By Falguni.A. Panchamatia
The time and age of books is on a swift decrease with it becoming a redundant hobby. The trend is more focused on micro-blogging and micro-fictions and when we have an entire story in just 3 lines or less we find it hard to take time and invest it in a book.
However, that is not to say that books themselves are vanishing and for the true book lovers, they will always hold a special place.
This mind-blowing list of books penned by some awesome Indian hands would not fail to surprise you.
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Kiran Desai in this work sets a benchmark for aspiring writers to come. The Inheritance of Loss deals with the ethnic, identity and political crisis faced by Indians in the after-effects of post-colonialism. The novel moves around four characters-Sai, Biju, Gyan and Sai’s grandfather, the retired Judge.
The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh creates a complex masterpiece of deep thoughts, crude characters and amazing use of “Time” as the intriguing element of the plot. “The Shadow Lines” also throw a light upon the culturally diverse mixes in Indian society and how cultures collide and mingle at the same time. The story unfolds in the form of “Memory” of each character. The Shadow Lines are the borders that nations draw and we as humans break.
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The Princes by Manohar Malgaonkar
This novel is a sneak-peek into the princely world before Independence. It is a story of the Prince of Begwad, Abhayraj and his ways of dealing with the falling glory and their legacy as “Kings”. It explores the conflicts of the Royals of India before Independence, as they reluctantly merged into the democracy this new India had to offer.
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Rohinton Mistry shows a subtle criticism of governance and Emergency of the 1970s, India, in a crisp manner. The characters he created are normal people from all walks of like and how one political change brought them together in a familial bond.
If there is a little bit of that bookworm in you these books are food to the mind. The refreshing thoughts, ideas and concepts are homely. It gives us a look not only of Indians in general but are an insignia we have reaped over the years in the arena of Indian English Literature.
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