Indian authors have been widely read for their vivid portrayal of the diverse culture and the modern ones owing to their representation of more cross-over, global India. There is Mulk Raj Anand, a pioneer of Anglo-Indian literature to follow for his realistic depiction of lower castes. Then, Arundhati Roy deserves to be read as a Man Booker Prize winner and Salman Rushdie for combining reality and history. A remarkable writer of the post-colonial era is Khushwant Singh who is known for his passionate poetry, secularism and humour. Vikram Seth born in post-colonial times, drew more from his merging experiences of those American, Indian and Chinese. And, V S Naipaul was more inclined towards using the developing countries for his plots which are often cynical.
Given below are few of the selected Indian authors’ books to read online or elsewhere.
A Bend in the River by V S Naipaul
It is the story of Salim, a man of Arab-African descent during the reign of Mobutu Sese Meko in Zaire. Hailing originally from India, Salim is bothered due to the growing unrest in his country of residence. In this edition, the author imagines endemic dislocation in a fictional land of the developing world. He sets his business at a bend in the river while he is at the receiving end of a violent change in the post-colonial era.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
Set in the post-independence India, this novel narrates the 18-month long story that involves four families. Written by one of the popular Indian authors, it is about a woman, Rupa who is trying to find a suitable boy to get Lata, her younger daughter married. Initially in denial, Lata is forced to choose between her suitors, Haresh, Kabir and Amit. The epic further offers a satirical treatment to the issues hogging the national politics in the aftermath of colonialism.
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Saleem Sinai is the protagonist of the story which is in the phase of transition from independence to post-colonialism. The guy is born right at the midnight hour but with telepathic powers and an extremely sensitive nose. Luckily, all children who took birth at that point of time have certain special gifts and Saleem happens to organise them to reflect upon the cultural, political, linguistic and religious issues plaguing the nation at large.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
It recites the tale of two fraternal twins in 1969 who are only reunited in 1993 after turning 31. The story has caste system and communism at its centre when narrating the childhood of both the siblings whose lives get destroyed due to the laws imposed by the hypocritical society and they are left to pick up the pieces. The incidents that take place in their childhood form the crux of this tale and shape their perspectives.
Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
If the heart-wrenching events during the partition of India have always caught your attention, then this book is to live for. Set in the backdrop of communal tensions, this book has been woven with all the terrible stories you can hear ever from the fictional village, Mano Majra.
Search for Indian authors’ books online and you will find these writings selling like hot cakes on almost every web portal.