10 Best Selling Indian Novels You Must Read
Writing is an art, and not everyone is blessed with that talent. Writers write on various topics of their choice and readers choose them based on their interests. We have writers all across the globe who have provided us with classics, thrillers, fiction, sentiments, entertainment and many more varieties. Among the classics, the Indian classics stand different as they are deeply expressive, rich and culturally embedded. We shall discuss here about a few of the top Indian novels that should be read at least once by all book lovers.
- The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – A debut novel by Arundhati Roy which is a modern classic and stands as one of the best celebrated Indian Novels on both the national and international platforms. The story revolves around two twins Estha and Rahel who lives in Kerala. The novel depicts about the life of these twins and how it changes with the arrival of their cousin Sophie. It narrates an emotional tale of love, betrayal, kinship ties. The political predisposition is also vividly expressed through this text as the novel says about caste, class and discrimination. The God of Small Things is an award winning novel that set a landmark for Roy in her career.
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry – This is Mistry`s second novel and express the time between 1975 and 1984 , a period of the expanded government crackdowns and when the government has declared a State of Emergency. The novel explains how four strangers come together. Two tailors, a spirited widow and a young student, who fled the caste violence and come together into a cramped apartment and holds an uncertain future in front of them. The bond that is formed eventually among them, which leads from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an long-lasting view of the human spirit.
- Shadow Lines by Amitav Gosh – Amitav Gosh is an award winning Bengali writer. Shadow Lines are an vitalizing story about the borders that mark and limit our imaginations. It captures perspective of time and events and brings and keeps apart people, both at the same time. It is woven around the memories of one and hence becomes the imagination of another. Therefore this novel basically unwinds the imagination of the reader himself. This novel has a consistent reference the major historical events like The Second World War, Swadeshi Movement, The partition of India and many more. The book also had won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989.
- Midnight`s Children by Salman Rushdie – A book that deals with the transition of India from British Colonization to freedom and partition. The story revolves around Sakeem Sinai, who was born at the stroke of midnight when India got her independence and later as he grows, how he feels himself linked to almost everything that happens with his native country. The novel says about thousands of children that are born at the initial hours , especially on that particular day he was born and how they are gifted exceptionally. Using his telepathic powers tries to get all these children together. It was awarded the Booker of Bookers in 1993 and the best all time prize winners in 2008. Even today, this novel stands apart as a brilliant performance in fiction.
- Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai – A novel which deeply portrays the life daughters if an Indian family. The story revolves around one among the daughters , Uma in the family and how she is being suffocated and imprisoned by her parents. She is considered as a worthless child when compared to her siblings and all the praises are for her brother especially. Thus novel clearly shows the life of women and the sacrifices she has to make for the happiness of the others in the family and eventually suppressing her aspirations and desires. The book was short-listed for the Booker Prize award in 1999.
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri – The novel beautifully unwinds the immigrant experience, the difference in cultures, lifestyle, the conflict in adjusting to the difference of customs and above all the huge gap among the generations. Lahiri has explained the story very simply through the life of a Bengali family who changes base from Calcutta to America and how coping life with the western culture gets tough for this hard core Indian family. It all begins when it comes to name their son and how they name him with an old fashioned traditional name, that later shapes many aspects of his life in the later years. In the novel, Lahiri explains how parents impose on children their thoughts and believes and at times, children find it embarrassing when they are grown up. But towards the end, through love, hatred, pain finally the boy realizes the importance of what his father actually meant and how he regrets his life then. The Namesake is a fine tuned, intimate, and a deeply felt novel.
- A suitable Boy by Vikram Seth – The longest novel ever published in a single volume is what A suitable Boy is. It is basically a story that depicts the Indian culture where parents seek suitable alliances for their daughters and sons. This is written in the post independence, post partition era. The novel not only covers the search for a suitable boy, but also covers other issues like Hindu-Muslim rivalry, elimination of the Zamindari System and empowerment of Muslim women. A beautiful story, but does require lost of patience to complete reading this great novel.
- Truly , Madly, Deeply by Faraaz Kazi – A simple teenage love story is what this novel is about. A very popular guy , Rahul falls head over heels with a shy lady, Seema. He is so much in love that, due to his pompous nature, it gets noticed. This creates an uneasy atmosphere for Seema and gradually with a series of misunderstandings and ego clashes they drift apart. When Rahul realizes that he has lost everything including Seema`s love, it becomes too late. He tries to win her love back. Will it succeed? The novel is all about love and does real love really conquer all odds. As a first time writer, Kazi has done a great job with his Truly, Madly Deeply.
- Train To Pakistan by Khushwant Singh – This is a historical novel which recounts the Partition of India in 1947. Here the writer does not mean the physical partition alone, but partition providing a human dimension. In the novel, Singh writes beautifully that even though the Sikhs and Muslims did not like each other, they lived in harmony and peace in the village where they have been for generations and it was the separation that bought all the tragedy, in the name of religion. Singh explains that it is the deeds of man that distinguishes him as good or bad and not his religion, custom, caste or creed. A novel that clearly gives moral values to the reader is what the Train to Pakistan is all about.
- . Life of Pi by Yann Martel – This is an adventure novel by Martel that explains how an Indian boy survives a shipwreck after 277 days and his only companion was a Bengal tiger in a boat in the Pacific ocean. It basically shows the belief, faith, meditation that makes the boy survive and what it means to be alive. The novel revolves around how life changes for Pi, when his family gets drowned with the ship that they boarded to go to Canada and only he along with a few other animals survive the disaster. It is then the long days that he survives in the open ocean that is being described. The pain, agony, fear and boredom and the challenge of existence all put together is how Pi passes his days. Martel has put in simple story format the power of God and imagining that he is beside you all the time
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