"Best" English-language fiction by Indian authors?
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In the interest of getting things started, I'll post the single list I found. It's from a blog and, while it is undoubtedly subject to disagreement, at least it's a place to begin:
1. Vikram Chandra: Love and Longing in Bombay
2. Aubrey Menen: The Fig Tree
3. Rohinton Mistry: Tales from Firozhsha Baug
4. Jhumpa Lahiri: The Interpreter of Maladies
5. Hari Kunzru: The Impressionist
6. G V Desani: All About H Hatterr
7. Vikram Seth: The Golden Gate
8. Salman Rushdie: Midnight’s Children
9. R K Narayan: Swami and Friends
10. Mulk Raj Anand: Coolie
11. Kamala Markandaya: Nectar in a Sieve
12. Anita Desai: Baumgartner’s Bombay
13. Amitav Ghosh: The Shadow Lines
14. I Allan Sealy: The Trotternama
15. Shashi Tharoor: The Great Indian Novel
16. Githa Hariharan: When Dreams Travel
17. Kiran Nagarkar: Raavan & Eddie
18. Shashi Deshpande: That Long Silence
19. Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things
20. Raja Rao: Kanthapura
21. Khushwant Singh: Delhi
22. Nisha Da Cunha: Old Cypress
23. Ruskin Bond: The Room on the Roof
24. Gita Mehta: The River Sutra
25. Indi Rana: The Devil in the Dustbin
Then Shashi Tharoor is another good author...
Have quite many books (penned by Indian author's) in my collection & am in process of uploading the same.
I couldn't bare The Great Indian Novel. The biggest load of nonsense masquearading as literature I've ever come across.
I haven't heard of Vikram Chandra. I assume it's not the NDTV anchor. I'll take a look at his work.
I also agree that Vikram Seth's a suitable boy is a masterpiece but Gita Mehta's A River Sutra is one of my all time favourite books. I think I have read it four times.
Anyway, despite being based in San Fransisco (if I remember well), The Mistress of Spices definitely has a taste of India!
The Palace of Illusions, being based on one of the Mahabaratah (I do not guarantee the spelling!), is clearly grounded in the Indian culture and is worth reading!
A fine balance, by Rohinton Mistry, is the first indian book I have ever read, and is still one of my favourites!
BTW, links to books and authors in forum posts on LibraryThing (called "Touchstones") are made by using square brackets, single for titles, double for authors. So for example the links above are typed in as [Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT] by [[Chetan Bhagat]].