Best Indian Fiction Books

Vote for fiction books that you feel reflect India and the Indian diaspora or books written by Indian authors that left a strong impression.

Literary fiction only.
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3.73 avg rating — 144,891 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 148,412 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 39,361 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 14,539 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 75,002 ratings
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3.42 avg rating — 44,913 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 19,376 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 9,842 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 21,448 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 20,814 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 20,110 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 49,330 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 88,404 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 26,292 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 8,040 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 7,903 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 13,260 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 67,815 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 49,766 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 5,940 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 1,131 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 9,254 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 321,090 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 5,848 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 28,255 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 5,028 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 7,303 ratings
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3.58 avg rating — 438 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 39,450 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 9,507 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 5,273 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 17,188 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 27,259 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 17,182 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 6,889 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 7,447 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 7,866 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 9,150 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 6,074 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 513,127 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 5,995 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 8,702 ratings
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3.48 avg rating — 11,873 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 8,413 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 6,178 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 11,342 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 3,677 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 5,746 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 12,277 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 72 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 9,228 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 3,705 ratings
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3.27 avg rating — 6,254 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 5,817 ratings
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3.41 avg rating — 26,421 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 3,295 ratings
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4.40 avg rating — 251 ratings
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3.35 avg rating — 78 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 159 ratings
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3.58 avg rating — 16,080 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 73 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 3,585 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 6,798 ratings
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4.36 avg rating — 1,027,012 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 38,362 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 3,828 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 10,384 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 50,850 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 4,605 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 250 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 20,181 ratings
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3.32 avg rating — 3,725 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 3,160 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 428 ratings
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4.55 avg rating — 3,668 ratings
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3.53 avg rating — 6,418 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 7,881 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 13,307 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 2,559 ratings
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Ayushi 3424 books
346 friends
Thomas 1796 books
360 friends
Casimir 311 books
35 friends
Epa 17 books
0 friends
Saf 341 books
59 friends
Christopher 1375 books
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Murray 586 books
107 friends
Rebekah 14658 books
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Comments Showing 1-50 of 66 (66 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 Muddle head (new)

Muddle head 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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