Indeed, books are our best friends. It doesn’t matter how or what book we read. But the question here is, if the book we are reading is keeping us engaged. Is it interesting? Or we are reading it on someone’s recommendation? There are many reasons we switch to reading books. But many a times we pick the wrong books. With which we are not able to engage ourselves. Our mind goes towards buying famous books by English men, we forget our authors. Let’s give them a chance, because there are a lot of talented writers in our India.
People are optimistic when they hear about reading something. Something that is originated in their boundaries. They may be ignoring the fact. Real connectivity with the words can be found in Indian books, as well. If we give them a chance. What about those award winning Indian books? Are they not interesting? It is like we are not willing to read something which is more based on our culture and heritage history. This is because we underestimate the power of our writers’ work. Let’s not waste another moment thinking of what book to read. Instead, read further to know about some interesting books you must read from India.
Must buy books-:
A suitable boy
This incredible creation by Vikram Seth, beautifully describes the era of Hindu-Muslim conflict in the late century. This book is based on how a woman finds “A suitable boy”. As a groom for her Indian daughter in post-independence period. The struggle of a lady back then for finding a perfect groom for her daughter. This book portrays it clearly. The book speaks upon the issues of post partition conflicts and the difficulties faced. Faced by Indian household during the time of partition. The description of caste system, class conflict and discrimination based on various Hindu cultures are comprehensively described. Published in 1993, this book holds the title of the longest book published in a single volume. This fiction romance novel won the WH Smith Literacy Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s prize in 1950s.
The God of Small Things.
The books written by Arundhati Roy sheds light on the Issues of caste system. Issues of a family in Kerala in the 1960s. The story revolves around this family residing in Kerala and has two fraternal twins born. Their parents and their family members become highly famed writers in the future. This story encounters strange state communism and fight against its need in the situation that comes to it. This psychological fiction won the Booker Prize in 1997. Caste, religion and culture tension among the masses. The story takes a turn on a forbidden love angle in between. Fighting with social discrimination, betrayal and misogyny, the family members go through a lot.
When crime plays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics.
This book by Milan Vishnav is a reality based architecture. The cruel and harsh reality of Indian politics is clear. This crime oriented book displays co-existence of crime and democratic processes on Indian economy. The relationship between world’s largest economy and the political science raises multiple questions in young minds. Why do voters elect and re-elect the same members who shouldn’t be in higher authorities? Why this system of elections in India is corrupting day by day? This book answers all these questions. It won New Indian Foundation Prize in 2018, at Bangalore Literature Festival. Revolving around the criminal aspect of political behavior, this novel defines a different meaning of politics in Indian culture.
Half a life
This beautiful creation by V.S Naipaul contains admirable content for its readers. The book describes the story of Willie, an Indian boy. Who grew up in its typical Indian household in the late 1950s. He decides to travel to London for his further studies. There he lives a different life by mimicking himself to being a different person as he was in his homeland. The book significantly brings up the emotional side of Willie’s character. The reason he decides to entirely change his personality in London. How different and challenging life could be for an Indian boy in foreign land is described in this book. This novel won the Man Booker Prize in 2001.
The Palace Of Illusions
This novel written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni takes us back to the Hindu mythology drama “The Mahabharat”. The book uses perspective of Draupadi. A powerful female character from Mahabharat. This story is a single person perspective about the story of Mahabharat. The writer gives “Panchaali”, a lead role in his version of this epic Hindu mythology. The era of culture, respect, worship towards goodness, rise of conflicts between brothers. How Lord Krishna eventually planned to make the world understand a lesson on humanity is described beautifully in this novel. Often we forget people’s perspective on a particular novel. We are bound to hear and understand the point of view of its writer. But this novel descriptively explains how Draupadi felt at every point during the epic season of Mahabharat. This novel of 2008 written by an award winning novelist.
This novel origins from the lanes of old Delhi, India. The story here is revolving around a boy named Deven. In his family, teaching was the main source of income. He used Hindi literature as a medium of income as he was extremely talented in it. Urdu poetry enlightened his poetic abilities. This novel creatively forces the importance of literature in the life of Deven. However, Deven was famous by Urdu literature. His outgrown interest in various other aspects made this novel more interesting than it seemed. Written by Anita Desai, it won the Booker Prize in 1984.