Best Indian Books
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1 The God of Small Things
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 124,508 ratings
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2 A Fine Balance
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 72,851 ratings
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3 The White Tiger
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 85,504 ratings
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4 Midnight's Children
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 56,833 ratings
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5 The Namesake
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 138,279 ratings
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6 Interpreter of Maladies
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 86,494 ratings
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7 Life of Pi
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 746,151 ratings
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8 A Suitable Boy (A Suitable ...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 24,623 ratings
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9 Malgudi Days
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 6,944 ratings
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10 2 States: The Story of My M...
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 39,556 ratings
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11 Unaccustomed Earth
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 49,553 ratings
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12 The Inheritance of Loss
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 30,103 ratings
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13 The Story of My Experiments...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 18,091 ratings
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14 Swami and Friends
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 5,004 ratings
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15 The Bhagavad Gita
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 30,144 ratings
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16 Five Point Someone: What No...
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 41,534 ratings
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17 Wings of Fire: An Autobiogr...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 11,473 ratings
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18 Gitanjali
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 3,745 ratings
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19 Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilog...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 10,720 ratings
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20 The Glass Palace
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 11,032 ratings
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21 I Too Had A Love Story..
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 15,506 ratings
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22 Train to Pakistan
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 5,667 ratings
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23 Tell a Thousand Lies
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 346 ratings
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24 The Guide
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 3,706 ratings
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25 Family Matters
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 12,133 ratings
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26 Delayed Monsoon
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 224 ratings
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27 The Hungry Tide
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 6,540 ratings
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28 The Palace of Illusions
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 7,188 ratings
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29 Circle of Five (Pha Yul, #1)
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4.77 of 5 stars 4.77 avg rating — 101 ratings
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30 The Satanic Verses
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 29,270 ratings
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31 India After Gandhi: The His...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 4,832 ratings
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32 The Discovery of India
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 2,588 ratings
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33 Sacred Games
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 3,370 ratings
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34 The Immortals of Meluha (Sh...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 33,840 ratings
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35 Q & A
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 15,934 ratings
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36 The Argumentative Indian: W...
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 3,265 ratings
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37 City of Djinns: A Year in D...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 4,260 ratings
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38 The Space Between Us
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 21,254 ratings
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39 गोदान
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 2,110 ratings
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40 Sister of My Heart (Anju an...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 10,843 ratings
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41 The Secret of the Nagas (Sh...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 26,055 ratings
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42 English, August: An Indian ...
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 2,459 ratings
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43 Maximum City: Bombay Lost a...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 5,295 ratings
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44 The Great Indian Novel
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 2,442 ratings
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45 Behind the Beautiful Foreve...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 38,109 ratings
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46 Curiosity kills the KatHA
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 29 ratings
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47 Haroun and the Sea of Stories
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 16,187 ratings
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48 Eat, Pray, Love
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 814,874 ratings
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49 The Mistress of Spices
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 7,243 ratings
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50 The Upanishads
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 5,705 ratings
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51 Revolution 2020: Love, Corr...
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3.08 of 5 stars 3.08 avg rating — 22,951 ratings
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52 The Room on the Roof
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1,725 ratings
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53 Cricket till I die!
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 59 ratings
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54 An Equal Music
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 5,450 ratings
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55 Nine Lives
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 2,683 ratings
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56 A House for Mr Biswas
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 9,610 ratings
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57 Om Chanting and Meditation
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4.81 of 5 stars 4.81 avg rating — 99 ratings
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58 Freedom at Midnight
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 3,557 ratings
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59 Cutting for Stone
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 181,524 ratings
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60 White Mughals: Love and Bet...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,836 ratings
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61 The Mahabharata
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 1,047 ratings
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62 Chokher Bali
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,313 ratings
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63 Shalimar the Clown
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 8,252 ratings
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64 Te Amo... I LOVE YOU
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 272 ratings
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65 The Inscrutable Americans
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3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 3,856 ratings
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66 The Death of Vishnu
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 5,904 ratings
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67 The Shadow Lines
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 2,804 ratings
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68 The Ramayana: A Shortened M...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 2,196 ratings
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69 The Siege of Krishnapur (Em...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 2,916 ratings
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70 The Raj Quartet (1): The Je...
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 152 ratings
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71 Ignited Minds: Unleashing t...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 3,301 ratings
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72 The Home and the World
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,524 ratings
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73 12 HOURS
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 102 ratings
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74 The Mahabharata: A Shortene...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 869 ratings
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75 The Vendor of Sweets
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 983 ratings
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76 Untouchable
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 1,304 ratings
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77 The Zoya Factor
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 1,650 ratings
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78 The Calcutta Chromosome: A ...
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 2,428 ratings
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79 The Enchantress Of Florence
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 10,585 ratings
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80 Hullabaloo in the Guava Orc...
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 2,826 ratings
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81 The Last Mughal: The Fall o...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 2,567 ratings
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82 Such a Long Journey
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 4,997 ratings
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83 Difficult Daughters
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 1,087 ratings
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84 Life is What You Make It
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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 5,067 ratings
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85 The Moor's Last Sigh
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 7,970 ratings
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86 The World Is Flat: A Brief ...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 58,485 ratings
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87 Heat and Dust
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 3,763 ratings
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88 Meeting With Christ and Oth...
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4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 54 ratings
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89 Shame
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 6,331 ratings
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90 The Far Pavilions
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 22,965 ratings
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91 Right Fit Wrong Shoe
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 873 ratings
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92 Gently Falls the Bakula
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,042 ratings
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92 The Illicit Happiness of Ot...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 1,112 ratings
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94 The Man-Eater of Malgudi
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,585 ratings
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95 Two Lives
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 1,921 ratings
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96 Fasting, Feasting
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3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 1,945 ratings
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97 Selected Poems
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 506 ratings
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98 The Quest of the Sparrows: ...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 78 ratings
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99 The Unknown Errors of Our L...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,282 ratings
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100 The Last Song of Dusk
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 785 ratings
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510 books · 1,472 voters · list created January 15th, 2010 by Ayushi (votes) .
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Ayushi
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Comments (showing 1-50 of 54) (54 new)


