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Real Time-Amit Chaudhari
Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter- Chitra B. Divakaruni

Indoanglian fiction fascinates me, inspires me, instils in me the confidence to write confidently in English. I read my first RK Narayan novel when I was 16. In the last four years, browsing through the dusty shelves of Katmandu's second hand bookshops, I got acquainted with a horde of Indian writers. I look up to these writers and that's what made me build this page, gathering informations from various sources.

Excerpt from Naipaul's books
Interview with Indian writers

Words of Advice by Jhumpa Lahiri

R.K. Narayan
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V.S Naipaul
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Amit Chaudhari
List of Rabindranath Tagore 's Works
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Quiz on Indo-Anglian Literature

List of winners of Literary Awards:
Booker Prize
Commonwealth Prize

Interviews With:
Jhumpa Lahiri

David Davidar
Vikram Seth
R.K. Narayan

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Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra was born in New Delhi, the capital city in 1961. His first novel Red Earth and Pouring Rain (1995) was awarded the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. His second novel Love and Longing in Bombay (1997) won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best Book (Eurasia Region).


7 Spiritual Laws of Success- Deepak Chopra
Road Less Traveled- M. Scott Peck
Men Are From Mars, Women.....- John Gray
7 habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen Covey
You Can Win- Shiv Khera

Praise for Vikram Chandra:

'In the virtuosity of its writing, now glimmering with mystery and now flashing with  menace, it is the equal of anything produced by Martin Amis or William Boyd.'
                      Francis King, The Spectator
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Much awaited debut novel The House of Blue Mangoes by CEO of Penguin India, David Davidar  finally hit the bookstores in 2002.
Interview with the author.
Read the review by Kushwant Singh

A Fine Balance and Such a Long Journey were such captivating novels by Rohinton Mistry that I can't wait to get my hands on his recently published third novel Family Matters.

Read an excerpt

Manil Suri
a professor of Mathematics in University of Maryland at Baltimore County
received rave reviews for his debut novel The Death of Vishnu.
Read his interview
Read an excerpt from his novel


Ladies Coupe-Anita Nair
The Last Jet-Engine Laugh-Ruchira Joshi

Riot: A Novel- Shashi Tharoor
Ecstasy: A Novel- Sudhir Kakar
An Area of Darkness- V.S. Naipaul

The Mimic Men- V.S. Naipaul

India: A Wounded Civilization-V.S. Naipaul

A Million Mutinies Now-V.S. Naipaul

Half A Life-V.S. Naipaul

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Read Good Fictions

Family Matters -Rohinton Mistry
The Imressionist -Hari Kunzru
The House of Blue Mangoes -David Davidar
The Inscrutable Americans -Anurag Mathur
The Death of Vishnu -Manil Suri


Read praises for V. Seth's books and even buy them here

G.V Desani (1909-2000), the author of All About H. Hatterr remains unknown to still many of us

Jhumpa Lahiri, the first Asian to win the coveted Pulitzer Prize

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Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance:

This 614 page long novel first published in 1996 was picked by the Oprah Book Club as the Pick of November 2001. 

In the epigraph to A Fine Balance he cites Balzac's Le Pere Goriot:

After you have read the story of great misfortunes, you will no doubt dine well, blaming the author for your own insensitivity, accusing him of wild exaggeration and flights of fancy. But...this tragedy is not a fiction. All is true.

A Fine Balance has a high body count. There are two deaths by bus crushing, death by torture of untouchables exercising their voting rights and a student revolutionary, deaths by stabbing of a beggarmaster and two of his beggars (for their luxuriant hair), the triple suicide by hanging themselves from a punkah of three young sisters, and finally the death of a man who has come through but who nevertheless throws himself under a train. Those who survive sudden death lose their legs, their testicles, their hair, their homes and everything that makes them human- except their spirit.

The style is detached, humorous and symbolic.

                                                         -The Economist

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G.V Desani was born in 1909 in Nairobi, Kenya. He got his education in England. There, he became a lecturer and broadcaster. His prose poem Hali (1950) was published with a preface by a E.M. Forster, the author of Passage to India. E.M Forster had to say this about Hali- "It keeps evoking heights ... where the highest aspirations reach." But he is known more as the author of All About H. Hatterr. The Oxford Companion to English Literature calls this book "eccentric and inventive novel" having inspired even Rushdie and I. Allan Sealy's Trotter-Nama. 
All about H. Hatterr was revised and republished in 1972 with an introduction by Anthony Burgess. It's the only book to be named Book of the Year on republication. At present it's out of print everywhere.


