16 Books By Indian Writers You Must Have In Your Kindle

Updated on 28 Jul, 2014 at 8:41 am


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.

The Beach Boy

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.

India Dishonoured: Behind a nation's war on Women

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.

The Golden Gate

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.

The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk: Life Lessons from Here and There

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.

 India's Struggle for Independence

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.

GAMES INDIANS PLAY: why we are the way we are

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.

Midnight’s Children

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.

Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

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.

English August: An Indian Story

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.

Akbar and Birbal

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.

The Great Indian Novel

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.

Interpreter of Maladies

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.

The Room on the Roof

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.

Inscrutable Americans

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.

The Shiva Trilogy

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.


THE SCIENTIFIC INDIAN: A Twenty-First Century Guide to the World Around Us

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