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Top 10 Indian Writers in English

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 21 October 2011, 12:24 Hrs   |    15 Comments
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Bangalore: Through globalization English has acquired augmented importance as a common "lingua franca" for the global community. Speaking of literature, Indian writing in English is nearly hot off the fire. The Indian writing in English boosted off only in the last couple of decades and since then, a number of writers bagged global fame, some achieved national and others had to find contentment through contracted loop.

These Indian writers have fashioned a niche of their own in English with their awe-inspiring works of literary fineness. Indian writing has navigated an elongated haggard path of uplifting evolution. The renaissance in Indian writing was kicked off in the 1980's and the predecessor of this faction, the hallmark of Indian writing of this era was Salman Rushdie.

Salman Rushdie

salman rushdie
Indian literature witnessed renaissance in 1980s and 90s. Salman Rushdie, an Indian-British novelist and essayist, spearheaded this renaissance with his path breaking novel, "Midnight Children" in 1980. He exploded to recognition with the book and from the time when he kissed success, there has been plentitude of Indian authors scripting in English. His work always revolves around the Indian Subcontinent as a vital theme and his principal theme of "paranormal pragmatism" has always been adjacent to the essence of this land. Scripting his thoughts in Pidgin English, Rushdie gestured a new trend in writing and furnished a tone of voice to multicultural apprehensions. His "Midnight Children", "The Moor's Last Sigh", and "Shalimar Clown" were critically acclaimed for their themes and the use of delightful practicality. But the book that dotted deadly controversy was "The Satanic Verses". He was indicted of profanity by countless Muslims because of certain supposedly disrespectful references to Islam's Prophet Mohammad. Arousing the wrath among Muslims globally, a fatwa was issued by Iran's Ayotollah Khomeini calling for the execution of the novelist. The book was banned in many countries including India. Rushdie veiled himself in U.K. and till date his name is there in the "wanted list" with a price on his head.

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Reader's comments(15)
1: happy republic day
Posted by:dhananjay kumar - 26 Jan, 2016
2: how could you ignore Ruskin Bond, R K Narayan and all those legends
Posted by:Anvesh - 31 May, 2014
3: Why would you have Chetan Bhagat on a list with the likes of Rushdie, I will never understand.
Posted by:Safa - 26 Dec, 2013
4: It was interesting to read this piece. However I wonder on what basis these writers have been chosen. It is the compiler's own opinion and not based on own any large survey. I would recommend Kunal Basu to be included in this list. Joy M
Posted by:Joy Mukhopadhyay - 13 Sep, 2013
5: I recently read THE RIGHTFUL OWNER a fiction by and Indian writer Charandeep Singh. I liked the book very much. It has real incidents in it with fictional charancters. Struggle for India's Independence, Partition of 1947, World War and role of Indian soldiers, treatment meted to Natives by Colonisers, etc

The story is seen through the eyes of a Londoner. The book has in it elements of sacrifice, greed, honour, patriotism, treachery and of course mystery.

I recommend....
Posted by:kk sharma - 09 Apr, 2012
6: But for the barrier of language ;Munshi Prem Chand would have been at the helm.
Posted by:Raghav - 02 Mar, 2012
yes indeed Munshi Premchand is unparalled in his style of narration and fascination of his novel is incredible.had English been his mother tongue he would have been incradibely sough after.But we in India have a tradition of giving importance to english over our own mother tongue
Macmohan Replied to: Raghav - 25 Nov, 2012
8: How sad! They r Indian writers but barring a couple none reside here. But still manage to churn out novels on Indian realities. I wonder how?
Posted by:Kiran - 12 Feb, 2012
Hmmm..thus a category like indian diasporic writing is something that i wouldn't take very seriously
yoganand Replied to: Kiran - 15 Feb, 2012
10: And where is Araving Adiga?
Posted by:Susana - 22 Oct, 2011
11: how dare you include Chetan's piece of shit in this list. I'd rather replace him with Aravinda Adiga and if one really wants to put someone from his category I'd recoomend Amish Tripathi of the Immortals of Meluha fame.
Posted by:sid - 22 Oct, 2011
e sala bagath is nice writer dont dare to abuse him
nahi tho Replied to: sid - 23 Jul, 2013
hw dare u 2 tease chetan bhagat......he is simply.superb....
go..and......read his 5.someone....2 states...revolution2020...
anna mariya Replied to: sid - 09 Nov, 2012
revolution 2020 was really good one.... chetan is wonderful writer
abhinaya Replied to: anna mariya - 30 Jan, 2013
I have nothing against Chetan as he has taken the very young in the loop of reading habit, however Nayantara Sahgal is conspicuous with her absence from this list.....and also Sagarika Ghosh...I am trying to complete her novel 'The Gin Drinkers'
bhavna Replied to: abhinaya - 25 Mar, 2013