Read the World: India

Books by authors from India or set in/about India.

Updated February 19, 2024
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Clear light of day
Desai, Anita
A fine balance
Mistry, Rohinton
For use in schools and libraries only. In mid-1970s India, after a "state of internal emergency" is declared, four diverse people--a widowed seamstress, a student, and a man and his nephew who have fled their village--find their lives inextricably intertwined.
Malgudi days
Narayan, R. K.
Four gems, with new introductions, mark acclaimed Indian writer R. K. Narayanas centennial Introducing this collection of stories, R. K. Narayan describes how in India athe writer has only to look out of the window to pick up a character and thereby a story.a Powerful, magical portraits of all kinds...
The painter of signs
Narayan, R. K.
Swami and friends ; The bachelor of arts ; The dark room ; The English teacher
Narayan, R. K.
R. K. Narayan (1906--2001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. The four novels collected here, all written during British rule, bring colonial India into intimate focus through the narrative gifts of this master of...
Midnight's children
Rushdie, Salman.
The Moor's last sigh
Rushdie, Salman.
Winner of England's prestigious Whitbread Ward, Rushdie's first novel in seven years is a peppery melange of genres: a deliciously inventive family saga; a subversive alternate history of modern India; a fairy tale as inexhaustibly imagined as any in The Arabian Nights; and a book of ideas on topics...
A suitable boy
Seth, Vikram
Vikram Seth's novel is at its core a love story, the tale of Lata - and her mother's attempts to find her a suitable husband, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal. Set in post-Independence India and involving the lives of four large families and those who orbit them, it is also a vast...

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