It is a brilliant feat of intellect, and to achieve it he has invented an Indian English of such energy that reviews by TS  Eliot, Edmund Wilson and E.M. Forster expressed amazement and the British writer Angus Wilson described it as 'a Whole the English of Shakespeare.

-Snakes and Ladders by Gita Mehta
Read about G.V. Desani

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An excerpt from Family Matters

Hinduism has all-accepting nature, agreed? I'm not talking about fundamentalist, mosque-destroying fanatics, but the real Hinduism that has nurtured this country for thousand of years, welcoming all creeds and beliefs and dogmas and theologies, making them feel at home. Sometimes, when they are not looking, it absors them within itself. Even false gods are accommodated, and turned into true ones, adding a few more deities to its existing millions."

"The same way, Bombay makes room for everybody. Migrants, businessmen, perverts, politicians, holy men, gamblers, beggars, wherever they come form, whatever caste or class, the city welcomes them and turns them to Bombayites. So who am I to say these belong here and those don't? Janata Party okay, secular good, communal bad, BJP unacceptable, Congress lesser of evils?

"No it's not up to us. Bombay opens her arms to everyone. What we think of as decay is really her maturity, and her constancy to her essential complex nature. How dare I dispute her Zeitgeist? If this is Bombay's Age of Chaos, how can I demand a Golden Age of Harmony? How can there be rule of law and democarcy. If this is the hour of a million mutinies?"

Yezad nodded, feeling his head would burst into a million pieces under Mr Kapur's wild and unwieldy analogies.

Just then, Husain returned with the sweets, which made Mr Kapur abandon the subject. He began exmaining the six large packets to make sure it was everything he has oredered. Yezad remarked that judging by the quantity, the sweets must have cost a lot.

"I don't mind," said Mr Kapur. "It's for a good occasion. If the Shiv Sena crooks can get thousands from us..

-India Today May 6, 2002

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Jaishree Mishra Kamila Shamsie
1.Ancient Promises
"Autobiographical fairy tale in which social observation makes up for purple prose"
1.Salt and Saffron
"A young writer paints a Karachi portrait with the passion of a rushdie reserves for his Bombay"

2.Accidents like Love and Marriage

"Jaishree Mishra's social satire is stale fare"
"Kamila Shamshie
reveals the horror
and beauty of
Karachi, its people
and politics" says
India Today in the
review of Kartography

Source- India Today


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Read an excerpt from her novel Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard



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Amitav Ghosh

Hanif Kureishi

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Anita Nair

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Shashi Tharoor

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Manil Suri


Have anything to say regarding Indo-anglian Literature? Or, discuss the topics below. Click here to do so.  

Discuss on the writing style of I. Allan Sealy -Ashutosh

Has the genius of Salman Rushdie faded away?

31 Most talked about Indo-anglian fictions

One person who you think played the most important role in the global acceptance of Indo-anglian Literature.


Kartography -Kamila Shamshie
The Vine of Desire -Chitra Banerjee

The Tiger by the River -Ravi Shankar Etteth
Real Time:Stories and a reminiscence -Amit Chaudhari
Bombay-London-New York -Amitava Kumar

Jhumpa Lahiri (1968- ) is a London-born Indian writer who at present lives in the US in New York City. She was brought up in a small-town America. Her first book Interpreter of Maladies which is a collection of nine short stories was awarded the most prestigious American literary Award, the Pulitzer Prize.

Her advice to young writers:

"I would not send a first story anywhere. I would give myself time to write a number of stories. I started writing, and then I bought a book on where to send stories. I would send them out, they all came back, then I would write something else, this went on for years. Sometimes I got a nice note, and that gives you a little bit of inspiration for the next time you sit down to write. It's a combination of being attuned to that whole world out there, the editor, the publisher, blah, blah, blah, but also knowing that really is not the goal. If it happens, it happens; if it doesn't happen for a long time, that's okay too."

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