Top 10 Famous Indian Authors You Must Read

Posted by Tejas Maheta | December 23, 2018 Comments: 0
When it comes to literature, Indian authors have a huge contribution in the field. From the beginning of time, Indians have taken great interest in the making of art and literature. Be it poetry, short stories or novels of whatever genre– what have Indians not written about?

The following article will take you through a list of top Indian authors of all times who you cannot afford to miss out on if you're a bookworm. Here we go.



1.Rabindranath Tagore


One cannot not talk about Rabindranath Tagore and his world famous Geetanjali, that won him the Nobel. This book has been a hot topic of discussion since time immemorial. His poems mainly dealt with the beauty of nature, romance, and their hidden ironies.

His notable works include– the Indian national anthem Jana Gana Mana, Gora, Ghare-Baire which has also been adapted into a movie. The very famous and favorite of all times Kabuliwalah and many more. Tagore has been one of the most sensitive, modern and influential writers and poets of his time.

2.Khushwant Singh



A lot of the work of this famous Indian author was inspired by the partition of 1947. One of the most famous of those is Singh's Train to Pakistan.

His other famous works include I shall not hear the Nightingale which was written at the peak of India's freedom movement. A Bride for the Sahib and other stories is one of his important post-colonial writing.

3. Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay



Sarat Chandra has been very well known and a favorite among teenagers because of his short stories. This Bengali novelist had a contemporary style of writing that brought out the struggle and tragedy of the people of Bengal during his times.

He is a renowned author of the times of the Indian National Movement.

His works have been unparallely sensitive and simple in language– this has won him innumerable readers. He continues to be one of the most read authors of all times. Some of his important works are– Srikanta, Devdas, Griha Daha, and many others.

4. Ruskin Bond


This India author of British origin has had a remarkable contribution to children's literature. He is a decorated author and has also contributed to the Indian film industry.

His works are mostly influenced by hills and his life there. The room on the roof, his first novel is also one of the most famous. Bond has also brought up the socio-political and cultural changes in India post-independence through his works.

You can't miss out on the works of this famous author. Young or old, you're bound to fall in love with the words of Bond.

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5. Jhumpa Lahiri


Nilanjana Sudeshna Mahiti, an American author of Indian descsndance writes by the pen name of Jhumpa Lahiri. She is known mostly for her English short stories and essays.

Her works have been mostly influenced by the Indo-American immigrants' lifestyle and experiences. Her famous works include The Namesake which was later adapted to a movie. This author has made a remarkable contribution to literature also by translating works of other authors into English. You can get the taste of the richness of modern literature in the essays of Lahiri.

6. Vikram Seth


Vikram Seth has made an unforgettable contribution to the history of Indian literature, especially poetry. The Golden Gate has been one of Seth's most remarkable works. He has been awarded the Sahitya Academy Award and many others for his unparalleled works.

This author will surely leave you spellbound with his incredible strength in the way he magically binds words. A suitable boy and An Equal Music are among his other notable works of literature. Don't miss him out on your literature gulping spree.

7. Arundhati Roy


The author of The God of Small Things, Roy is an Indian author and has had a great role in the development of modern Indian literature. She has written several screenplays which have been very successful on screen and have been awarded as well.

Her second novel The ministry of utmost happiness has also been a great hit. It was awarded the Man Booker prize, 2017. Roy's work is sure to give you a look into the deeper essence of literature. One does not have any other options than to love her work.

8.R. K. Narayan


Malgudi Days– who doesn't know about this collection of short stories? Most of Narayan's works are set in the fictional town of southern India, called Malgudi days.

His works focus on the ways of living of common people and the intricacies of the society. The simplicity in his words with a much of humor is what leaves the reader glued. R. K. Narayan will surely take you on a bittersweet ride where you'd be able to relate to the characters of the story to your close surroundings. Nobody probably could make characters as real and lively as this author.

9. Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie, an Indo-British author has his works mostly based on travel stories and historical criticism. These are set in India and deal with the east to west transition and immigration. His most famous works include Midnight's Children, which won him the Booker Prize.

His other famous works include– Grimus, The Satanic Verses and much more. This Indian author is sure to give to the taste of traveling to various places in the Indian subcontinent without having the need for you to actually do it.

10. Chetan Bhagat


Not to forget Chetan Bhagat– this Indian author has captured the market in the current decade with his simple and easy to convey language. His novels are mostly based on romance and depict the socio-cultural conditions among the urban middle class of the country. Bhagat has developed his reader base among the teenagers who are attracted to his works because of the language.

His language is simple and does not require any added efforts in the understanding. Some of the famous works of Chetan Bhagat include– Five Point Someone, Revolution 2020, One Indian Girl,The half girlfriend  and others.

With this list, we hope that you'd be able to get your hands on some of the best works of literature in the country. Happy reading!

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