India and Books: Reading India

  • That Man on the Road: Contemporary Telugu Short Fiction
  • T̶h̶e̶ ̶U̶n̶t̶o̶u̶c̶h̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶S̶p̶r̶i̶n̶g̶
  • Doll’s Wedding and Other Stories by Chaso*
  • The Hussaini Alam House by Huma R Kidwai*
  • The Man from Chinnamasta by Mamoni Roisam Goswami (have been suggested this by many so I went and googled her and one thing I just love is writers having pen names. Her original name is Indira Goswami and she is a Sahitya Akademi Award winner for her writings, so I guess a must read then!)
  • U̶n̶d̶e̶r̶t̶o̶w̶ ̶b̶y̶ ̶J̶a̶h̶a̶n̶a̶v̶i̶ ̶B̶a̶r̶u̶a̶
  • His Share of Sky by Rashmi Narzary
  • Forest Beneath the Mountains, Ankush Saikia*
  • His Father’s Disease, Aruni Kashyap*
  • Mitra Phukan
  • Maila Anchal by Fanishvar Nath Renu ( I read that he is one of the most influential and successful author post-Premchand era and his work is considered to be one of the best in Hindi literature after Premchand’s Godan)
  • Kurukshetra by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
  • Curse of Yesterday by Anumita Sharma
  • Bihar Is In The Eye Of The Beholder, Vijay Nambisan
  • Phoolsunghi, Pandey Kapil
  • Vinod Kumar Shukla’s Window In our House Are Little Doors*
  • The burning forest by Nandini
  • A̶̶̶g̶̶̶e̶̶̶ ̶̶̶o̶̶̶f̶̶̶ ̶̶̶F̶̶̶r̶̶̶e̶̶̶n̶̶̶z̶̶̶y̶̶̶ ̶̶̶b̶̶̶y̶̶̶ ̶̶̶M̶̶̶a̶̶̶h̶̶̶a̶̶̶b̶̶̶a̶̶̶l̶̶̶e̶̶̶s̶̶̶h̶̶̶w̶̶̶a̶̶̶r̶̶̶ ̶̶̶S̶̶̶a̶̶̶i̶̶̶l̶̶̶
  • Goa, a Daughter’s Story by Maria Aurora Couto*
  • Skin by Margaret Mascarenhas
  • Just Matata by Braz Menezes
  • Full Disclosure by Manohar Shetty
  • Ferry Crossing : Short stories from Goa
  • By the Sabarmati by Esther David
  • The Burden of Refuge by Rita Kothari
  • Karan Ghelo by Nandshankar Mehta
  • Ratno Dholi: The Best Stories of Dhumketu*
  • Saraswatichandra by Govardhanram Madhavaram Tripathi (considered as one of the best in Gujarati Literature)
  • Alhad Bikaneri
  • Dada Lakhmi Chand (my father told me he is one of the most famous poets of the State and died while reciting one of his poems)
  • Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, Deepa Anappara
  • The Red Tin Roof, Nirmal Verma
  • Simla: The Summer Capital of British India
  • Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s My Father’s Garden*
  • The Adivasi Will Not Dance and Other Stories, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar*
  • G̶h̶a̶c̶h̶a̶r̶ ̶G̶h̶o̶c̶h̶a̶r̶ ̶b̶y̶ ̶V̶i̶v̶e̶k̶ ̶S̶h̶a̶n̶b̶a̶g̶h̶
  • The Scent of Pepper by Kavery Nambisan
  • Suragi, U R Ananthamurthy*
  • My Story by Kamala Das (I read that the author was one of the most fiercest women in Kerala and is famous for writing about female sexuality unapologetically. I think it is about time we read such authors)
  • Goat Days by Benyamin
  • Aarachaar (English translation: Hangwoman) by KR Meera
  • Kiran Nagarkar
  • The Cock is the Culprit, Unni R*
  • Harishankar Parsai
  • Baramasi by Gyan Chaturvedi
  • A Dying Banyan by Manzoor
  • Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People*
  • Rochelle Potkar (author)
  • Baluta by Daya Pawar
  • Breathless in Bombay by Murzban
  • Smritichitre, Lakshmibai Tilak*
