Summer for many is just holidays and fun with family and friends, it’s also the perfect time to catch up on some reading. And if you are someone who likes to read on holidays, this might be the perfect opportunity. On that note, here are few classic novels by Indian writers that you should read if you haven’t already.
The Guide by RK Narayan
The Guide is one of his most interesting books, which begins as a comic look at the life of a rogue, but evolves into something extraordinary. This is the starting point of Indian writing in English.
Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
This book is a masterpiece because it’s filled with a lot of character detail (give it’s a rather short novel). This book also shows how the human mind works.
The Complete Adventures of Feluda by Satyajit Ray
If murder, mystery, adventure, narrated in a racy, humorous style is of interest to you then Adventures of Feluda is the book you should pick. Also, it’s written by Satyajit Ray, what could be better?
The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond
The Room on the Roof was written by Ruskin Bond when he was just seventeen! So, it’s a given that it’s a coming of age masterpiece. It brilliantly describes the hopes and passions that capture young minds and hearts.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The novel is laced with Indian history and politics, class relations, cultural tensions, forbidden love, misogyny and women in India and betrayal. All this make this one a great read.
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Kiran Desai’s brilliant novel is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Navigating between the Indian traditions the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri try to find love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. The stories are fun, fast and will leave a mark on you.
Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan
Spot-on funny and toe-curlingly sexy, Those Pricey Thakur Girls is rom-com specialist Anuja Chauhan writing at her sparkling best. Great for a summer read.
Maximum City by Suketu Mehta
Suketu Mehta gives us an insider’s view of Bombay. He approaches the city from unexpected angles, taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs; following the life of a bar dancer raised amid poverty and abuse.
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger offers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality, told by the most volatile, captivating, and utterly inimitable narrator that this millennium has yet seen.
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