message 1: by Saf (new)

Saf Think we need to define Indian.


message 2: by Loren (new)

Loren Toddy I'm Native and to me it's clear East Indian. Otherwise it would say Native American.


message 3: by Renzen (new)

Renzen My read list just got proliferated.


message 4: by Aditya (new)

Aditya I believe most of the votes for Truly Madly Deeply are fake ones voted for, by the author's friends or multiple accounts of the author himself. I lose respect for this poll now, though i'll keep note of all the classics listed here....


message 5: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Aacharya Didn't wrote: "I believe most of the votes for Truly Madly Deeply are fake ones voted for, by the author's friends or multiple accounts of the author himself. I lose respect for this poll now, though i'll keep no..."

Hi Aacharya, I made the list and have never read Truly Madly Deeply . Thoguh I am aware of your concern, please do read the other books on this list and don't be affected by stupid marketing gimmicks.


message 6: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Aacharya Didn't wrote: "I believe most of the votes for Truly Madly Deeply are fake ones voted for, by the author's friends or multiple accounts of the author himself. I lose respect for this poll now, though i'll keep no..."

I am also very very upset to see delayed monsoon on number 3 of best Indian books besides truly madly deeply. When I had started the list I had something else in mind but I guess since this is public and anyone can add to it, I can't really do anything at all. I didn't even add books by Chetan Bhagat in the first place even though more people know and read them than either Delayed Monsoon or Truly madly Deeply and now this !!


message 7: by Chitralekha (new)

Chitralekha Paul Hi Ayushi please don't get upset by the voting. I can understand you are a serious reader and for you books like TMD or DM are nothing but trash. Its your personal opinion and I respect your opinion. But please try to understand if a book occupies first position because it has got 43 votes and another occupies third position because it has got 29 votes does it really mean much? Don't give too much weightage to this list. The main reason why I am saying this is our reading preferences are entirely subjective and many award winning and widely publicised books may appear trash to many of us. There is no universal standard to judge a book's worth. So best is to leave it to individual preferences. If you are a successful professional there is no way you can like Delayed Monsoon. It will not make any sense to you. Whereas many housewives, well- educated or not so educated will be able to identify with the character because many of them might have gone through similar experience of emptiness in their lives. So they may like it. Thus every book will have its own reader base and we should not be judgmental. You can not look down upon a reader because he likes to read Chetan Bhagat. Its his choice.. And can you stop such people from voting? Had it been your personal blog site you could have had some control over voting but Goodreads is for everyone so I guess you have to bear with such things. And the second reason is, well-known books have gone down in the list because very few people have voted for them not because they have not found them to be worth voting but because they don't need any more publicity as people are already aware that those books are master-pieces. .Like for example if people have not voted for the books of the noble prize winner Rabindranath Tagore does it mean that the author of Delayed Monsoon is superior to him? It’s simply that 29 people( known or unknown to me) felt like voting for Delayed Monsoon because they have liked this fiction. So my humble request is leave the matter at that. Any amount of publicity will fail to promote a book if it is devoid of substance.. After a while the artificially created hype will die down and a book will be judged by the readers only by it’s worth..


message 8: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Chitralekha wrote: "Hi Ayushi please don't get upset by the voting. I can understand you are a serious reader and for you books like TMD or DM are nothing but trash. Its your personal opinion and I respect your op..."

