13 Best Fiction Books by Indian Authors in 2020

Indians love reading fiction books written by Indian writers, because they correspond to Indian context, they are familiar with religion, lifestyle, people, culture and habit in India. This is a list of best fiction books by Indian authors including best selling and prize winning titles ever written. They are the most popular and famous ones in India and the world.

The top fiction novels in English includes old and new titles, they are evergreen and of all time. Scroll down the page to view all the books here for 2020. Read the short description and review under each book. Click on a favourite title link to view more details and hundreds of reviews on Amazon.

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fiction books by indian authors

1. God of Small Things

by Arundhati Roy

Booker Prize winner ‘God of Small Things’ is a story about two children, Esthappen and Rahel. This was Arundhati Roy’s debut novel, in which she throws light on certain facets of life in Kerala, highlighting issues of caste system, Keralite Syrian Christian lifestyle and communism.

“This is one of the most heart wrenching and brutally honest book I have ever read.. the way she goes under the skin of her characters is unmatchable… This book takes a little piece of you when you finish reading it.”

The White Tiger: Booker Prize Winner 2008

2. The White Tiger

by Aravind Adiga

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008 Meet Balram Halwai, the ‘white tiger’: servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer… Born in a village in the dark heart of India, the son of a rickshaw puller, Balram is taken out of school and put to work in a teashop. As he crushes coal and wipes tables, he nurses a dream of escape. His big chance comes when a rich landlord hires him as a chauffeur for his son, daughter-in-law, and their two Pomeranian dogs…..

“This is a must read book for young generation of India which is trapped by the politicians and religious leaders.”

A Suitable Boy: 20th Anniversary Edition

3. A Suitable Boy: 20th Anniversary Edition

by Vikram Seth

The book covers an engaging story that is set in the post-independence India. The story unfolds through four middle class families—Mehras, Kapoors, Khans and Chatterjis. It also describes India’s caste system that has four main classes, which are further based originally on personality, profession and birth.

– “Probably the best English language book written by an Indian writer. Cannot praise it enough. To be read and re-read.”

The Palace of Illusions: 10th Anniversary Edition

4. The Palace of Illusions: 10th Anniversary Edition

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

First published in 2008, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions has received wide acclaim for giving a woman’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata. Narrated by Panchaali, wife of the five Pandava brothers, the novel traces her life from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy.

– “If you want to see Mahabharata from a different perspective then this is what you should read. Very nicely written.”

Train to Pakistan

5. Train to Pakistan

by Khushwant Singh

The partition of India was one of the most dreadful times in the recent Indian history. Since 1950s, it has time and again been depicted in various media. However, while most of those focussed mainly on the socio-political causes and effects, the Train to Pakistan is a novel which has captured the essential human trauma and suffering in the face of such a terror and crisis.

“It is a classic narrating the atrocities and genocide committed on the partition of India in 1947 when innocent citizens became the victims in the crossfire.”

The Inheritance of Loss

6. The Inheritance of Loss

by Kiran Desai

In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another.

– “A book that stays with you for a long time, letting thoughts linger in your mind and making you wonder about topics that never crossed your mind before!”

A Fine Balance: The epic modern classic

7. A Fine Balance

by Rohinton Mistry

‘A towering masterpiece by a writer of genius.’ Independent ‘A masterpiece of illumination and grace. Like all great fiction, it transforms our understanding of life.’ Guardian India, 1975. An unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency. Amidst a backdrop of wild political turmoil, the lives of four unlikely strangers collide forever. An epic panorama of modern India in all its corruption, violence, and heroism, A Fine Balance is Rohinton Mistry’s prize-winning masterpiece….

“Poignant, heart-rending, evocative tale which balances hope and despair like no book ever has or does. Will take quite a while to recover from this!”

Malgudi Days

8. Malgudi Days

by R. K. Narayan

The book Malgudi Days is a collection of short stories written by R.K. Narayan and published by Indian Thought Publications in India in the year 1943. Outside India the book was republished by Penguin Classics in 1982. Malgudi days is a collection of 32 fictional stories set in a small beautiful town called Malgudi in South India.

– “Enriching tales from a masterful storyteller.”

Midnight's Children

9. Midnight’s Children

by Salman Rushdie

‘Midnight’s Children’ by the renowned author Sulman Rushdie is an epic novel that opens up with a child being born at midnight on 15th August, 1947, just at a time when India is achieving Independence from centuries of foreign British colonial rule.

– “Book’s a masterpiece, nothing’s enough to say about that!”

Sea of Poppies

10. Sea of Poppies

by Amitav Ghosh

A motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts is sailing down the Hooghly aboard the Ibis on its way to Mauritius. As they journey across the Indian Ocean old family ties are washed away and they begin to view themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship brothers who will build new lives for themselves in the remote islands where they are being taken.

– “Great read, Brilliantly written – couldn’t put it down from page 1. Great insights on that moment in history. Mauritius now means so much more”

The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy)

11. The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy)

by Amish

1900 BC. In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilisation. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha – a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived.

– “Amazing depiction by the author. I literally had tears in my eyes after seeing the misery of the poor old man in ayodhya in ramjanmbhoomi temple”

One Indian Girl

12. One Indian Girl

by Chetan Bhagat

Hi, I’m Radhika Mehta and I’m getting married this week. I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you. You may not like me too much. One, I make a lot of money. Two, I have an opinion on everything. Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two. Now if all this was the case with a guy, one might be cool with it. But since I am a girl these three things I mentioned don’t really make me too likeable, do they?

“Good book to read about women’s rights, thought and value, definitely recommend to read this book. Nice one definitely, good story”

The Great Indian Novel

13. The Great Indian Novel

by Shashi Tharoor

In Shashi Tharoor’s satirical masterpiece, the story of the Mahabharata is retold as recent Indian history, and renowned political personalities begin to resemble characters from the Mahabharata—all of whom have a curious and ambiguous relationship with Draupadi Mokrasi (D. Mokrasi for short) . . .

– “An Excellent, Witty and charming sweep over the political landscape! A must for the connoisseurs of the word craft!”

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