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Indian Women Authors You Should Read

Indian Women Authors You Should Read

July 12th, 2018

Women writers in India with literacy appreciations and various awards, have been narrating stories for quite a sometime. They have a different style of narrating the stories, giving a touch of their own personal experience as well.

If you love books, you should definitely pick up a book by these ladies to discover a whole new world of storytelling:


Jhumpa Lahiri: An Indian American by birth, Jhumpa Lahiri is the most famous voice and spokesperson for NRI women. She tells their story like no other – their identity crisis, quirks, angst, melancholy, ambitions and flickering spirit of hope through charming characters and familiar common experiences.

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: While a lot of people recommend The Palace of Illusions by her, an interesting retelling of Mahabharata from Draupadi's point of view, we say you also give The Mistress of Spices a read.

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Indu Sundaresan: She is the author of six books so far: the three novels of the Taj trilogy, The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses and Shadow Princess; a collection of short stories, In the Convent of Little Flowers; a novel set in India during four days in May of 1942 titled The Splendor of Silence; and, a novel based on the Kohinoor diamond, The Mountain of Light.

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Arundhati Roy: The author deals with human emotions in the most real fashion and intertwines those very emotions with social issues. Her debut novel, The God of Small Things, was such a success because of exactly that.

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Kiran Desai: The daughter of author Anita Desai, Kiran has a way of narrating stories that will tug at your heart for a long time. Her second book, The Inheritence of Loss, won her a Man Booker Prize and for good reason.

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