Chitralekha I absolutely agree with what you have to say . But I was just expressing my annoyance and grievance at the fact that there should be some control that a person must have over the list he /she makes as an admin.
I clearly stated that the books must reflect Indian diaspora and your book does but my aim was to make people aware about and make them read Indian books they ordinarily wouldn't get in a bookshop and if they would - shrug it off as boring .
I did not mean to be judgmental at all . I like you and am planning to read both Delayed Monsoon and Truly madly Deeply but people in the list expressed their displeasure and said they lost their faith in it coz popular fiction outraced classics as it always sadly tends to do, therefore I issued a clarification expressing my anguish .
But your views are very correct and welcome and absolutely right , my comment was in a different context altogether .
:)
This is the beauty of goodreads and books that two people can be wrong, right and still have respect for each other's literary skills and reading tastes
!
And don't be silly - I don't think your book would be trash to me
I love reading and all books are divine to me .
=D
As Nabokov said, don't identify with the book but the author ,
I think I just did !!


message 9: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Chitralekha wrote: "Hi Ayushi please don't get upset by the voting. I can understand you are a serious reader and for you books like TMD or DM are nothing but trash. Its your personal opinion and I respect your op..."

You know DM and TMD are still fine , but there are a number of completely unrelated books , even books about Red Indians , so I was fuming and you can see why !
But I 'll take your advice and not fret over it.


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

One major flaw in the democratic process. There ought to be something called as the license to vote. People who have read like a single book in their entire lifetime should not be allowed to vote, plus these should be an IQ level cut-off too :)


message 11: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Abid wrote: "One major flaw in the democratic process. There ought to be something called as the license to vote. People who have read like a single book in their entire lifetime should not be allowed to vote, ..."

Thanks for the support vote . Even if it was sarcastic, was it ?


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

I meant what i said. Don't know about sarcasm. The thing is i've never read any Indian authors except for rushdie. chetan, i tried but i found him crappy. Now, if truly madly deeply is your best i'd like to stay on the other side. That's the kind of effect such illogical and biased voting has.


message 13: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Abid wrote: "I meant what i said. Don't know about sarcasm. The thing is i've never read any Indian authors except for rushdie. chetan, i tried but i found him crappy. Now, if truly madly deeply is your best i..."

thanks. i love reading Indian authors in English btw and have given up on illogical biased voting . Each to his own.
Democracy doesn't exist because its the best method but as a lesser evil !


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

To die hating them, that is freedom.


message 15: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Chitralekha wrote: "Thanks Ayushi for understanding my view point :)"

chitralekha, no blood , no foul !


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

:)


message 17: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Chitralekha wrote: "Thanks Ayushi for understanding my view point :)"

My pleasure.


message 18: by Shreya (new)

Shreya Sharma +all books r too fab.......


message 19: by Kadambari80 (new)

Kadambari80 Thanks for this list! Happy to see Tagore and Premchand included!


message 20: by Book'd (new)

Book'd List of my choice


message 21: by Aakanksha (new)

Aakanksha Singh why is there 'Wuthering Heights' in this list? It seems absurd. Also, maybe, 'ice candy man' by Bapsi Sidhwa and stories by Manto can be included in the list. Otherwise, the list is very good. I was very glad to see Difficult daughters and Premchand in the list.


message 22: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Aakanksha wrote: "why is there 'Wuthering Heights' in this list? It seems absurd. Also, maybe, 'ice candy man' by Bapsi Sidhwa and stories by Manto can be included in the list. Otherwise, the list is very good. I wa..."

thanks a ton. someone must have added wuthering by mistake. You can add ice candy man and Manto here. Feel free. :)


message 23: by Kalpesh (new)

Kalpesh Nevrekar Hi friends,
If you are looking for a novel this summer then do try this love story of three friends its very hilarious. You will die of laughter!! :)
Book’s name is THE COMICAL SAGA and is available everywhere online like Homeshop 18 ( @ 90/- only) (Cash on delivery and free shipping), flipkart (@120/-), Amazon, Goodreads and many more.
Do read it and I bet you will enjoy it a lot :)
The Comical Saga


message 24: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Virender wrote: "Many worthwhile books are missing and a lot of trash has been enlisted."
hey Virender,

Feel free to add a lot of worthwhile books that you think deserve to be there:)


message 25: by Sruthi (new)

Sruthi Menon Do try Bombay Rains,Bombay Girls... by Anirban Bose Super light hearted book !!!! Proper Time pass!


