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20 Greatest Indian Novels in English

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16. Kadambari (in Sanskrit, 7th century CE) by Banabhatta, translated by Padmini Rajappa (2010): One of the oldest novels of the world and an Indian classic, it is essentially a love story of Kadambari, the beautiful Gandharva princess and the moon god, Chandrapida.

kadambari banabhatta padmini rajappa

17. Anandamath (in Bengali, 1882) by Bankim Chandra Chatterji, translated by Basanta Kumar Roy (1992): Another Indian classic, the story is based around the Sannyasi Rebellion of 1771. The original medium for Vande Mataram, the book was banned by the British.

Anandamath

18. Trying To Grow (1991) by Firdaus Kanga: A semi-autobiographical work of a Parsi boy in Bombay suffering from brittle bones, but he doesn’t let it interfere with his life and sex.

Trying To Grow by Firdaus Kanga

19. The Trotter-Nama: A Chronicle (1988) by Irwin Allan Sealy: A mock epic of the Trotter family over seven generations, from the mid-eighteenth to the late 20th century.

20. Train to Pakistan (1956) by Khushwant Singh: A story set in the violence and tragedy of partition by one of India’s best-loved writers.

Train to Pakistan Khushwant Singh

 

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