Auckland Libraries: Standout Indian novels

Standout Indian novels

Some of the best and most popular fiction by Indian authors.

Pinto has an idea

Rajeev Saxena

This is the tale of a small-town boy turned scientist, who suddenly experiences a life-changing revelation, throwing away his work on theoretical physics and setting out to solve the practical everyday problems of the world he lives in.

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The widows of Malabar Hill

Sujata Massey

1920s Bombay. Perveen Mistry has joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, her tragic personal history fuels her devotion to championing and protecting women's legal rights.

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Sister of my heart

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Born in the big, old Calcutta house on the same tragic night that both their fathers were mysteriously lost, Sudha and Anju are cousins who share everything. But when Sudha discovers a terrible secret about the past, their mutual loyalty is tested.

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Murder at the Grand Raj Palace

Vaseem Khan

For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj. The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder...

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In the name of god

Ravi Subramanian

The Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram safeguards within its sacrosanct walls centuries of customs and rituals, unimaginable wealth and unwavering calm. Until dead bodies begin showing up in its holy pond.

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The legend of Lakshmi Prasad

Twinkle Khanna

Bablu Kewat becomes obsessed with sanitary napkins much to his family’s horror, and a young woman keeps checking the weather forecast as she meticulously plans each of her five weddings.

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A suitable boy

Vikram Seth

The tale of Lata and her mother's attempts to find a suitable boy through love or through exacting maternal appraisal. Set in post-Independence India and involving the lives of four large families.

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Train to Pakistan

1915-2014 Khushwant Singh

In Train to Pakistan, truth meets fiction with stunning impact, as Khushwant Singh recounts the trauma and tragedy of Partition through the stories of his characters that he, his family and friends themselves experienced or saw.

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The white tiger

Aravind Adiga

Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. His family is too poor for him to afford for him to finish school. But Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi.

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The hungry tide

Amitav Ghosh

In the Sundarbans, the tides reach more than 100 miles inland and every day thousands of hectares of forest disappear only to re-emerge hours later. This is the only place on earth where man is more often prey than predator.

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The one who wrote destiny

Nikesh Shukla

Mukesh has just moved from Kenya to the drizzly northern town of Keighley. He was expecting fame, fortune, the Rolling Stones and a nice girl, not poverty, loneliness and racism. He might not have found Keith Richards, but he did find the girl.

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Such a long journey

Rohinton Mistry

It is Bombay in 1971, the year India went to war over what was to become Bangladesh. A hard-working bank clerk, Gustad Noble is a devoted family man who gradually sees his modest life unravelling.

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