7 Audiobooks by Indian Authors You Should Listen
Many Indian Authors have established themselves on the world stage of book writing. Many of those books are equally entertaining in their audio format. Today we have bought you 7 Audiobooks by Indian authors you should listen.
7 Audiobooks by Indian Authors You Should Listen:
Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
In this book, Divakaruni flips the Indian epic Mahabharata and views it from a woman – Draupadi’s perspective. She describes the life of Draupadi, the woman who bears responsibility for the goriest Indian war. Starting from her unconventional birth from the fire and her childhood in the bleak walls of Panchal to her unconventional marriage to five men, the book talks about it all. Then, it goes into the intricacies of Draupadi’s marital life – her brief stay in Hastinapur and her royal ‘palace of illusions’ in Indraprastha. It then talks of Draupadi’s deterioration, loss of wealth and public humiliation at the hands of Duryodhana and the events of war the stemmed from it. Finally, it also explores the aspect of Draupadi’s secret attraction to her husbands’ enemy – Karna.
The Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
The first book in the Ibis trilogy spanning the Opium War, this follows the ship called Ibis and its passengers in India. We have the villager raped by her husband’s brother who finds love in a huge man Kalia called Deeti and a deposed prince called Neel. Plus, there’s the second officer of the ship from Britain, Zachary and his lover and daughter of a famous botanist, Paulette. All their lives intersect on board the Ibis and continue against the backdrop of China and the Opium War.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
This is the story of twins Estha and Rahel as their 6 year old lives unfold in a riverine village of Kerala. All the events build up to the devastation of the family due to a tragedy – the death of their cousin Sophie. Consequently, their mother’s affair with a servant of lower caste leads to her expulsion and death, and the twins become estranged. They reunite years later. This book is sad, but full of unusual, weird beauty that takes the breath away.
The Last Song of Dusk by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
In Shanghvi’s poetic and lyrical debut, we follow Anuradha and Vardhamaan’s marital life that is full of strife. The couple falls intensely in love with each other, and the token of their love manifests in a sweet and musical child, Mohan. But Mohan’s untimely death leads to the estrangement of the couple. Here, the third protagonist a wild and unstable adolescent artist who can walk on water enters Anuradha’s life. Anuradha then bears a second son, who is silent and withdrawn. This is a book about love and loss, and will make you shed tears.
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
One of the most famous books of Indian literature, this magical realist book tells the story of Saleem. He is born like 1000 others at the midnight of India’s independence day. All these children receive special gifts on account of their miraculous birth – Saleem’s gift is an extraordinary sense of smell. Through Saleem and a poignant family saga, we look at newly independent India of the mid twentieth century.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
Vikram Seth’s humongous novel follows the story of a woman seeking a husband. She has to make a choice between three suitors. One of them is her ex lover who is Muslim, another is her sister-in-law’s relative, a poet from Calcutta. And the last is a shoemaker who is her mother’s choice. Contrasted against this is the story of Maan, the son of a politician who falls in love with an older courtesan Muslim with a troubled past. This story paints the portrait of late mid 20th century India.
The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathy
This mythological fiction reimagines the Hindu God of Destruction, Shiva as a mortal with extraordinary powers. He comes from his wild homeland in the Himalayas to the land of the Suryavanshis and Chandravanshis to realize his destiny. This takes him on a quest to rid the world of the Somras. Plus, it makes him meet the love of his life, Sati.
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