Top 10 Best Selling Indian Novels Of All Time

This is a great opportunity for book readers who love novels. There are many great Indian novels that won many literary awards such as the Pultizer and the Booker Prize, in the last few decades. The novels written in English by Indian authors are deeply expressive, impressive, rich and culturally embedded. Let’s check out some of the top best selling Indian novels of all time.

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The God of small things was written by Arundhati Roy. Her Magnum Opus won the booker price award in 1997. It is one of the most popular Indian novels on both the national and international literary areas. The story is about the lives of two children Rahel and Esthepa in Kerala and how they imagine about their childhood experiences. This story is beautifully narrated by Roy as a poignant tale about love, betrayal and kinship ties. Not only that it also deals with questions of discrimination, caste and class.


Shadow lines was written by Amitav Ghosh in 1988. Shadow lines is a Padma Shree Award winning novel and its an aesthetic story which revolves around the narrator who is trying to mislead through memories and past life events and in present he finds answers to his life. This book won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989.


Fasting and feasting was written by Anita Desai in 1999. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize Award in the same year. It narrates about the story that intensively entrenched patriarchal family system in India. It depicts the life of Uma lives in a small town. She is a grey haired bachelor girl who feels drowned and imprisoned by her parents. The novel takes the readers mind to a world of imagination and it tries to show how daughters in Indian families are suffering and burdened with many responsibilities and finally they are forced to sacrifice their dreams. This novel dicusses about the family values, cultural norms and individual aspirations.


The author of A Suitable Boy was Vikram Seth and it was published in 1993. It won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Award in the next year. It is one of the longest Indian novels ever to be published. It’s a story about a mother who is pursuing a suitable boy for her daughter’s marriage. The novel thoroughly sign up with the events and the anxieties which moulded the nation building processes spontaneously after the independence. Its an engaging story above love, politics and romance.


The White Tiger was written by Aravind Adiga and it won the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2008. This book narrates the story of a protagonist, Balram Halwai and his life to the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that how the son of a rikshaw puller becoming a successful businessman.


Anandamath was written by Bankim Chandra Chatterji in Bengali and this was translated by Basanta Kumar Roy in 1992. This book was published in 1882. This story was purely based on a Sanyasi Rebellion of 1771, this was banned by the British. Vande mataram was originally written as a slice of this book. The story is about a husband and wife who meet a group of sanyasis, revolting against British and join them.


Trying to grow was written by Firdaus Kanga in 1991. It is a semi autobiographical work about Daryus Kotwal, who was a Parsi boy in Bombay suffering from a disease called osteogenesis imperfecta. He is a guy who doesn’t let that come in the way of his life and to the world.


Train to Pakistan was written by Kushwant Singh in 1956. Kushwant Singh was India’s most colorful and mot-loved writers. This novel is based on partition and the narrative is set in Mano Majra, who lived in a Muslim-Sikh village at the Indo-Pak border but they lived peacefully. But later a hindu money lender, is murdered then the story turns to violence and a tragedy of partition.


Ravan & Eddie was written by Kiran Naghkar in 1994. It is one of the 10 best books about Mumbai. It is the story about two boys, Ravan and Eddie. This novel reveals the picture of Mumbai and these two boys were growing up in a building divided into separate tenements offering cheap accommodation in 1050s.


Cutting for stone was written by Abraham Verghese in 2009. This novel narrates a story about twins, Marion and Shiva. They born to an Indian nun and a British surgeon. But they are orphaned with mother’s death and father’s departure. It’s all about family, exhibition of disloyalty and and medicine. This book has sold over a million copies and it’s a beautifully narrated story.


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