Indian Writers

Those of you who enjoy my writing may enjoy reading other writers from the Asian subcontinent. Murali Damodaran has compiled this list for your pleasure. Reprinted by permission.


Murali Damodaran
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I. INDIAN WRITERS WRITING IN ENGLISH
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(1.) R.K.NARAYAN, Male (1906-....) 
     Born in Madras, India
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    Fiction
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    1.  Swami and Friends
    2.  The Bachelor of Arts
    3.  The English Teacher 
        (previously titled as "Grateful to Life and Death" and
         the one which got the West to recognise R.K.Narayan)
    4.  The Dark Room
    5.  Mr. Sampath - The Printer of Malgudi
    6.  The Financial Expert
    7.  Waiting for the Mahatma
    8.  The Guide (Made into a movie by Dev Anand;
                   Script by Pearl S. Buck)
    9.  The Man-Eater of Malgudi
   10.  The Vendor of Sweets
   11.  The Painter of Signs
   12.  A Tiger for Malgudi
   13.  Talkative Man
   14.  The World of Nagaraj
   15.  Grandmother's Tales


   Non-Fictional Writings
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   1. My Days (Autobiography of R.K. Narayan, Useful to understand the
                writer, his thinking and his literary works)
   2. My Dateless Diary (R.K's US Travel Memoir)
   3. A Writer's Nightmare (Random Thoughts)
   4. The Emerald Route (Travel memoir)
   5. Next Sunday

   Short Stories Collection
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   1.  A Horse and Two Goats
   2.  Lawley Road
   3.  Malgudi Days
   4.  Reluctant Guru
   5.  Under the Banyan Tree
   6.  An Astrologer's Day and Other Short Stories

   Hindu Mythology/Story Telling
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   1. Gods, Demons and Others
   2. The Ramayana
   3. The Mahabarata 

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(2.)  BHARATHI MUKHERJEE, Female, (1942-....) 
      Born in Calcutta,India
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   Fiction
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   1. The Tiger's Daughter
   2. Wife
   3. Jasmine

   Collection of Short Stories
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   4. Darkness
   5. The Middleman and Other Stories

   Non-Fiction
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   6. Days and Nights in Calcutta 
   7. The Sorrow and the Terror

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(3.) ANITA DESAI, Female, (1938-....) 
     Born in Calcutta,India
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   1.  Cry the Peacock
   2.  In Custody
   3.  Fire on the Mountain
   4.  Where Shall We Go This Summer
   5.  Voices in the City
   6.  Bye, Bye Blackbird
   7.  A Village By the Sea


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(4.)  KAMALA MARKANDAYA, Female, (1937-....) 
      Born in Madras, India.
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   1.  Nectar in a Sieve
   2.  Some Inner Fury
   3.  Possession
   4.  A Handful of Rice
   5.  A Silence of Desire

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(5.) RAJA RAO, Male, (1937-....) 
     Born India
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   1.  Kanthapura
   2.  The Serpent and the Rope
   3.  Comrade Kirillov
   4.  The Cat and Shakespeare
   5.  On the Ganga Ghat
   6.  The Chessmaster and His Moves

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(6.)  NAYANTRA SAGHAL, Female (1937-....)
      Born in Dehra Dun, India
      (Political Journalist, Nehru's niece)
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   1.  Rich Like Us
   2.  Storm in Chandigarh
   3.  Indira Gandhi:Her Road to Power

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(7.) STEPHEN ALTER, Male 
     American born in India
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   1. Neglected Lives
   2. Silk and Steel
   3. The God Child
   4. Renuka
   5. Great Indian Hunting Stories (Editor)
   6. Penguin Book of Modern Indian Short Stories (Editor)- (This
      book contains translated short stories of the following
      Indian writers: Premendra Mitra (Bengal,1904-1988,Male)
                      Amrita Pritam (Punjab, 1919-....,Female)
                      Gangadhar Gadgil (Maharashstra, 1923-....,Male)
                      U.R. Ananda Murthy (Karnataka, 1932-....,Male)
                      Gopinath Mohanty (Orissa, 1914-....,Male)
                      S. Mani "Mowni" (Madras,1907-1985,Male)
                      Chunilal Madia (Gujarat,1922-1969,Male)
                      P.S Rege (Maharashtra,1910-1981,Male)
                      Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai (Kerala,1914-....,Male)
                      Mahadevi Varma (1907-1987,Female)
                      O. V. Vijayan (Kerala, 1930-....,Male)
                      Bhisham Sahni (1915-....,Male)
                      Sunil Gangopadhaya(W.Bengal,Male)
                      Nirmal Verma(Simla,1929-....,Male)
                      Devanuri Mahadeva (Karnataka, 1949-...., Male)
                      (This book is in the UNESCO collection)

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(8.) SHASHI THAROOR, Male, (1956-....) 
     Born in India
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   1.  The Great Indian Novel
   2.  Reasons of State
   3.  Take Two

