Contemporary Indian authors have proved time and again that they are no less than any other author in the world. There have been a few that have been awarded for their exemplary work on a global platform. Dealing with complex topics, in a light yet impactful manner, is something that Indian authors have perfected, and here are the top 7 examples of that!
Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Published in 2008, Palace of Illusions is the retelling of the great Indian epic, Mahabharata, from the point of view of Draupadi, and draws parallels to a woman living in an essentially male-dominated, patriarchal world. A refreshing read which leaves the readers waiting for more.
“Love comes like lightning, and disappears the same way. If you are lucky, it strikes you right. If not, you’ll spend your life yearning for a man you can’t have.”
Lanka’s Princess – Kavita Kané
A story revolving around ‘Lanka’s Princess’, Ravan’s famous sister, who was the starting point of a great war in Indian mythology- Surpanakha. Kané narrates the story, published in 2017, from the point of view of the neglected sister, who gets more hate than she deserves.
“You were born a beautiful princess Meenakshi, the sister of the asura king Ravan, but your wickedness turned you into a monster—Surpanakha, the woman as hard as nails…”
No One Can Pronounce My Name – Rakesh Satyal
Officially published in 2017, this story is a funny, yet tender, take on the lives of immigrants and how they manage to combine their traditions and cultures with that of another country, and how their hopes and dreams fit into that rubric.
“It was through your own generosity of imagination that you made yourself good.”
Pashmina – Nidhi Chanani
A graphic novel that will harm the depths of your heart. Chanani weaves a wonderful tale following Priyanka Das and her journey of self-discovery and hardships. You’ll find yourself being appreciative and questioning the normalities of life.
The Art of Choosing – Sheena Iyengar
Choices define the way we live our lives. But what is the nature of these choices? Why do we make the choice that we make? Iyengar’s book will leave you in wonder of your own mind and in awe of her’s.
“What you see determines how you interpret the world, which in turn influences what you expect of the world and how you expect the story of your life to unfold.”
The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai
Magnificently written, this book has humour, threats, and has vividly portrayed characters, who fight with themselves as they learn about political and ethnic differences.
“Could fulfillment ever be felt as deeply as loss? Romantically she decided that love must surely reside in the gap between desire and fulfillment, in the lack, not the contentment. Love was the ache, the anticipation, the retreat, everything around it but the emotion itself.”
Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh
Adventurous, imaginative and wonderful. These are the words you will definitely use when you read Sea of Poppies. The first book in a trilogy, it has a great historical tendency and will leave you craving for the second book.
“The government to you is what God is to agnostics–only to be invoked when your own well being is at stake.”
By Yukta Baid