India is brimming with literary talent that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Young authors who write brilliant prose across genres have their works swept under the carpet. Today, let’s break this stereotypes. Let’s talk 5 young authors from India you should read. They are emerging writers and authors who are full of caliber and willingness to work hard. Let’s appreciate them for who they are and who they’re striving to be. A small bit of encouragement, after all, goes a great way.
List Of 5 Young Authors From India You Should Read
The author: Amrita Mahale is a true genius. She has studied aerospace engineering at IIT Bombay – and everyone who lives in India knows how big a deal it is. And to top that, she has also studied at Stanford University. She was born in Mumbai and grew up in different cities all over the country, but somehow remained attached to Mumbai. This is why the city plays such a prominent role in her debut novel, ‘Milk Teeth.’ Her work has appeared in several renowned magazines like Hindustan Times and Scroll.
The work: Amrita’s debut novel, ‘Milk Teeth,’ which also won her the JCB Prize, is a stunning exploration of Mumbai. It is the story of two friends, Ira and Kartik, who live in the same building in Matunga. Their heartwarming friendship of the 90s has a sepia toned nostalgia to it. Years later, all grown up, the journalist Ira and MNC worker Kartik meet again, and the pulsating city of Mumbai envelopes them in its cocoon of dreams.
The author: This 34 year old writer isn’t a strange name in the world of Indian literature. He studied Finance and Marketing but quit his job at American Express in 2011 to pursue writing as a full time job. He is known for his coffee-table novels – full of soft, light and breezy romance. If you’ve ever checked out his Instagram page, you’ll know his captions are always witty and hilarious. This light humor translates into all his books making them super fun reads.
The work: “Of Course I Love You..!…Till I Find Someone Better” was his first novel. consequently, he has written “You Were My Crush! … till you said you love me!.” He has also authored, “If It’s Not Forever … It’s Not Love,” “Till The Last Breath …,” “Someone Like You” His other works include “Hold My Hand” and “When Only Love Remains” and many more. His latest book, “A Touch of Eternity,” was published in 2021. All of these are contemporary romance novels set in India. they are very relatable and very easy -to-read books.
The author: Gaurav Purab is a marketer in a leading technology firm and a truly talented upcoming writer in India. He was a notorious kid, getting expelled from several schools for his naughtiness. Till date, he loves adding a little but of fun and notoriety to his novels. Coupling his natural humor with an anecdotal style, he writes about serious topics with the perfect balance of maturity and wit. He lives in Pune with his wife and their wonderful dog Joko who has a multiple personality disorder.
The work: Gaurav’s debut novel is as promising as it is absolutely impossible to put down. Titled “Rustom and the Last storyteller of Almora,” this is the quirky tale of a Parsi man submerged in debt and financial crises. An opportunity at redemption comes his way in the form of his grandfather’s will. It states that he must kill himself in a certain way to obtain the fortune. As he goes into a masochist and self-destructive mode, his best friend convinces him to meet a man in the Himalayan city of Almora. This man describes astonishing vision disguised in the form of tales of love and loyalty. This intriguing plot is a must read for Indian readers.
The author: Alcatraz Dey is an author, gamer and rider. He gives motivational speeches at colleges across the country and counsels young minds. Has a travel YouTube video channel where he posts vlogs and experiences from his trips
The work: Dey has written three thriller novels and two non fiction novels. Of these, Shining India and The Devil Never Loses are the most popular and bestselling ones. Others include Colossal, 31 Sins, The Serpentine Scrolls, Decoding the Service Election Board and others. His book of short stories, “Harakiri in my Heart” is a collection of stories straight from the heart of the author to the reader.
The author: Meghna Pant is not only a writer, but also a skilled and prize-winning journalist. She’s also a speaker and moderator at events where she interviews women who have shattered glass ceilings. Apart from this, she is a staunch feminist as well.
The work: Her novel, “One and a Half Wife,” won the Muse India Young Writer Award. She has written two short story collections namely “Happy Birthday” and “The Trouble with Women,” which is considered a feminist masterpiece now. She has authored two non fiction novels as well – “Feminist Rani” and “How to Get Published in India.” In addition, she has also written “The Holy 100.” Her books deal with a variety of topics ranging from domestic violence’s to surrogacy and body shaming.
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