Enter New Worlds with the 10 Best Indian Novels

Best Indian Novels

Reading novels is a perfect pass time and a great stress reliever. For the hours you read the novel you take yourself into another world. You forget about your worries. And why not take your thoughts to exotic places?

These 10 best Indian novels are the best ones to get started on.

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Is the road to marriage really beautiful? This novel takes a look at the life of Lata who wants to marry for love. Her parents prefer to look for a suitable boy for their 19 year old daughter.

The novel doesn’t only focus on the marriage but also the happiness and the heartbreak along the way.

There are 1474 pages of a story that is so intense that you wouldn’t want to stop reading for a second. All characters’ stories and personalities are highly detailed in the descriptions. It will feel as if they were real.

Who’ll be waiting for Lata at the wedding? A boy she loves or someone her parents think is suitable?

English August: An Indian Story by Upamanyu Chatterjee

If drama is not your genre of novels then try something slightly different.

Have you ever been to a government office? If yes, then you can probably relate to this book within the first few chapters.

This book tellsaninteresting point of view of how Indian offices operate. It’s quite a funny story. You’ll journey with Agastya Sen and see how his life changed when he goes to Madna.

The author draws heavily on his own experience so what you read describes close to real events.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Who wouldn’t love to read a novel from an award winning novelist? This is a debut novel and already a masterpiece.

The story follows a girl who wants something new in her life. However there are side stories that make your jaw drop.

This book is not for the fainthearted. There are many moments of tragedy. If you want to explore all your emotions then this novel is a must read.

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Sometimes novels don’t have overall happy themes. While this novel does have some humor and wittiness it’s the inner struggles & strategies of the characters that engross you.

The book is filled with words that describe every scene with great clarity. You’ll feel as if you’re living in the story. This is a story that you’ll never forget.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

If you love drama novels then give this one a read. There are two central characters:

  • The lonely and disoriented wife
  • The young college graduate who has an affair with a married man

The story is filled with twists and tales that you can’tpredict.

Who’ll be the character you sympathize the most? The story won’t make the decision easy.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The story is about a man who worked his way up from the low social class and is now successful. It explores issues of religious views, status and class, loyalty, exploitation & poverty in India.

This novel is relatable formany. There are plenty of moral aspects to help you realize what’s important in life.

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Read a story of a male from a woman’s point of view. Will this story spark the same emotions as you feel when reading a female dominant book?

The emotions of insecurity, jealousy and love are beautifully written& the storyline captivates everyone.

The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor

This is a political satire novel based in India. The book retells the stories of India’s major events during the freedom movement. This shaped its political history. It also tells of life after independence.

This novel is a fun medium for you to learn more about India’s history.

Maximum City by Suketu Mehta

Read about the lives of those who go to Bollywood for a better life.

It’s not as simple as you think. One aspect that is preventing such a life is the rivalry between Hindus and Muslims.

Who comes out on top? Or will there be peace between the two? When you read the novel you’ll be surprised with the ending.

Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

This novel takes a turn from the traditional stories Indian novelists write. It focuses on the rivalry between Muslims and the Sikh. The reason for a clash is a number of corpses on a train.

A mysterious plot twist occurs. Why did this train cause hate between the two religions?

Another twist to this story is it also follows the love story between a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl. With the two religions hating each other, what does it mean for the two lovers?

Does love prevail or are they forever separated because of the hate?

Which description captivated you? There are manyquestions that need answers and the best way to get them is to read these novels. They’re all beautifully written and evoke emotions you never thought you’ll feel simply by looking at pages. If you need a new world to enter then these books are the doorways.


Indian novelists know how to captivate the mind and emotions of their readers. Here lies a list of the best Indian novels and brief descriptions of what the storylines entail. You need to find the right book genre that interests you.

Most of the books are beautifully written which evoke any emotion possible. Others are thought provoking with looks at morals that can help you in life.

There is a lot more to the stories than the descriptions. Every page will engross you and prepare for many twists in the plots. These Indian novelists have created a new territory of stories. You’ll be amazed at what each novel holds.

These books are a perfect read for everyone. If you want to break away from traditional western stories these books are perfect replacements.

Anjali K.
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