Even with stiff competitions from smartphones and tabs, the Kindle is still burning hot. The trend of e-books did not take long to catch up in India once they tasted the Kindle experience. Initially, Indians had tough time paying in dollars to purchase kindle books, but later Amazon introduced the option of paying in INR making it convenient for Indians buy books. As the Indian readership increased for Kindle readers, so did the books by Indian authors make their grand entry into the e-book market.
Among thousands of books available for you, here is a list 16 books by Indian writers that you must have on your Kindle, since it captures the diversity of literature.
16. The Beach Boy
Author: Ardashir Vakil
Set in the city of Mumbai, the book captures the coming of age of boy in the city which is known for chaos. This book takes you on a pleasant journey to the mysterious city.
15. India Dishonoured: Behind a nation’s war on Women
Author: Sunny Hundal
Following the violent rape of Nirbhaya in December 2012, India woke up to the horrors suffered by their women. Sunny Hundal makes an attempt to explore the condition of women in a country which worships hundreds of Goddesses on one hand, whereas on the other, the cruelty against women is quite shocking.
14. The Golden Gate
Author: Vikram Seth
The book is worth reading for the sheer pleasure of the remarkable use of English language the author has made. The highly praised book, both by the critics and readers, was one of the best sellers of 1986.
13. The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk: Life Lessons from Here and There
Author: Sudha Murthy
This is 233 pages of heart-warming collection of real-life stories that will delight readers of all ages, written by Sudha Murthy. The author captures the best of human spirit through her narration.
12. India’s Struggle for Independence
Author: Bipan Chandra
The book is an encyclopedia of India’s independence movement which captures all the important events starting from the aborted revolt of 1857 – to the final Independence Day on 15th August 1947.
11. GAMES INDIANS PLAY: why we are the way we are
Author: V. Raghunathan
The title itself is the great clue to what the books holds for you. This is an Indian version Berne’s “Games People Play”. The author has a great flair for language and captures your attention as he puts the puzzling Indians under microscope.
10. Midnight’s Children
Author: Salman Rushdie
There is no doubt that Salman Rushdie is a genius when it comes to pleasing his readers. Through this book, which won him a Booker Prize in 1981, he takes you on a roller coaster ride of drama, laughter and wordplay by narrating the story of two children born exactly when India got her freedom, and exchanged in a hospital.
9. Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Author: Mohandas Gandhi
This is one of a kind classic book, which gives us a peek into the life of a man who introduced the world to Satyagraha.
8. English August: An Indian Story
Author: Upamanyu Chatterjee
A satiric novel capturing the struggles of an IAS officer, Agastya -who calls himself August, became a best seller in 1988. A well written book from an author, who himself is an IAS officer.
7. Akbar and Birbal
Author: Amita Sarin
The tales of Akbar and Birbal is something you can enjoy on any day. Amita Sarin has collected the best of their tales to entertain her readers in this book. It is great to have these tales passed down through generations handy for a boring day.
6. The Great Indian Novel
Author: Shashi Tharoor
Only someone who has seen politics from close quarters like Shashi Tharoor could come up with a book like this. The book draws parallel between the epic Mahabharata and today’s political India. The hilarious satire by Tharoor is an award winning book which was well received all over the world.
5. Interpreter of Maladies
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri made a grand debut with herPulitzer Prize-winning book Interpreter of Maladies. The book explores human relationships and emotions with stress being laid on their Indianness. It is a collection of 9 nine tales set in India and USA.
4. The Room on the Roof
Author: Ruskin Bond
It is amazing to note that Ruskin Bond came up with such a masterpiece at a tender age of 17. The book chronicles the coming of age of an adolescent boy, while exploring his friendships, love and other emotions.
3. Inscrutable Americans
Author: Anurag Mathur
The Inscrutable Americans is a simple humorous adventure of an Indian student in American university. What tickles your bone is a play with the Indian and American English created by the author.
2. The Shiva Trilogy
Author: Amish Tripati
The Trilogy is made of three books – The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras. These well written books make a good read for even those who do not love mythology, with its gripping narration.
1. THE SCIENTIFIC INDIAN: A Twenty-First Century Guide to the World Around Us
Author: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Y.S.Rajan
Though many Indians may feel that India has made great progress in scientific field, the Missile Man of India feels that this the journey has just begun. The authors explore the potential of Indians in the global scientific arena. They also provide us with ideas, goals and a scientific vision for a better future of the country.