India’s literature has flourished over the years. Indian English literature has many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels. That are many riveting and beautiful novels that everyone needs to read. Here are 10 best Indian novels to read.

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

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Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie is about Saleem Sinai who was born at midnight of India’s independence. He finds himself mysteriously “handcuffed to history” by the coincidence. Saleem is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour and each of them are endowed with an extraordinary talent. It is both a privilege and curse to be master and victim of their times. Saleem’s gift is inner ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell. Readers are drawn into a captivating story of family set against background of the 20th century India.

The Inheritance Of Loss by Kiran Desai

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The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai is set in an isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas. The story is about three people who live in that house. The judge who is broken by a world that is too messy for justice and is haunted by his past. His orphan granddaughter, Sai who has fallen in love with her handsome tutor, despite their different backgrounds and beliefs and the cook, whose thoughts are often of his son Biju, who is working in a New York restaurant, mingling with an underclass from all over the globe as he seeks a place to call home. Kiran Desai’s novel is a tale of joy and despair. It is one among 10 best Indian novels that everyone needs to read.

The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is set in year 1969 in the state of Kerala. It is the story of twins Estha and Rahel. Their world is shaken completely by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. Arrival of their cousin is an event that leads to an illicit affair and tragedies that are both accidental and intentional. The God of Small Things is a beautifully unnerving novel by Arundhati Roy.

Train To Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

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Train To Pakistan is a historical fiction novel by Khushwant Singh. The novel recounts the horror, agony and trauma faced by the local people during the Partition of India and Pakistan. At the heart, Train to Pakistan is the story of a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl from an isolated village whose love endures and transcends the devastation of war. This is a well told story and also one among 10 best Indian novels that everyone needs to read.

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri is about the Ganguli family. After their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ashoke is an engineer in training who adapts to life in America better than his wife Ashima, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born he is named after the Russian writer Gogol. As Gogol Ganguli is growing up in an Indian family in suburban America, he starts to hate his name and wants to cast it off, along with the values it represents. Gogol goes on his own journey only to discover that the search for identity depends on much more than a name.

Malgudi Days by R. K Narayan

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Malgudi Days is a collection of stories by R. K. Narayan. It is a collection of 32 stories in which are composed of magical portraits of an astrologer, a snake-charmer, a postman, a vendor of pies and chappatis and all kinds of people. The fictional city of Malgudi springs to life and reveals the essence of India and of human experience. 

Nectar In Sieve by Kamala Markandaya

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Nectar in Sieve by Kamala Markandaya is the story of Rukmani. She was married as a child bride to a tenant farmer she never met. She works everyday side by side with her husband in the field that are destroyed by droughts, monsoons, and insects. The novel chronicles the story of Rukmani as she fights poverty, disaster and meets changing times with courage and resilience. Nectar in Sieve by Kamala Markandaya is a moving story that celebrates the human spirit.

The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor

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The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor is a satirical novel. In this novel Tharoor recasts and resets the 2,000 year old epic story of The Mahabharata, with fictional but highly real events and characters from twentieth-century Indian politics. It is set during India’s struggle for freedom and independence from Britishers. In this novel Tharoor directs his hilarious satire as much against Indian shortcomings as the blunders of the British rulers.

Palace Of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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In ‘Palace of Illusions’ Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni reimagines the world-famous Indian epic, The Mahabharata and is told from the point of view of a woman. The Palace of Illusions is half history, half myth, and completely magical. The story is narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharata. The novel is a new interpretation of the ancient tale. The novel chronicles the story of the princess Panchaali’s life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father’s kingdom. Panchaali helps her husbands in their quest to reclaim their birthright, and remains at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war that involves all the important kings of India.

In Custody by Anita Desai

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In Custody by Anita Desai is story of Deven, a Hindi lecturer in small-town Mirpore who gets a chance to interview Nur, India’s greatest living Urdu poet. This interview offers Deven an escape from his dull life. However, the Nur he meets is different from what he imagined. He is an enfeebled man, surrounded by clashing wives and preying sycophants. As the story progresses they form an unusual alliance. In Custody by Anita Desai is a brilliant and thought-provoking novel.

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