US-based Indian writer Amitava Kumar says, “This is an inadequate list. I wish I had read more of Indian literature in translation. UR Ananthamurthy’s Samskara surely deserves to be on that list, as does OV Vijayan’s The Legends of Khasak. Or a novel by the great Bengali writer Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay.
1. Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
2. River of Fire by Qurratulain Hyder
3. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
4. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
5. English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee
6. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
7. An Obedient Father by Akhil Sharma
8. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
9. The Immortals by Amit Chaudhuri
10. The Feuding Families of Village Gangauli, Aadha Gaon by Rahi Masoom Raza (translated by Gillian Wright).