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Top 10 Famous Indian English Novelists

Kumar Paral is a writer, a culture enthusiast, and a bibliophile.

Top 10 Novelists of India

India has produced a number of celebrated novelists who write in English. Though the first well-known Indian English novelist was R. K. Narayan, there were many writers who experimented with English fiction and found success. The celebrated contemporary authors are Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai, and Aravind Adiga who won The Booker Prize. Chetan Bagat and Jeet Thayyil are the newcomers who became well known in a very short time. Read on for my full list of great Indian novelists.

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy came to the limelight with the publication of her first novel, "The God of Small Things". The novel generated a great wave in the world of English fiction both in India and abroad. The narrative techniques and the powerful use of the language with a tinge of her native Malayalam have given an exuberant experience to her readers. The God of Small Things also won the Booker Prize for English Fiction. Arundhati Roy's nonfiction works also shares her anti-establishment views, as well as unorthodox thought about freedom and equal rights irrespective of sex, colour, and social status.

Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai is a writer who has experimented with varied forms of narrative techniques in fiction. Kiran Desai's talent in the use of irony and humor makes her novels worth reading. Kiran Desai, daughter of Anita Desai, had won the Booker Prize for her second novel, "The Inheritance Of Loss" in 2006. "The Inheritance of Loss" deals with a number of themes from eventful rustic life to pangs insurgency. Kiran Desai is an outstanding woman author of contemporary India.

R. K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan is the first great Indian English writer who had a considerable audience abroad. R.K. Narayan novels share the essence of Indian culture in all its true colors. Like Thomas Hardy's Wessex, he created Malgudy, the imaginary place with typical Indian settings in its splendid form. The Guide is considered his masterpiece. His works are "The English Teacher", "Mr. Sampath", "The Man Eater of Malgudy", and "Swamy and Friends."

Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger is the first novel by Arvind Adiga which made him popular in India and abroad. Aravind Adiga won Booker Prize for literature in 2008 for "The White Tiger" which surprised the readers with its narrative strategy and realistic presentation of the world of corruption prevalent in all realms of Indian life. Many of the situations in the novel have parallels with contemporary Indian events. Adiga's other novels are also worth reading and he is a celebrated author who has something to say to the world.

Anita Desai

Ania Desai is a well-known novelist who is popular among readers for her in-depth analysis of the human mind and its workings. Desai's novels express feminine sensibility to a great extent and she is at her best when she reveals the unfathomable depth of the human mind. Desai depicts the plight of an isolated human being who is sidelined and cut off from the main streams of life. Cry, the Peacock is considered her masterpiece. Anita Desai has been short-listed for Booker Prize many times.

Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth is one of the celebrated writers in English whose literary eminence has been established by his second book, A Suitable Boy, which deals with the harsh realities of post-independent India in all manifestations. His novels present a very wide canvas than his contemporaries. Vikram Seth's works transcend the narrow national boundaries and stand for world citizenship like the writer himself.

Raja Rao

Raja Rao is a great writer who could assimilate the cultures of both the east and the west in his fictional narratives. The Gandhian ideals, the uniqueness of Indian culture, the western impact on Indian life, the essence of western civilization, and the dark myths of human relationships are dealt with in his works. Raja Rao celebrates womanhood through his works and probes the inner reality of varied shades of their relationships with man. Raja Rao's rustic characters are life-like sketches for which he won much appreciation. Kanthapura, his masterpiece, is a well-acclaimed novel that deals with the influence of Gandhi and his ideology in an isolated village during the Indian freedom movement.

Babani Bhattacharya

Babani Bhattacharya is a well-known Indian English writer who has a permanent place in the history of Indo - Anglian literature. Battacharya's mastery lies in fusing myth and reality, as well as in blending history and present-day tragedies of human beings. His novels have been translated into many languages. So Many Hungers, a novel dealing with the man-made famine of Bengal, is considered his masterpiece by critics.

Manohar Malgonkar

Manohar Malgonkar is a famous Indian novelist who has a sound historical sense. His works experiment with history in fictional terms. Malgonkar's novels are a mixture of intrigue, suspense, and love in their crude form. A Bend in the Ganges is his well-known novel that deals with the second world war and its impact on man and nature.

Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat is a famous author of a number of record-breaking best sellers. It is said that all of his novels are best sellers which no other Indian writer can claim till now. The most interesting fact about his writings is that they portray truth rather than fiction. Revolution 2020 is the most acclaimed novel as it depicts the sad plight of Indian society which is struggling due to nepotism and corruption.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Kumar Paral


Nikhil on August 24, 2020:

Very informative thank you....

md maaz on June 20, 2020:

its very good

Ram Rk on May 30, 2016:

thanks chetan bhagath you gave inspiration

George on October 24, 2015:

Chetan Bhagath???? I think you are missing a few better authors, real ones for e.g. Amitav Ghosh

roopesh on October 10, 2015:

It's a gd job sir thank u

Deepak sharma on September 11, 2015:

Sir thanks for their names it helps

jumana on August 22, 2015:

really helpful thnku so much

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seedhu on June 21, 2015:

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SudheenaSameer on June 16, 2015:

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bhupen ch pegu on June 14, 2015:

It is really helpful to updated information about indian English literature. Thanks for all this information.

anu on December 03, 2014:

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