India has a rich literary heritage and It gave birth to many well-renowned writers like Rabindranath Tagore, A.K.Ramanujan, R.K.Narayan and Arundhati Roy to name some. Various topics are covered by these authors so one can choose books as per one’s requirements and interests. There are so many genres to choose from like fiction, suspense, thriller, romantic and many more. If you are a book lover and love to read books then this article is for you. Here is the list of top 10 selling books in India you might want to read up.
1. The God Of Small Things ( Buy it )
This is the debut novel of Indian writer Arundhati Roy . It was published in 1997. 8 million copies of this novel have been sold and it is available in 42 languages.
It won Booker prize in 1997. This novel is about two fraternal twins, Rahel and Esthappen yako (Estha), both are of a contrary nature. Rahel is smart and impulsive, whereas Estha is more serious and nervous. Rahel is 18 minutes younger than her brother. Ammu, Velutha, Chacko and Baby kochamma are other important characters of the novel.
2. A Fine Balance ( Buy it )
Rohinton mistry is the author of this novel. This novel was published in 1995. It tells about how the life of a various group of characters changes from independence to the emergency called by then Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi. She, however, is not referred by her name in the novel and is instead called the prime minister.
It is the story that tells us about the post-independence conditions prevailing in India. Dina dalal, Ishvar darji, Omprakash darji(om), maneck kohlahand nusswan shroff are some of the main character of this story.
3. The Shadow Lines ( Buy it )
Novel by Indian writer Amitav Ghosh. The shadow lines won the sahitya akademi award and was published in 1988. it’s a story of a young Indian boy.
This boy grows up in Calcutta , get his education from Delhi and moves to London .Ila is His cousin , he is in love with her. But she marries nick. Tridib , tha’mma, Ila, may, nick and Maya debi are the main characters.
4. Midnight’s Children ( Buy it )
Midnight’s children is a novel by British Indian author Salman Rushdie. It was published in 1981. It won the Booker prize in 1981. And also won James Tait black memorial prize.
This book explains about the series of events that happens in India before independence , post-independence and partition. This novel is a set of three books.
The leading character of this novel is Saleem Saini. He born on 15th august,1947 and the same day when India got independence. He is blessed with telepathic powers and with extraordinary sense of smell.
5. Fasting, Feasting ( Buy it )
fasting, feasting is a novel by Indian writer Anita Desai. It was published in 1999. the novel is divided in two parts. This book depicts the complex family relations.
6. The Namesake ( Buy it )
Its author Jhumpa lahiri‘s first novel . It was published in 2003 . This novel is about a bengali couple , Ashoka and Ashima Gangoli . They decide to leave India and move to United states .
The novel relate to the difficulties and deprivation of this Bengali couple .They live in small apartment in Cambridge. Life there is quite hard and difficult .This is not they are accustomed to. Ashoka, Gogol , Ashima, Sonia , Maxine are important character of this novel.
7. A Suitable Boy ( Buy it )
Vikram Seth is the author of this book . It was first published in 1993 . The novel is the story of four families . It tells a story over a period of 18 months in post-independence and post-partition India.
This novel starts with finding for lata, a suitable boy. Lata is younger daughter of Mrs Rupa mehra. The story is about whom she will choose to marry.
Kabir, Harsh and Amit are eligible Suitor . The story revolves around The mehra’s, The kapoor’s , The khan’s and The chatterji’s families.
8. Train To Pakistan ( Buy it )
It is a historical fiction by Kushwant Singh and was first published in 1956. The story is about the religious discrimination of partition . It tells how India become a country for Hindu and Muslims are forced into Pakistan . The conditions of refugees camp and how they are exposed to violence , when Hindus and Muslims are close by.
9. The boy who loved ( Buy it )
It is a novel by Durjoy Dutta and was published in 2017 . The main character of this book is Raghu . Raghu is an introvert middle class boy .and lives in Delhi with his family.
He seems to be normal and happy boy . But he has a secret guilt that he had let his friend die . His life takes a turn when a girl named Brahmi enters his life.
10. The White tiger ( Buy it )
It is a debut novel by an Indian author named Aravind Adiga and this novel got published in 2008. This novel also won the Booker prize in the same year . Balram Halwai , Pinky madam , Ashok , Vikram halwai and Dharam are the important characters of this book.