I need recommendations from Indian Beanies (or someone interested in Indian literature). Can you recommend a book from an Indian author that’s not widely known? It’s for my foreign literature class 🙂

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    I forgot to add, she or he must write in English.

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      That’s super broad! But let me take a stab. These are a few that come to mind across various genres and styles of storytelling. I would link to their Goodreads pages but DB might think it’s spam if it has too many links.

      1. Em and the Big Hoon – Jerry Pinto (Riveting, superbly written book about what it means to be family and about mental health)
      2. Lunatic in My Head – Anjum Hasan (Again, very well written book that captures slice of life in a part of Northeast India that’s not very well represented in the mainstream)
      3. Leila – Prayaag Akbar (Dystopian novel that’s been made into a Netflix series. The book is better)
      4. Milk Teeth – Amrita Mahale (It’s more the tale of Mumbai when it used to be called Bombay, and on the various ways of belonging we can experience)
      5. Ghachar Ghochar – Vivek Shanbhag (It’s translated into English from an Indian language called Kannada, and tells the story of a middle-class family in a city called Bangalore in spare, simple prose)
      6. The Island of Lost Girls – Manjula Padmanabhan (AMAZING and very unsettling speculative fiction book that talks about gender and identity and all the issues we’re seeing today, including climate change. A review here – https://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/nilanjana-s-roy-lost-and-found-girls-115081701283_1.html)
      7. Dangerlok – Eunice D’souza (This is a slim book, but no less entertaining for it. We see the world through the eyes of a middle-aged single woman in Mumbai and see it through her equal parts cutting and kind gaze)

      I don’t know where you live, but I hope these are available online, and that you find something you like ^^

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        Thanks a lot! I have to choose a book which hasn’t been translated in French so I think your list will help me a lot! Dangerlok doesn’t meet the requirement as it’s not originally written in English but it (and others which won’t make the cut) will be on personal to-read list 😀

        The Island of Lost Girls sound like a story I’d love. Thanks again!

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          Any time! Apart from Book 5 all the others were written originally in English, and none have been translated to French, as far as I know. The Island of Lost Girls is actually a sequel but it works on its own as well. ^^

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            Oh thanks for the information about The Island of Lost Girls!

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        oh wow, thanks I have also searching for books by Indian authors, I know next to none, other than a few very famous ones.
        Do you know more? Written originally in an Indian language than in English.

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          Sure! This is a good list that has books that were translated from a bunch of Indian languages -https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/110751.Indian_Fiction_Translated_Into_English
          Is there a particular language that you’re looking for?

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            Thank you for the link, let me move to fan wall and not trouble others with my cultural identity crisis!

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        Thank you as well, @minminfan. Adding these to my Goodreads list for future book club recommendations!

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      The Windfall seems like such a feel good story! It might be to introduce a story full of humour to my class.

      The Parcel is intriguing. I’m not sure if I will have time to read everything but that’s nice of you. Thank you a lot 😀

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