When I search for good books I try to choose also some books which are out of the most popular and ordinary offers, so I look sometimes over our borders. India is very amazing and huge country which seems very interesting to me. So I got an idea to look for some good novels from Indian authors. There are many of them but I chose some good short collection of books which are translated to English. I hope you`ll find something for you!
The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)
The White Tiger book was a winner of The Man Booker Prize in 2008. It presents a raw and unromanticised India, the story is both thrilling and shocking. It leads us from desperate, sometimes lawless villages near Ganges to the booming Wild South of Bangalore, with technology and outsourcing centers.
Balram Halwai is the name of The White Tiger – the smartest boy in his village. His family is too poor that they couldn’t afford to pay school for him. That`s why he has to work in tea shop, where he is breaking coals and wiping tables. Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a chauffeur and takes him to live in Delhi. He finds a city as a revelation, when he drives his master around, he finds out that wealth and opportunities are all around him, but he knows that he will never be able to access to that world. As Balram broods his situation, he finds out that there is only one way to become a part of this glamourus new India – by murdering his master.
Midnight`s Children (Salman Rushdie)
The iconic masterpiece of India that introduced the world to “a glittering novelist–one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling” (The New Yorker).
Salem Sinai was born at midnight on 15th August in 1947. He was one of the 1000 children at that night, at the moment of India`s independence. Greeted by fireworks display, cheering crowds and Prime Minister Nehru himself,
Saleem grows up to learn consequences of this important moment in India`s history. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are bound to those of his nation. His life is inseparable from the history of his country. This novel is a fascinating family saga and an evocation of a vast land people-a brilliant incarnation of the human comedy.
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
This Arundhati`s novel was the literary sensation of the 1990s, she got the Booker Prize for it. The God of Small Things is written as a beautiful novel, colored and teeming with life, it contains a comedy and a sense of
It shows life of twins named Rahel and Estha. They are growing up among the banana vats and peppercorns of their blind grandmother`s factory amid scenes of political turbulence in the town of Kerala. Armed only with innocence, they tried to craft their childhood amidst what constitutes their family – their lonely mother Ammu, their blind grandmother Mamachi, their beloved Uncle Chacko (pickle baron and radical Marxist) and their avowed enemy Baby Kochama (ex nun and grand aunt).
When one day, their English cousin Sophie Mol and her mother Margaret Kochamma arrived for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in one day.
Maximum City (Suketu Mehta)
The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 and won the Kiriyama Prize, an award given to books that foster a greater understanding of nations and people of Pacific Rim and South Asia.
The Maximum City is an insider`s view about the city of Bombay, which is written and shown to us by Suketu Mehta, a native of this stunning metropolis. It is impassioned, funny and heartrending revelation of ancient and ever-changing world.
The author approaches the city from unexpected angles and views. He takes us into the criminal underground of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs, following the life of a bar dancer who raised in poverty and abuse. He opens the door into the inner sanctums of Bollywood and delving into the stories of countless villagers who came to the city in search for a better life but end up living on the sidewalks.
Mehta also showed his own efforts to make a home in Bombay after more than twenty years being abroad.
Narcopolis (Yeet Thayil)
The book Nacropolis is a rich and hallucinatory novel which is set around Bombay opium area, it charts the evolution of a great and broken metropolis through three decades. It is a book about drugs, sex, death, perversion, addiction, love and God. It is brilliant portrait of beautiful and damned generation in a nation about to sell its soul.
They say that in Old Bombay you introduce only your worst enemy to opium. In Rushid`s opium room on Shuklaji Street, the air is thick with voices and ghosts. A young woman holds a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, men sprawl and mutter in the gloom. And there is an underworld whisper of terror; the Pathar Maar, the stone killer, whose victims are the nameless and invisible poor people.
Family Matters (Rohinton Mistry)
Rohinton Mistry`s book Family Matters is a brilliant novel which is a domestic drama and intently observed portrait of every-day life in Bombay with all its vitality and corruption.
Nariman Vakeel is a seventy-nine-year-old Parsi widower, he suffers from Parkinson`s disease. One day he breaks his ankle and since then he finds himself totally dependent from his family. He is forced to take up residence with his own daughter Roxana, her husband Yezad and their two young sons. All of them now are forced to share a small crowded home.
Yezad is already besieged by financial worries and now he has a new hard responsibility, all these things pushes him into a scheme of deception. In a series of events their family relations came under test, not only of their material resources but in surprising ways also of all their tolerance, compassion, integrity and faith.
A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
The book A Fine Balance is magnificent novel filled with compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recalls masters from Balzac to Dickens. It captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.
It is set in middle-1970s India in the unnamed place near the sea. After the government declares the `State of emergency` four strangers, four unlikely characters meet and came together; a spirited widow, a young student who was uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the cast violence of their native village.
They are thrust together, forced to share one apartment and an uncertain future.
The Room on the Roof (Ruskin Bond)
The Room on the Roof is a timeless coming-of-age novel which will attract a whole new generation of readers. It is written by the author Ruskin Bond when he was just seventeen years old.
It is about Rusty, an Anglo-Indian teenage boy who is orphaned and has to live with his English guardian in the stifling European quarter of Dehra Dun. He is very unhappy because of strict ways of his guardian.
After some time, Rusty ran away from home to live with his Indian friends in the dream-bright world of the bazaar, Hindu festivals and all other ways of Indian life. Rusty finds himself enthralled and he is lost forever for the habits of the claustrophobic European community.
Train to Pakistan (Khushwant Singh)
In the summer of 1947, when the creation of the state of Pakistan was officially announced, ten million people – Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs – were in fight. By the time monsoon broke, almost million of them were dead and all of northern India was in arms, in terror or hiding.
The only remaining oases of peace were some little villages in the remote reaches of the frontier. As Khushwant Singh tells us at the beginning of a novel, one such village is Mano Majra. It is a place where Sikh and Muslims have lived together in peace for hundreds of years. Then one day at the end of the summer, the `ghost train` arrives, this was a funeral train, loaded with bodies of thousands of refugees. It brings to the village its first taste of horrors of the civil war.
Train to Pakistan is a story about this isolated village that is plunged into the abbys of religious hate. It is also a story of a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl whose love survives instead of religion diferences and ravages of war.