10 Books By Indian Authors To Read During India Lockdown

Harin - Mar 26, 2020


10 Books By Indian Authors To Read During India Lockdown

Staying at home during the India lockdown? We have here a list of 10 books written by Indian authors that you can read during your self-isolation period.

As the CO.VID-19 outbreak is affecting the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Indian citizens to stay at home for 21 days during the India lockdown.

Many companies have already allowed their employees to work from home during this time. However, people are wondering what to do when they have so much free time. So why not invest your time in reading? We have here a list of 10 books written by Indian authors that you can read during your self-isolation period.

Baaz – Anuja Chauhan

Baaz Anuja Chauhan
Baaz – Anuja Chauhan.

 If you like a book that has a combination of romance, drama, and theatrics, check out Baaz from Anuja Chauhan. This book will surely raise your heartbeat not only with the romance between the protagonists but also the 1971 war as the main theme.

Sita: Warrior of Mithila – Amish Tripathi

Sita Amish Tripathi
Sita: Warrior of Mithila – Amish Tripathi.

This is a fantasy novel that retells one of Ramayana’s most important characters, Sita. In the book, the princess of Mithila, Sita, has her own identity. Instead of being the obedient and coy wife of Ram, she is a military strategist and strong-headed warrior. With its gripping narrative, your attention will be captured throughout the novel.

The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger 1 2
White Tiger – Aravind Adiga.

Published in 2008, the book won the 40th Man Booker Prize. And Netflix is in the process of turning a book into a with Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao as the lead roles. The book is about the life of an underdog who is from a poor family and how his life is turned over by different situations. The book discusses the effects of servitude, corruption and unequal income distribution in India.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy

The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness Arundhati Roy
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy.

20 years after publishing her debut novel called The God of Small Things, Roy came out with another book named The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. The book takes you from Old Delhi’s cramped neighborhoods to Central India and the valley of Kashmir with a mirage of normalcy and a war in the backdrop.

The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Palace Of Illusions Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

From Draupadi’s perspective, the Palace of Illusions is a portrayal of Mahabharata, the Hindu epic. It shows Draupadi’s views and the way she copes with a patriarchal world. Instead of depicting her as a weak character, Draupadi is shown as a fierce figure.

The Twentieth Wife – Indu Sundaresan

The Twentieth Wife 3
The Twentieth Wife – Indu Sundaresan.

This is an enchanting historical novel about adventure and passion. The book tells the story of one of the most well-known Mughal empresses in India, Nur Jahan. Sundaresan wrote about her determination and brilliance and how these characteristics helped her conquer many obstacles as well as how she shaped the Mughal Empire.

The Room on the Roof – Ruskin Bond

The Room On The Roof Ruskin Bond
The Room on the Roof – Ruskin Bond.

The book was written when Ruskin Bon was only 17. The book is based on the time he lived in a rented room and his friends when he was living in Dehradun. You will be taken on a journey to the countryside through the eyes of 16-year-old Rusty, who is not quite happy with his guardian.

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata – Devdutt Pattanaik

Jaya
Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata – Devdutt Pattanaik.

If you like Indian mythology, then check out his book from Devdutt Pattanaik. Through this book, you will understand more about Indian mythology’s complex mysteries as the author explains these in a really comprehensible way.

The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri
The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri.

The main characters of this story are two Indian immigrants who are living in the US. The story writes about how the two characters balance their worlds between the foreign land and their home country, how they accept that their kids won’t ever be as Indian as them. And FYI, there is a film based on this book too with Irrfan and Tabu playing the main roles.

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth.

Published in 1993, A Suitable Boy is one of the longest novels published in one single volume. So it’s quite perfect for self-quarantine days. The book talks about how ordinary people are caught up in a web of ambition, love, sadness, and humor. The book takes us back to the early 1950s.

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