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(9.) KHUSHWANT SINGH, Male, (1915-....) 
     Born in Hadali, Punjab
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   1.  Train to Pakistan
   2.  History of Sikhs - 2 Volumes 
   3.  Delhi- a Novel
   4.  View of India
   5.  India - An Introduction 
   6.  I Shall Not Hear The Nightingale  

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(10.)  GOPAL BHARATHAM, Male, (1940-....) 
       Born in Singapore
       (A Neurosurgeon who writes during his spare time)
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   1. Love Letters
   2. People Make You Cry
   3. Sayang
   4. The Candle or The Sun

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(11.) MULK RAJ ANAND, Male, (1915-....) 
      Born in India
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   1. Coolie
   2. The Untouchable
   3. Two Leaves and a Bud
   4. Short Stories

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(12.) V. S. NAIPAUL, Male, (1941-....) 
      Born in Trinidad, West Indies
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   1. A House for Mr. Biswas
   2. An Area of Darkness
   3. India: A Wounded Civilisation
   4. India: A Million Mutinies
   5. Among the Believers : Islamic Journey
   6. Bend in the River
   7. Guerrillas
   8. A Turn in the South 

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(13.)  SHASHI DESPHPANDE, Female
       Born in Dharwal, India 
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   1. The Dark Holds No Terrors
   2. If I Die Today
   3. Come Up and Be Dead
   4. Roots and Shadows
   5. That Long Silence

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(14.) PICO IYER, Male, (1956-....)
      Born in India 
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     1.  Video Nights in Kathmandu
     2.  The Lady and the Monk

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(15.)  VIKRAM SETH, Male, (1952-....)
       Born in Calcutta, India 
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     1.  Golden Gate
     2.  From Heavenly Lake
     3.  The Humble Administrator's Garden
     4.  All You Who Sleep Tonight  

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(16.) AUBREY MENEN, Male, (1912-1989)
      Born in London of Indian and Irish parents
      Died in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
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    1.  The Prevalence of Witches
    2.  The Stumbling Stone
    3.  The Backward Bride
    4.  The Duke of Gallodoro
    5.  The Abode of Love
    6.  SheLa
    7.  A Conspiracy of Women
    8.  The Space Within the Heart (Non-Fiction)
    9.  Four Days of Naples
   10.  Rama Retold
   11.  The Fig Tree

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(17.) NIRAD C. CHAUDHURI (1915-....)
      Born in India 
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   1.  The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
   2.  A Continent in Circe
   3.  Scholar Extraordinary
   4.  To Live Or Not To Live
   5.  A Passage to England
   6.  Thy Hand, Great Anarch

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(18.)  BHABANI BHATTACHARYA
       Born in Calcutta India 
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   1.  So Many Hungers
   2.  Music For Mohini
   3.  He Who Rides a Tiger
   4.  Steel Hawk and Other Stories
   5.  Shadow From Ladakh
   6.  A Dream in Hawaii

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(19.)  ARUN JOSHI
       Born in India 
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   1.  The Last Labyrinth
   2.  The Apprentice
   3.  The Strange Case of Billy Biswas
   4.  The Foreigner

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(20.)  RUTH PRAWAR JHABWALA, Female, (1915-....)
       Born in Germany, Married to an Indian Architect
       lived in India from 1951 to 1975 and since
       then in Delhi, New York and London 
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    1.  Out of India
    2.  An Experience of India
    3.  Like Birds, Like Fishes
    5.  How I became a Holy Mother
    6.  A Stronger Climate
    7.  To Whom She Will
    8.  The Nature of Passion
    9.  Esmond of India
   10.  The Householder
   11.  Get Ready for Battle
   12.  A Backward Place
   13.  A New Dominion
   14.  Heat and Dust
   15.  In Search of Love and Beauty
   16.  Three Continents

   Scripts for TV and Movies in Collaboration with
   James Ivory and Ismail Merchant
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   17.  Shakespeare Wallah
   18.  Autobiography of a Princess
   19.  The Europeans
   20.  Quartet
   21.  Heat and Dust
   22.  The Bostonians
   23.  A Room With A View  

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(21.)  SALMAN RUSHDIE, Male, (1945-....)
       Born in Bombay, living in the UK since the mid-1960's
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   1.  Grimus
   2.  Midnight's Children
   3.  Shame
   4.  A Nicaraguan Journey
   5.  The Satanic Verses
   6.  Haroun and the Sea of Stories
   7.  Imaginary Homelands

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(22.) KAMALA DAS, Female (1930-
      Born in Malabar, Kerala, India
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   1.  My Story

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(23.) SHOBA DE, Female (1945-
      Born in Bombay, India
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   1.  Socialite Days
   2.  Starry Nights

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(24.) SHIV NAIPAUL, Male
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   1. Beyond the Dragon's Mouth
   2. Black and White
   3. Hot Country
   4. North of South : African Journey
   5. Unfinished Journey
 

