Indian writers/books

Anita Desai

Fasting, Feasting
In Custody

Fasting, FeastingIndian novelist and short story writer, especially noted for her sensitive portrayal of the inner life of her female characters. Several of Desai's novels explore tensions between family members and the alienation of middle-class women.Anita Desai was born in Mussoorie, a hill station north of Delhi, as the daughter of a D.N. Mazumdar, a Bengali businessman, and the former Toni Nime, of German origin.


R.K Narayan

Swami and Friends
The Ramayana: Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic
The Mahabharata

MahabharataR. K. Narayan was born in Madras in 1906 and educated there and at Maharajah's College in Mysore. He has lived in India ever since, apart from his travels. Most of his work, starting from his first novel Swami and friends (1935) is set in the fictional town of Malgudi which at the same time captures everything Indian while having a unique identity of its own.



Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things
War Talk

God of small thingsBorn in 1961 in Bengal, Arundhati Roy grew up in Kerala. She trained as an architect at the Delhi School of Architecture, but became better known for her complex, scathing film scripts. Media attention came when she spoke out in suapport of Phoolan Devi, who she felt had been exploited by Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen. The controversy escalated into a court case, after which she retired to private life to work on her first book, The God of Small Things, which was published in 1997.


Salman Rushdie

Midnight's Children
The Satanic Verses
Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Anglo-Indian novelist, who uses in his works tales from various genres - fantasy, mythology, religion, oral tradition. Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay, India, to a middle-class Moslem family. His paternal grandfather was an Urdu poet, and his father a Cambridge-educated businessman.


Rabindranath Tagore

Selected Short Stories
Selected Poems

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Nobel laureate for literature (1913), was one of modern India's greatest poets and the composer of independent India's national anthem.


Manil Suri

Death of Vishnu (Bloomsbury, (2001)


Rohinton Mistry

Family matters (Vintage, 2003)
A Fine Balance (Vintage, 2001)
Such a long journey (Vintage, 1992)

Born in Bombay in 1952, emigrated to Canada in 1975 to become a pop singer. He became a famous writer, instead. For 10 years he worked in a bank, while studying English and philosophy at the University of Toronto. The first short-story he wrote won the Hart House prize for fiction in 1983. His first novel, Such a Long Journey, was short-listed for the Booker Prize, and won several Canadian prizes. His recent novel A Fine Balance is based on the Emergency.


Amitav Ghosh

The Circle of Reason (New York: Viking, 1986)
The Shadow Lines (New York: Penguin, 1990)
In an Antique Land (New York: Vintage, 1994)
The Calcutta Chromosome (Picador, 1996)

Born in Calcutta, in 1956, graduated from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and took a D.Litt. in social anthropology from Oxford.


Vikram Seth

A suitable boy (1993)
The Golden Gate
An Equal Music

With the stunning commercial and critical successes of The Golden Gate and A Suitable Boy, is the best-known of the new Indo-English writers. He has also published five collections of poems, a travel book, From Heaven’s Lake, and translations of Chinese poetry. Born in 1952 in Calcutta, he studied in Calcutta, Delhi, Oxford, Stanford and Nanking. He is unmarried, and divides his time between Delhi and Britain.


Sunetra Gupta

A Sin of Colour
The Glassblower's Breath
Memories of Rain

Born in Calcutta in 1965, has spent most of her life abroad, growing up in Ethiopia, Ghana and Liberia, graduating in biology from Princeton University in the US, and finally settling in London in 1987. She is doing research on infectious diseases. Her novels include The Glassblower’s Breath and Memories of Rain.

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