5 Must-read books by Indian women authors

From literary and psychological fiction to mythological retelling, Indian women authors have covered it all.

Books written by women authors are women-centric and have a special rawness and depth that leaves an impact on the readers for many years. Below we give you a list of books by Indian women authors that guarantees to leave a mark on you.

  1. Lifting the Veil by Ismat Chughtai

An anthology of 21 fiction and non-fiction writings of Ismat Chughtai, this book has it all from fascinating dialogue and humour to witty characters. At a time when you would expect women to be tied down by patriarchal norms, Chughtai breaks out of it to give you empowering female characters exploring social and political norms.

  1. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Read about the consequences of the clash of colonialism with the modern world in this brilliant novel by Kiran Desai. Set in 1986 in Kalimpong in West Bengal, the story contrast between the lives of two different characters, Sai and Biju. The former lives in India with her grandfather, while the latter lives in New York.

  1. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Everyone knows the famous story of Mahabharat, but this book goes a step forward by telling the same world-famous Indian epic from the eye of Panchali, the wife of the Pandavas Brother. Giving you a new point of view on the ancient tale. The palace of Illusions throws light on the agony women faced in olden times, which still continues today, making it relevant to today’s world.

  1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things is the debut novel of Roy that won the Man Booker Prize in 1997. An extremely well crafted and touching story, the novel explores love along with caste-based discrimination in India. Roy breaks the rules of love and relationships to give you a novel filled with wit, magic and anguish.

  1. Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan

A light rom-com novel with a hard-hitting message, Anuja Chauhan’s novel tells the story of a married couple in New Delhi and their five beautiful but distinct daughters. The book is set in the ’80s when love was letters and landlines and is essentially an Indian twist to a Mills and Boons novel.

Curl up with your favourite blanket and a warm cup of coffee and get reading.

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