message 26: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Virender wrote: "I am surprised that names like Chetan Bhagat and Faraaz Kazi are enlisted in the "BEST INDIAN BOOKS"."

hey Virender , these books weren't there on the original list. These have been added by other readers who thought they were worthy enough. Feel free to add your own :)


message 27: by Sruthi (new)

Sruthi Menon http://www.indiabookstore.net/

Try this link, it shows the best price available from 9 online bookstores. Far better than flipkart and bookadda.coms


message 28: by Yugandhar (new)

Yugandhar Kota Hi Sruthi,

Thanks for link to comparison,it is very useful.

keep it up & let me know for any gooood books of india.

yugandhar kota


message 29: by Laura (new)

Laura There are some books misplaced in this list, such as:

The Scarlet Pimpernel
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
My Name is Red


message 30: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Laura wrote: "There are some books misplaced in this list, such as:

The Scarlet Pimpernel
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
My Name is Red"



Hey laura, these books have been added by other goodreads members and weren't there on the original list (for obvious reasons), however, I am unable to remove them. Sorry.


message 31: by Laura (new)

Laura As a librarian, I can remove them. Can I do so?


message 32: by Book'd (new)

Book'd I think you should go ahead Laura. Please delete them.


message 33: by Laura (new)

Laura Done!!!


message 34: by Book'd (new)

Book'd Thanks Laura !


message 35: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Laura wrote: "As a librarian, I can remove them. Can I do so?"

Thanks Laura :D


message 36: by Laura (new)

Laura My pleasure.


message 37: by Garth (new)

Garth I vote for White Tiger. Here's my review of it on my blog about matching novels with current events: http://newsworthynovels.blogspot.com/...


message 38: by Laura (new)

Laura Garth wrote: "I vote for White Tiger. Here's my review of it on my blog about matching novels with current events: http://newsworthynovels.blogspot.com/..."

I just started to read this book, thanks for the link.


message 39: by Manray9 (new)

Manray9 "The Siege of Krishnapur" is a great literary exposition of the madness and absurdity of the British in India. J.G. Farrell wrote a historical trilogy with a comedic take on the decline of the British Empire: "The Siege of Krishnapur," "The Singapore Grip" and "Troubles." All three are great reads.


message 40: by Laura (new)

Laura Manray9 wrote: ""The Siege of Krishnapur" is a great literary exposition of the madness and absurdity of the British in India. J.G. Farrell wrote a historical trilogy with a comedic take on the decline of the Bri..."

Agreed, Siege was splendid, I must finish this trilogy some day.


message 41: by Ignatius (new)

Ignatius Pereira Indians in Pakistan is probably the most exciting novel to be written by an Indian author. It’s a must-read. I will advise all my friends and enemies to read it. Simply unputdownable.


message 42: by Ignatius (new)

Ignatius Pereira Indians in Pakistan is probably the most exciting novel to be written by an Indian author. It’s a must-read. I will advise all my friends and enemies to read it. Simply unputdownable.Indians in Pakistan


message 43: by Julie (new)

Julie Ayushi wrote: "Chitralekha wrote: "Hi Ayushi please don't get upset by the voting. I can understand you are a serious reader and for you books like TMD or DM are nothing but trash. Its your personal opinion an..."

Ayushi - If you have librarian status (easy to apply for) you may alter your list and delete books that do not meet your stated criteria.


message 44: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Julie wrote: "Ayushi wrote: "Chitralekha wrote: "Hi Ayushi please don't get upset by the voting. I can understand you are a serious reader and for you books like TMD or DM are nothing but trash. Its your pers..."

I don't. I shall apply soon. thank you.


message 45: by Kartik (new)

Kartik Is the criteria Indian Authors or is it novels set in India?


message 46: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Kartik wrote: "Is the criteria Indian Authors or is it novels set in India?"

Dear Kartik,

The description says, "Vote for books that you feel reflect India and the Indian diaspora or books written by Indian authors that left a strong impression."

So, the answer to your question is both.


message 47: by Shikha (new)

Shikha if "Life is What You Make It " figures in top 100 Indian books , we are bringing disrepute to Indian authors and wriitngs


message 48: by John (new)

John Norman Byculla to Bangkok. It is a book in Mumbai Underworld. How lads become vengeful. http://www.snapdeal.com/product/bycul...


message 49: by Ayushi (new)

Ayushi Shikha wrote: "if "Life is What You Make It " figures in top 100 Indian books , we are bringing disrepute to Indian authors and wriitngs"

The list is based on popular opinion and upvotes.


message 50: by Ellie (new)

Ellie Koole I am now reading The City of Devi, by Manil Suri. So far I love it....


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