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Bookworm Alert: 6 books by Indian writers you must read

Our handpicked selection of books by Indian writers would take you on a journey to the essence of this diverse nation. Read on to know more.

Indian writings in English has undoubtedly come a long way since independence thanks to likes of Arundhati Roy, R.K Narayan, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie. So, ditch those international best-sellers, and treat yourself with some fantastic books by Indian writers.

1. Swami and friends by R.K. Narayan

The heartwarming tale of Swami and his adventures in the fictional town of Malgudi. R.K Narayan brings out the element of nostalgia with Swami’s inability to study math’s, his school life, his escapades. Written from a young boy’s perspective, you can read this one in one go.

2. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

This, Man Booker Prize winner, is a stellar read. The story of Biju and Sai is set in the theme of an identity crisis, running after mirage and various cultural conflicts. What attracts you the most about this book how honestly with the help of wit and wizardry of words, Kiran Desai presents you with most relatable circumstances.

3. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

This book can be termed as a modern spiritual classic. Written by the Indian monk and yogi, who is credited to take ancient art of meditation (Kriya Yoga) to the West. Did you know that Steve Jobs asked to give this book as a gift in his memorial service? Another reason why you should read it now!

4. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake presents the themes of generation gap, conflicting cultures and identity crisis with such a perfection that you can sympathize with every character’s point of view. Jhumpa Lahiri’s compelling, informal narrative makes it a delight from start to end.

5. The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

This novella tells you why Ruskin Bond is the magician of words and can capture your imagination. A simple story of Binya and her blue umbrella, makes you cherish simple joys of life. A must-read for that quiet rainy afternoon.

6. The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

By the pen of a master storyteller, The Glass palace is the story of Rajkumar and his epic journey which goes from Burma, Bengal to Malaya. It explores various aspects of colonialization, class struggle, the moral dilemma of Indians in the British force and also the aftermath of world wars.

There are many more books by Indian authors that need to be explored. So, free your imagination, and let the journey begin.

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