu The Death of Vishnu
By Suri, Manil
2012-06 - W. W. Norton & Company
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Winner - 2002 ALA Notable Fiction Selection
Suffused with Hindu mythology, this story of one apartment building becomes a metaphor for the social and religious divisions of contemporary India, and Vishnu's ascent of the staircase parallels the soul's progress through the various stages of existence. As Vishnu closes in on the riddle of his own mortality, readers ponder whether he might not be the god Vishnu, guardian not only of the fate of the building and its occupants, but of the entire universe. …More

Six Suspects Six Suspects
By Swarup, Vikas
2010-08 - Minotaur Books
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From the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Slumdog Millionaire" comes a richly textured social thriller. Seven years ago, Vicky Rai, the playboy son of the home minister of Uttar Pradesh, murdered bartender Ruby Gill because she refused to serve him a drink. Now Vicky Rai has been killed at the party he was throwing to celebrate his acquittal. …More

The Weight of Heaven The Weight of Heaven
By Umrigar, Thrity
2010-02 - Harper Perennial
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Filled with satisfyingly real characters and glowing with local color, "The Weight of Heaven" is a rare glimpse of a family and a country struggling under pressures beyond their control. …More

The Toss of a Lemon The Toss of a Lemon
By Viswanathan, Padma
2008-09 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
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An Indie Next Selection

Spanning the lifetime of one woman, this debut novel offers an intimate look into a Brahmin household. Inspired by her grandmother's stories, Viswanathan masterfully brings to life a profoundly exotic yet utterly recognizable family in the midst of social and political upheaval. …More