9 Indian Authors of Millenia to Satisfy Your Book Lust

If one can distinctly remember, there were two definite events that turned our video games bound generation towards reading. The first one was in 1997 when J.K.Rowling’s “Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone” was launched, and immediately all the parents were grateful that their kids left digital toys to delve into this magical journey with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

The second, at least for us Indian adolescents happened, when Chetan Bhagat, an IIT-IIM alumni, and an ex-banker launched his semi-autobiographical first book “Five Point Someone”. Now I am no fan of Bhagat.

Neither his books nor his style of writing inspires me. But one thing that I admire about this banker-turned-lawyer was that he gave many of our generation the confidence to give up their respective lucrative careers, and bring out their creative panache’s.

“BOOKS FALL OPEN, YOU FALL IN.” – DAVID MCCORD

Some of these were good, some were downright bad, and some were hyped. But there were some, who managed to rise above all and give us some truly interesting pieces of writing.

This post is dedicated to all the readers who thought that literature in today’s India had taken a downward dip. Take a look at Indian authors who have captivated us with their bewitching words.

Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik
Devdutt Pattanaik

If you have an interest in Hindu mythology, you must read his books, especially the bestseller Jaya. Thoroughly researched and masterfully put together, Pattanaik’s is the one you should pick if mythology is the genre you prefer.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

An Indian-American author, she is best known for Palace of Illusions, her part fiction-part fact take on The Mahabharata, from the view point of Draupadi, the main female protagonist.

Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi
Amish Tripathi

If you have not read The Shiva Trilogy by this brilliant IIM alumni, you sure are missing on something, His USP? He takes the same characters, in the same relation to each other, but weaves them in a completely human story. The first part of his Ram Chandra Trilogy is already out and on our list of must-reads.

Novoneel Chakraborty

Novoneel Chakraborty
Novoneel Chakraborty

Racy mysteries with a heart-filling love story at its core are what describes his stories best. Never sugar-coated, yet the feelings passionate, and the endings truly haunting, Novoneel is the author to pick if you want mysteries that pique your mind.

Anuja Chauhan

Anuja Chauhan
Anuja Chauhan

Meet the Sophie Kinsella of India! Anuja Chauhan is the one behind catchy Pepsi, Coca-Cola tag lines of Mera Number Kab Aayega, and Oye Bubbly.

She is also the one behind the most used “and abused” Kurkure catchphrase “Tedha Hai Par Mera Hai”, and even the “Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai” for Dew.

Catch her funky books, and your combined lust for humor and romance will be left satiated. Not to mention her drool-worthy book heroes.

Ashwin Sanghi

Ashwin Sanghi
Ashwin Sanghi

After meeting the Sophie Kinsella of India, it is time for the Indian Dan Brown. Yes, he truly justifies the tag, and even surpasses it.

His stories are an intelligent and racy back and forth journey into the mythological past and the scientific present, with a thrilling mystery woven to keep us all hooked.

Vikas Swarup

Vikas Swarup
Vikas Swarup

Forget Slumdog Millionaire. The movie is nowhere close to the book that it was based on; Q & A by Vikas Swarup. His words have the potential to bind the readers, for hours.

Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan
Anand Neelakantan

Ever wondered what would have been Mahabharata from Kauravas’ point of view? Or even Ramayan from the point of view of Raavan? We have this brilliant author who is putting together epics, only from the view of most hated antagonists.

History has many faces, and words have the power to alter those, you will get to know.

Kishwar Desai

Kishwar Desai
Kishwar Desai

Desai’s books have social malpractices and injustices woven against a fictional backdrop. Horrifying, yes, but interesting enough with pinches of mystery, and hard-hitting enough to make you think.

She is also the author of biographical work Darlingji, which is the love story of Late Sunil Dutt and Late Nargis Dutt.

So, book lovers, if you thought that India has lost intellectual authors in the current generation, here’s our list. Take your pick and curl up this weekend with your favorite one.

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