Indulekha (in Malayalam, 1889) by O Chandu Menon, translated by Anitha Devasia (2005) http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/6/Indulekha-Oip--1640458-1-73819.jpgO Chandu Menon, a voracious reader of English novels, would often tell these stories to his friends in Malayalam. It was while attempting to translate Benjamin Disraeli's Henrietta Temple (1837), that he decided to write a novel. Indulekha is considered the first classic novel in Malayalam

Indulekha (in Malayalam, 1889) by O Chandu Menon, translated by Anitha Devasia (2005) http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/6/Indulekha-Oip--1640458-1-73819.jpgO Chandu Menon, a voracious reader of English novels, would often tell these stories to his friends in Malayalam. It was while attempting to translate Benjamin Disraeli's Henrietta Temple (1837), that he decided to write a novel. Indulekha is considered the first classic novel in Malayalam

Weight Loss (2006) by Upamanyu Chatterjee This is the story of Bhola, a highly sexed boy from the age of 11 to 38. This book is about a lifetime of fetishes -

Weight Loss by Upamanyu Chatterjee This is the story of Bhola, a highly sexed boy from the age of 11 to This book is about a lifetime of fetishes -

A Fine Balance (1995) by Rohinton Mistry Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this novel set in Bombay during the Emergency is about Dina Dalal, a widow, who takes in a boarder in her flat in Bombay: Maneck, the young son of a friend. She also hires two tailors, Ishvar and his nephew Omprakash, for piecework. This is about how the four come together and form a sort of accidental family

A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry, absolutely loved this book, the three characters have never left me. Probably one of the best books I've ever read.

In Custody (1984) by Anita Desai  Deven is a small-town Hindi lecturer with a broken dream of becoming a poet. He lives an insignificant, unhappy life. But then, he is asked to interview one of the country's greatest Urdu poets. Deven takes great pains to put together the logistics. Yet, this project ends in misery

Anita Mazumdar Desai was born in Mussoorie, India in mother was German and her father was a Bengali businessman. She grew up speaking German at home and Bengali, Urdu, Hindi and English ou.

The Financial Expert (1952) by RK Narayan The story of Margayya, who sits under a banyan tree and offers financial advice to the people of Malgudi

The Financial Expert by RK Narayan The story of Margayya, who sits under a banyan tree and offers financial advice to the people of Malgudi

Sacred Games (2006) by Vikram Chandra The criss-crossing paths of a cop, Inspector Sartaj Singh, and the country's most-wanted gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde. This is a book about the Mumbai underworld and about the city itself  Read our interview with Vikram Chandra here - http://read.ht/fsc

Sacred Games is an epic of exceptional richness and power. Vikram Chandra’s novel draws the reader deep into the life of detective Sartaj Singh - and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India.

Anandamath (in Bengali, 1882) by Bankim Chandra  Chatterji, translated by Basanta Kumar Roy (1992) Roughly based on the Sannyasi Rebellion of 1771, this was banned by the British. Vande Mataram was originally written as part of the book. The story is about a couple who meet a group of sanyasis, revolting against the British, and join them. Incidentally, Chatterji's Rajmohan's Wife (1864) is considered the first Indian novel in English

Anandamath (in Bengali, 1882) by Bankim Chandra Chatterji, translated by Basanta Kumar Roy (1992) Roughly based on the Sannyasi Rebellion of 1771, this was banned by the British. Vande Mataram was originally written as part of the book. The story is about a couple who meet a group of sanyasis, revolting against the British, and join them. Incidentally, Chatterji's Rajmohan's Wife (1864) is considered the first Indian novel in English

Samskara (in Kannada, 1965) by UR Ananthamurthy, translated by AK Ramanujan (1976) Ananthamurthy is one of the most important voices in the Navya (new) movement in Kannada. Last year, the writer was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for overall contribution to fiction. Samskara is the story of Naranappa, who lives in a community of Brahmins but rejects their way of life: he eats meat, lives with a prostitute.

Samskara (in Kannada, 1965) by UR Ananthamurthy, translated by AK Ramanujan (1976) Ananthamurthy is one of the most important voices in the Navya (new) movement in Kannada. Last year, the writer was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for overall contribution to fiction. Samskara is the story of Naranappa, who lives in a community of Brahmins but rejects their way of life: he eats meat, lives with a prostitute.

Umrao Jan Ada (in Urdu, 1893) by Mirza Hadi 'Ruswa', translated by Khushwant Singh and MA Husaini (1970) Some critics consider this as the first Urdu novel (novel, in the strict sense of the term novel). The memories of a girl kidnapped and sold to a kotha, and her life as a courtesan in 19th century Lucknow

Umrao Jan Ada: Courtesan of Lucknow (Mirza Mohammad Hadi Ruswa)

The Death Of Vishnu (2001) by Manil Suri  This debut novel by a mathematician was longlisted for the Booker and is about the spiritual journey of a dying man named Vishnu, working on a Bombay building

The Death Of Vishnu by Manil Suri This debut novel by a mathematician was longlisted for the Booker and is about the spiritual journey of a dying man named Vishnu, working on a Bombay building

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