  • Shala, Milind Bokil*
  • Mothers of Manipur by Teresa Rehman
  • The Maharaja’s Household by M.K. Binodini Devi
  • Mother, Where’s My Country, Anubha Bhonsle*
  • The Princess and the Political Agent, Binodini* (won the Sahitya Akademi Award)
  • Linthoi Chanu
  • Neti, Neti by Anjum Hasan
  • Boats on Land by Janice Pariat*
  • High Wind, Tilottoma Misra*
  • Zorami — A Redemption Song by Malsawmi Jacob
  • The Blaft Book of Mizo Myths, Cherrie Lalnunziri Chaangte*
  • Despite the State, M Rajshekhar*
  • Is That Even a Country, Sir!, Anil Yadav*
  • Easterine Kire
  • Laburnum for My Head by Temsula Ao ( have seen this suggestion on multiple forums)
  • Son of the Thundercloud by Easterine Kire
  • The Many That I Am: Writings from Nagaland, ED: Anungla Zoe Longkumer*
  • The Last Night of Glory Days, Avinuo Kire*
  • Six Acres and a Third by Fakir Mohan Senapati*
  • Bheda, Akhila Naik*
  • Paraja by Gopinath Mohanty
  • Citadel of Love by Pratibha Ray
  • Tamas by Bhisham Sahni (written from the experiences witnessed at Rawalpindi, a part of undivided Punjab at the time of Partition)
  • Amrita Pritam’s Raseedi Ticket
  • Zindaginama by Krishna Sobti*
  • Harilal and Sons, Sujit Saraf*
  • Cuckold, Kiran Nagarkar*
  • The Land where I Flee by Prajwal*
  • The Light of His Clan by Chetan Raj*
  • Legend of the Lepchas: Folktales from Sikkim, Yeshey Doma
  • Estuary by Perumal Murugan
  • Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki
  • Along With The Sun: Stories from Tamil Nadu’s Black Soil Region, ED: Ki Rajanarayanan*
  • JJ: Some Jottings, Sundara Ramaswamy*
  • A shift in the wind by Aminuddin
  • Ant Among Elephants
  • The Monk-King, Rabindranath Tagore
  • Ruskin Bond (I personally recommend him. He is one that should be and must be read)
  • Mountain Echoes by Namita Gokhale
  • In the Shadow of Devi Kumaon by Manju Kak
  • The Good Girls, Sonia Faleiro*
  • Looking Through Glass, Mukul Kesavan*
  • Munshi Premchand’s Godan
  • Raag Darbari by Shirlal Shukla
  • Kitney Pakistan by Kamleshwar
  • Aag ka Dariya by Qurratulain Hyder
  • Diddi, Ira Pandey*
  • The Chipko Movement, Shekhar Pathak*
  • Saikat Majumdar
  • Sunil Gangopadhyay
  • Dozakhnama (Conversations in Hell) by Rabisankar
  • Feluda by Satyajit Ray
  • G̶o̶r̶a̶ ̶b̶y̶ ̶R̶a̶b̶i̶n̶d̶r̶a̶n̶a̶t̶h̶ ̶T̶a̶g̶o̶r̶e̶
  • Daughter of Jorasanko by Aruna Chakravarti
  • Draupadi by Mahasweta Devi (most of her work is tribal narrative and I have been suggested this by many)
  • Moom, Bani Basu*
  • Hooghly: The Global History of a River, Robert Ivermee*
  • Islands in Flux: The Andaman and Nicobar Story by Pankaj Sekhsaria
  • Storm in Chandigarh by Nayantara Sahgal
  • Khushwant Sinha’s Train to Pakistan
  • Mohan Rakesh (a pioneer of the Nai Kahaani movement. I would suggest one to read more about this literary movement in the Hindi literature. It was only while curating this list did I come across this knowledge)
  • Agha Shahid Ali
  • The Book of Gold Leaves
  • Auroville: A City for the Future by Anuradha Majumdar
  • The Pondicherry Kitchen by Lourdes Tirouvanziam-Louis




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