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Finest Indian English Novels

Growing ranks of Indians read Indian English novels…

‘Brunch’ magazine, published by ‘Hindustan Times’ newspaper every Sunday, nominated a jury in 2014 to select the greatest Indian novels ever written in English or translated from Indian languages into English. The 54 novels selected by the jury are listed below in Resources. These are gems of Indian writing.

It is heartening to note that Indian novels have not only received critical acclaim but also are gained popularity with many of them making it to the best-sellers list. The future of Indian English literature is assured in view of the surge of English speaking population in India.

The eminent members of the jury…

The distinguished jury consisted of: Amitava Kumar, Author. Chiki Sarkar, Publisher. David Davidar, Publisher. Harish Trivedi, Professor. Jeet Thayil, Novelist. Jerry Pinto, Author. Ravi Singh, Publisher and Sunil Sethi, Journalist.




A Fine Balance (1995)

by Rohinton Mistry

All About H.Hatterr (1948)

G V Desani

An Obedient Father (2000)

by Akhil Sharma

Anandamath (1882, Translated in 1992)

by Bankim Chandra Chatterji, Translated from Bengali by Basanta Kumar Roy

Baumgartner's Bombay (1988). Fire on the Mountain (1977). In Custody (1984)

by Anita Desai

Coolie (1936)

by Mulk Raj Anand

Cuckold (1997). Ravan & Eddie (1994)

by Kiran Nagarkar

Cutting for Stone (2009)

by Abraham Verghese

Difficult Daughters (1998)

by Manju Kapur

Em and the Big Hoom (2012)

by Jerry Pinto

English, August (1988). Weight Loss (2006)

by Upamanyu Chatterjee

Godan (1936. Translated 1968). Playground (1924. Translated 2011)

by Munshi Premchand. Translated by Gordon C Roadrmel and Manju Jain respectively)

Indulekha (1989. Translated from Malayalam in 2005)

by Chandumenon. Translated by Anitha Devasia

Kadambari (7th Century AD, Translated in 2010)

by Banabhatta, Translated from Sanskrit by Padmini Rajappa

Kanthapura (1938). The Serpent and the Rope (1960)

by Raja Rao

Midnight's Children (1980)

by Salman Rushdie

Nectar in a Sieve (1954)

by Kamala Markandaya

Paro: Dreams of Passion (1984)

by Namita Gokhale

Raag Darbari (1968. Translated in 1991)

by Shrilal Shukla. Translated by Gillian Wright

River of Fire (1999)

by Qurratulain Hyder

Sacred Games (2006)

by Vikram Chandra

Samskara (1965. Translated from Kannada 1976)

by U R Ananthamurthy. Translated by A K Ramanujan

The Death of Vishnu (2001)

by Manil Suri

The Enigma of Arrival (1987)

by V S Naipaul

The Fig Tree (1959)

by Aubrey Menen

The Financial Expert (1952). The Guide (1958). The English Teacher (1945)

by R K Narayan

The God of Small Things (1997)

by Arundhati Roy

The Golden Gate (1988). A Suitable Boy (1995)

by Vikram Seth

The Great Indian Novel (1989)

by Shashi Tharoor

The Hungry Tide (2005). The Shadow Lines (1988)

by Amitav Ghosh

The Immortals (2009)

by Amit Chaudhuri

The Inheritance of Loss (2006)

by Kiran Desai

The Legends of Khasak (1994)

by O V Vijayan

The Mahabharata (Betweeb 8th to 4th Century BC. Retold in 1958)

Retold by C Rajagopalachari

The Room on the Roof (1956)

by Ruskin Bond

The Trotter-Nama: A Chronicle (1988)

by Irwin Allan Sealy

The White Tiger (2008)

by Aravind Adiga

This is Not That Dawn (1958-60, Translated in 2010)

by Yashpal. Translated by Anand

Train to Pakistan (1956). Delhi (1990)

by Kushwant Singh

Trying to Grow (1991)

by Firdaus Kanga

Twilight in Delhi (1940)

by Ahmed Ali

Umrao Jan Ada (1893. Translated in 1970)

by Mirza Hadi Ruswa, Translated from Urdu by Kushwant Singh & M A Husaini