Greatest Indian Novels you cannot afford to miss: HT


The Hindustan Times has published a list of the greatest Indian novels ever written.  The paper says, “It might feel incomplete (only books written in English or translations of works in Hindi and other regional languages figure here). It might seem biased (they’re personal picks from the best literary minds of our time). It might even appear as though we’ve missed your personal favourite (lists tend to do that). But for anyone looking to jump into the rich world of Indian writing, it’s a beautiful and imperative start. ”

A jury of eight – writers, publishers, academics and book critics – nominated 10 books each. The jury comprised of Amitava KumarChiki SarkarDavid DavidarHarish Trivedi, Jeet ThayilJerry PintoRavi Singh and Sunil Sethi. 

godThe books are listed alphabetically by author’s name.

1. Cutting For Stone (2009) by Abraham Verghese

2. Twilight In Delhi (1940) by Ahmed Ali

3. An Obedient Father (2000) by Akhil Sharma

4. The Immortals (2009) by Amit Chaudhuri

5. The Hungry Tide (2005) by Amitav Ghosh

6. The Shadow Lines (1988) by Amitav Ghosh

7. Fire On The Mountain (1977) by Anita Desai

8. In Custody (1984) by Anita Desai

9. Baumgartner’s Bombay (1988) by Anita Desai

10. The White Tiger (2008) by Aravind Adiga

11. The God Of Small Things (1997) by Arundhati Roy

12. The Fig Tree (1959) by Aubrey Menen

13. Kadambari (in Sanskrit, 7th century CE) by Banabhatta, translated by Padmini Rajappa (2010)

14. Anandamath (in Bengali, 1882) by Bankim Chandra Chatterji, translated by Basanta Kumar Roy (1992)

15. Trying To Grow (1991) by Firdaus Kanga

16. All About H. Hatterr (1948) by GV Desani

17. The Trotter-Nama: A Chronicle (1988) by Irwin Allan Sealy

18. Em And The Big Hoom (2012) by Jerry Pinto

19. Nectar In A Sieve (1954) by Kamala Markandaya

20. Train To Pakistan (1956) by Khushwant Singh

21. Delhi (1990) by Khushwant Singh

22. The Inheritance Of Loss (2006) by Kiran Desai

23. Cuckold (1997) by Kiran Nagarkar

24. Ravan & Eddie (1994) by Kiran Nagarkar

25. The Death Of Vishnu (2001) by Manil Suri

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