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Indian authors: Know your India better with these wordsmiths

Here are a few Indian authors one must read to understand the real joy of literature and creativity

Indian authors: Know your India better with these wordsmiths

Reading is the most pocket-friendly way of exploring new places. It opens the eye to new knowledge, emotions and imagination. Recently, author's day was celebrated on November 1. Over centuries, India has been home to wonderful authors and masterful pieces of literature.

Here are a few Indian authors one must read to understand the real joy of literature and creativity.

Amitav Ghosh

Credits: Britannica


Amitav Ghosh born in Kolkata on 11th July in 1956, is known for his best work in English fiction. He has been awarded two-lifetime achievement awards. His novels consist of complex narrative strategies to probe human nature, particularly of the people from India and South Asia. He also received the Padma Shri award in 20007. He also won the 54th Jnanpith award. 'The Shadow Lines', 'The Hungry Tide', and 'Gun Island' are some of his best books you must try.

Khushwant Singh

Credits: National Herald


This author was born on 2 February 1915 during the time of colonial rule. He penned down his experience of the heartwrenching event of partition in the well-known novel 'Train to Pakistan' in 1956. This novel was turned into a film in 1998. He started his career as a lawyer and later on, he became editor of an important journal. Some of his amazing novels are the 'Company of Women' in 1999, 'The Good the Bad and the Ridiculous in 2013', 'Truth Love and a Little Malice' in 2002. He won the second-highest civilian award of India 'Padma Vibhushan' in 2007.

Ruskin Bond

Credits: TIE


He was born on 19 May 1934. Ruskin Bond started his career as a freelance writer and gradually started working as an editor for various magazines. His best novel 'The Blue Umbrella' received love from a worldwide audience. Also, his first novel 'The room on the roof' received the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1957.

Amrita Pritam

Credits: DailyHawker


Amrita Pritam was born on 31st August 1919 in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Her courageous writing on controversial topics became an inspiration for generations to use literature as a sword. Amrita Pritam started writing at a very early age which eventually led her to become a novelist and a poet later in her life. She suffered immense despair during the partition of India which inspired her to write a Punjabi novel 'pinjar' (skeleton) describing the helplessness of women during that time. Later on, the movie was turned into a movie that was hit throughout the country. Amrita Pritam died in 2005 on 31st October.

Manav Kaul

Credits: Wikipedia

Manav Kaul born on 19 December in 1976 is one of those authors who are most loved by today's generation. He is also a theatre director, playwright, actor and filmmaker. Before becoming an author and starting his theatre, he was a national level swimmer with many championships to his name. He was also nominated for the Filmfare Award for best supporting actor in the film Tumhari Sulu. Some of his outstanding books are 'Bahut  Door, Kitna door Hota hai', 'Tumahre bare main, 'Prem Kabutar' and many more.

As Cicero said, "A room without books is like a body without a soul." So try out books of these amazing authors from India and treat yourself with beautiful stories.