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Friday, November 30, 2018
10 Best Indian Books Of 2019
Get your reading journey started with this assortment of Best Indian Books of 2019. we’ve got rounded up a listing of best Indian books by authors of India that have greatly influenced the course of the country’s literature.
These are the best Indian books of 2019:
1. ‘ The scent of God ‘ by Saikat Majumdar
From the 2015 Man Booker Prize shortlisted author ofThe Fishermen—also adapted for the stage—comes this sophomore novel: one part true story, and another, a contemporary twist on Homer’sOdyssey. The author, hailed by the New York Times Book Review as verity heir to Chinua Achebe,“ weaves a heart-wrenching epic regarding the stress between destiny and determination”, and also the novel is written in the “mythic variety of the Igbo literary tradition”
2. ‘ The Forest of Enchantments ‘ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
In her return to fiction, the prolific Indian-American author, poet, and professor revisits theRamayanafrom the perspective of Sita. A welcome Indian addition to the recent publishing trend where female authors (including Kamila Shamsie and Madeline Miller) have rewritten Greek myths, here, Sita is centered as a character a wife, daughter, mother alongside other women who were previously on the peripheries of the epic.
3. ‘ We are Displaced’ by Malala Yousafzai
The Nobel Peace Prize-winner and bestselling author ofI Am Malala, follows up her memoir with another book of “part memoir, part communal storytelling”. She reveals the human faces behind the statistics and headlines, documents her experiences visiting exile camps around the world, and meditates on her own displacement, readjustment, and yearning for a home. This guarantees to be a moving, telling account.
4. ‘ The lies we Tell ‘ by Himanjali Sankar
This YA novel, by the writer shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award twice forThe Stupendous Timetelling SuperdogandTalking of Muskaan, focuses on mental illness and teen relationships. Dark and disturbing, it is an upsetting but necessary and urgent reflection on what happens across schools now.
5. ‘ The Fate of Butterflies ‘ by Nayantara Sahgal
The new novel by the writer, journalist, and activist—who returned her Sahitya Akademi Award in 2015 in protest—speaks to the contemporary moment in India: a telling comment on what may happen when a country’s rulers attempt to wipe out sections of its history and marginalize a community.
6. ‘ A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There ‘ by Krishna Sobti
A “powerful, majestic feminist novel of the aftermath of the Partition” from the canonical Hindi writer,A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There opens in 1947 Delhi—a city overflowing with refugees. While young Krishna attempts to make a home for herself in the princely state of Sirohi, the opportunity to become a governess to the child Maharaja Tej Singh Bahadur presents itself. “How long will this idyll last?” the story asks.
7. ‘ Small Days & Nights ‘ by Tishani Doshi
Doshi’s last work, the poetry collectionGirls Are Coming Out of the Woods, was much loved by readers in India and elsewhere. The author returns to fiction with the story of “the ties we bind and the secrets we bury” and a woman “caught in a moment of transformation”—set on the coast of Madras. The novel promises to be “luminous, funny, surprising and heartbreaking” all at once.
8. ‘ This Land is our Land ‘ by Suketu Mehta
The author of the acclaimed Maximum city, Suketu Mehta’s new work is a new example. the book is centered on contemporary conversations around borders and the worldwide anti-immigrant backlash and informed by his own experience emigrating from India to Britain and America.
9. ‘ My Seditious Heart ‘ by Arundhati Roy
Two decades. 20,000 pages. These collected non-fiction works span the writing space between Roy’s Booker-winner and her latest novel. In conversation with the themes and settings of both her novels, these essays form a “near-unbroken memoir” of her journey as “both a writer and a citizen, of both India and the world, from ‘The End of Imagination’, which begins this book, to ‘Azadi’, with which it ends”. A sure-shot classic and a collectible.
10. ‘ The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters ‘ by Balli Kaur Jaswal
From the author of the much-lovedErotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, chosen for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club, comes this “delightful, moving and life-affirming” new novel about three sisters who have been instructed by their dying mother to visit the Golden Temple and carry out her last rites. This is your literary dose of laughter. the best Indian books of 2019.