Novels are great piece of fictional works, which expresses explores the best of human and their nature. Several Indians have contributed a great deal to English literature by offering some of the most brilliant and excellent work of fictions. These works have gained popularity due to the versatility of their key topic and offered a deep insight into life.
Some of the best literature works by famous Indian authors are mentioned below, all of which are a must read by literature enthusiast:
- The Guide
The Guide is a famous fictional novel written by R.K. Narayan in 1958. The novel was also adapted into a Bollywood film, with DevAnand in the lead role. The novel’s story revolved around the transformation of main protagonist, named Raju, from a mere tour guide to a spiritual guide. In the end, Raju became one of the supreme holy men in the country.
A great novel, which sheds light on the cruelty and the situation of caste system in India. The novel was published in 1935, and was written by Mulk Raj Anand. The story focuses on the idea of eradicating and finishing the caste system, while exploring daily life of Bakha, depicted as a young untouchable.
- Train to Pakistan
This historical novel was published in the year of 1956, and was written by Khushwant Singh. The novel depicts the partition and brings it more to a human dimension, rather than focusing on the political events and issues. It brings sense of reality, believability and horror to the plot. The novel was adapted into a film of the same name in 1998.
- Heat & Dust
Heat & Dust was published in 1975, and was written by Ruth PrawarJhabvala. The book went on to win the Booker Prize for its amazing plot and depiction. The plot surrounds a young British women who went on to seek and uncover the truth of her step-grandmother’s life in India, while under the British Raj.
- Fasting, Feasting
Fasting, Feasting is written by Anita Desai, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999. It is the story of a lumpish and plain Uma, and the late born child, Arun. Both are siblings to a conventional and strict parents, and the novel depicts their life.
- Midnight’s Children
Midnight’s Children is a book written by Salman Rushdie in 1980. The plot of the book deals with India’s changeover or alteration from the British colonialism to the partition of British India, ultimately leading to Independence. The story is narrated by its protagonist, Saleem Sinai, and sets context of real historical events.
- A Fine Balance
Written by Rohinto Mistry, A Fine Balance was the second novel in his career. The story starts in Bombay, India and tells us the story of the city between 1975 and 1984 during chaos of The Emergency. It depicts the period of crackdowns on civil liberties and an expanded government power. The book revolves around four characters, from different background, who meet and come together, while developing a bond.