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    16 Bestselling Books By Indian Authors

    Featuring some of our most celebrated writers like Vikram Seth, Jhumpa Lahiri, and more.

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    1. The Courtesan, the Mahatma and the Italian Brahmin by Manu S. Pillai - ₹376

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    A collection of awe-inspiring short stories from the depths of Indian history, mainly digging out anecdotes and tales of Indian women who have been obscured, hidden or simply forgotten. A brilliant read.

    2. The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond - ₹94

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    Revel in the quaintness of the Indian countryside with this humourous little novel, which traces a beautiful blue umbrella - the envy of the village.

    3. Sister of my Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakurni - ₹413

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    A moving tale of two sisters, Anju and Sudha, who are bonded in the most incomprehensible of ways. Heart-rending and bittersweet.

    4. An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India by Shashi Tharoor - ₹450

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    A must-read for all history buffs, this book discusses the reasons why the British Empire was not as rosy and beneficial for India and its people, as claimed by British-Raj apologists.

    5. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri - ₹330

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    Sit back and enjoy the whirlwind journey of identity, family, love, and loss that this stellar novel has to offer. Lahiri is a stunning writer.

    6. Shikandi And Other Queer Tales They Don't Tell You by Devdutt Pattanaik - ₹245

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    Queerness isn't a modern concept, read this eye-opener to learn about it and the various queer figures found in Hindu mythology - Shikhandi, Mahadeva, Chudala, Samavan, and many more.

    7. Jaya, a deceptively simple retelling of the Mahabharata, by Devdutt Pattanaik - ₹275

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    8. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakurni - ₹280

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    If you're a Mahabharata fan, you must read this rendition told from Draupadi's perspective. Read it to know her side of the story.

    9. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie - ₹276

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    Rushdie is a masterful weaver of stories, and Midnight's Children is the perfect example of this. Salim, born with the nation on August 15, 1947, has telepathic powers and can converse with other children who have the same abilities; he experiences the same highs and lows as India does. An enchanting adventure with shockingly realistic episodes.

    10. Anita Desai's Clear Light of Day - ₹221

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    A painful and nostalgic novel describing the lives of the Das siblings and the tenuous, yet love-filled relationship, only siblings can share and understand. Amazing.

    11. Mahasweta by Sudha Murthy - ₹185

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    Explore the social stigma and ostracism that a woman faces, and how she overcomes it, in this poignant and eye-opening book by everyone's favourite writer, Sudha Murthy.

    12. Train To Pakistan by Khushwant Singh - ₹123

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    A gut-wrenching testimonial of the Partition, read it to know more about the events that transpired at the time - beyond the political and social versions.

    13. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy - ₹193

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    A hard-hitting story of two siblings, which delves into the concepts of caste, communism, and Indian politics. Brutally realistic.

    14. Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan - ₹218

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    Experience Chauhan's writing at its best with this witty slice-of-life rom-com.

    15. Twinkle Khanna's amazingly comical Mrs. Funnybones which brings out the nuances of Indian family life - ₹150

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    16. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth - ₹929

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    Seth, very adeptly, manages to amalgamate themes of caste, post-Independence chaos and confusion, marriage and social customs, in this beautiful book. Your bookcase needs a copy.