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(25.) VED MEHTA, Male,
     Born in India 
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   1. Family Affair : India under Three Prime Ministers
   2. Ledge between the Streams
   3. Sound Shadows of the New World
   4. Stolen Light
   5. Vedi

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(26.) RUSKIN BOND 
     (Of British descent; lives in Mussourie for
      part of the year and Dehra Dun the rest)
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   1.  The Night Train at Deoli and other stories
 
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(27.) AMIT CHAUDRI
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   1. A Strange Sublime Address
 
 
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(28.) AMITAV GHOSH
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   1.  The Shadow Lines
 
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(29.) ROHINTON MISTRY, Male,
     Born in India in 1952, living in Canada since 1975
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   Fiction
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   1. Tales From Ferozsha Baag
   2. Such A Long Journey
 
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(30.) NIRMAL VERMA
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   1.  Crows of Deliverance

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(31.) BASANTI KARMARKAR
      Born in India and living
      in Singapore since 1920's
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   1. Love in the Throes of Tradition
   2. Love's Fearful Passage


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II. INDIAN AUTHORS WRITING IN INDIAN LANGUAGES
    AND WHOSE WORKS HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED TO ENGLISH
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A.  O.V. VIJAYAN, Male (1930-....)
    Born in Phalgat, Kerala
    (Malayalam - author translates his work)
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1.  After the Hanging and Other Stories
2.  The Saga of Dharmapuri

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B.  THAKAZHI SIVASANKARA PILLAI (1914-....)
    Born in Kerala, Male
    (Malayalam)
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1.  CHEMMEEN - Translated by Narayana Menon
    (Writing in Asia Series, UNESCO Collection)

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C: Other Translated works
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1. DEATH IN DELHI - Modern Hindi Short Stories
   Translated  by Gordon C. Roadarmel
   contains the works of the following writers:
   
   Amarkant (1925, Ballia District, UP, Male)
   Ramesh Bakshi (1936, Indore, Male)
   Gyanranjan (1936, Allahbad, UP,Male)
   Shekkhar Joshi (1934, Almora, Male)
   Kamleshwar (1932, Manipuri, UP, Male)
   Giriraj Kishore (1936, Muzaffarnagar, UP, Male)
   Ram Kumar (1924, Simla,Male)   
   Mohan Rakesh (1925, Amritsar, Punjab, Male)
   Phanishwarnath "Renu" (1921, Bihar)
   Awadh Narain Singh (1933,Male)
   Dudnath Singh (1936, Male)
   Krishna Baldev Vaid (Dunga, Punjab, Male)
   Shrikant Verma (1931, Bilaspur, MP, Male)
   Nirmal Verma (1926, Simla, Male)
   Rajendra Yadav (1929, Agra, UP, Male)

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2. OTHER NOVELS (WRITTEN IN INDIAN LANGUAGES )
   THAT HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH
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   a. Steps in Darkness - Krishna Baldev Vaid
   b. Lingering Shadows - Mohan Rakesh  
   c. Arjun - Sunil Gangopadhaya
   d. The Adventures of Feluda (4 Novellas) - Satayajit Ray
   e. The Devil's Wind- Nana Saheb's Story - Manohar Malgaonkar
   f. Tamas  - Bhisham Sahni
   g. Yakshi - Malaytoor Ramakrishnan (Translated by Prema Jayakumar)

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III. GENERAL WRITING FROM INDIAN WRITERS
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(1.)  JAWAHARLAL NEHRU, Male, (1889-1964)
      Born in India. (1st Prime Minister of India) 
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     1.  Glimpses of World History
     2.  The Discovery of India
     3.  An Autobiography

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(2.)  MAHATMA M. K. GANDHI, Male, (18..-1948)
      Born in India 
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     1.  An Autobiography or Experiments with the Truth
     2.  The Bhagavad Gita
     3.  Hindu Dharma
     4.  Non-Violence

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(3.)  M. J. AKBAR, Male
      Born in India 
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     1. Nehru: The Making of India
     2. The Siege Within

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(4.)  KULDEEP NAYAR, Male, ()
      Born in India 
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     1. Between The Lines
     2. India- The Critical Years
     3. Distant Neighbours- A Tale of the Subcontinent
     4. Supersession of Judges (Editor)
     5. India After Nehru
     6. The Judgement: Inside Story of the Emergency in India


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IV.  OTHER BOOKS WITH INDIA AND INDIAN EVENTS
     AS THE MAIN THEME OF THE WRITING
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1.   INDIA - Labyrinths in the Lotus Land
     Shasti Brata (Male, born in Calcutta,India)

2.   Karma Cola
     Gita Mehta  (Female, born in India)

3.   May You be The Mother of a Hundered Sons
     (A Journey Among The Women of India)
     Elisabeth Bumiller (American born in Denmark)

4.   The Assasination of Indira Gandhi
     Ritu Sarin (Female, born in India)

5.   Unveiling India
     Annes Jung

6.   Indira Gandhi
     Inder Malhotra

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