Books are a man’s best friends. They not only offer knowledge, but the best books also bring happiness and an immense sense of perspective in life. So, here’s a list of books, nay literature, you must read at least once in your lifetime!
Do you love reading? This list of superbly written literature by timeless Indian authors are sure to enrich your mind.
1.Nectar in a Sieve - Kamala Markandaya
Written by acclaimed author Kamala Markanday – ‘Nectar in a Sieve’ is an emotional story of Rukmani, a poor Indian woman who underwent an arranged marriage as a child to a tenant farmer. The novel describes her struggles in changing times. It portrays her life as a moving battle of survival and protection of her loved ones. Set in the rapidly changing mid-20th-century India, the novel covers a rich range of subjects with a uniquely gripping writing style.
2.The Guide - R.K. Narayan
The Guide is written by one of the most celebrated Indian authors of all time, R.K Narayan. Set in Malgudi – The Guide is a story of Raju, a corrupt tour guide, who transforms himself into a spiritual Guru and then the greatest holy man in India. Crafted with beautiful words, the book was also adapted into a film that starred the legendary actor Dev Anand.
3.Rabindranath Tagore – Gitanjali
Gitanjali is a collection of poems by the musician, poet, and artist, Rabindranath Tagore. Originally written in Bengali, the poems are mostly of a spiritual bent, though some of the pieces also have a hint of nature. Their translation to English garnered wide popularity and won the Nobel Prize for Tagore in 1913.
4.A. K. Ramanujan – The Collected Poems
A.K. Ramanujan was, arguably, modern India's finest English-language poet. This volume of his "Collected Poems" includes poems out of the three books he published during his lifetime. The poems reflect his lifelong interests in folklore, anthropology, structuralism and biculturalism. Artistic and mesmerizing – this book was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1999.
5.God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
A debut novel by Arundhati Roy – ‘God of Small Things’ - portrays the story of two fraternal twins Esthappen and Rahel and their larger family. The book explores a range of issues, from the country’s rigid caste system, set in the 1960s in Kerala. Interesting and well written, the book was awarded the Booker Prize in 1997.
6.Maximum City - Suketu Mehta
Author Suketu Mehta pens down his experiences in Mumbai in his beautiful work ‘Maximum City’. A mix of travel writing, a journal, a socio-political analysis of people and wonders of Mumbai – this book is a revelation of an ancient and ever-changing world. Candid and heartrending, this book won the 2005 Vodafone Crossword Book Award.
All the above books ensure a riveting experience for readers. They allow you to step into someone else’s shoes and discover the hidden shades of life beautifully. So, when are you reading your next novel?