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Top 5 Indian Contemporary Authors

Updated on October 31, 2014

The trend of Indian writers writing in English has been going on for more than a decade. Many reputed writers are doing so like Shobaa De, Jhumpa Lahiri, Devdutt Pattanaik, Salman Rushdie and so on. Different individuals have different choices in books, pertaining to that thought these above mentioned authors have managed to cater to a lot of audience.

Given below are five of my favourite authors whose works are loved and devoured by all! Check out my list and see some of them matches yours as well!

Vikram Seth

If you are looking for language that is going to reveal and teach you your own culture through the nitty gritty’s of domestic life via the wheels of sarcasm it is none other than Vikram Seth. He takes on the nuances and different problematic areas of the society and it feels refreshing to read his different techniques. If you like the genre, Vikram Seth is sure to do more than just please you.

This East Calcutta born writer has won hearts through his smartly rhymed contemporary verse- The golden Gate as well with epic novels like 1300 pages A Suitable Boy. A Suitable Boy is my personal favourite. Seth is best known for his myriad illustrations of the mundane Indian life.

Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni

A Calcutta born writer she is largely acclaimed for her femministic works. Her subject greatly deals greatly with the South Asian immigration to America and their adaptations to the customs of the First world. These are vividly explored in her various works as Mistress of Spices, Arranged Marriages, Sister of my heart and so on.

She received the American Book Award in the year 1995, which she aptly deserves. She also challenged historical testimonies with her Palace of Illusions which has been written from Draupadi’s perspecrive of Mahabharat. It is an extremely wonderful narrative and is loved by all who have read it. Her picture-like descriptions remain in your mind long after you close the book for she has a way of imprinting them in your mind.

Ruskin Bond

Born amongst the hills in the quiet town of Kasauli, he bears testimony of the few Britishers left behind in India after Independence. He was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial prize in the year 1975 for his first written novel the Room on the Roof. He has written several stories with his character Rusty. He is famously known as a children writer for his ever popular stories like Grandfather’s Zoo, Angry River and others. His works portray him as a melancholic lover as has been proven by short stories The Eyes Have it, The Night Train at Deoli and Love is a sad song.

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is best known for his philosophical touch in the mundane and ordinary lives. His works generally deal with lives of common people set in the timeline of the early 20th century as was seen in Sea of Poppies. His other works, The Glass Palace, The hungry Tide and The Calcutta Chromosome have receivd him aplause for his wonder depiction of Calcuttan life. He also has a number of non-fiction essay compilations to his credit like Dancing in Cambodia and At Large in Burma, The Imam and the Indian and Incendiary Circumstances.

Jhumpa Lahiri

An Indian American author, she has won hearts through her simple writings of Indians settled in America. Her impeccable description of how Bengalis adapt to the New World while still holding onto their Bengali roots. Her books-The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and Interpreter of Maladies, for which she won thePulitzer Prize for Fiction, bear testimony to this chatacteristic of her writing. She was nominated for the Man Booker Prize for The Lowlands in the year 2013. She has been appointed a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama. She has the distinction of being a debutant No. 1 bestseller for Interpreter of Maladies.

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