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Indian Authors (Famous Authors in India)

Indian authors have influenced an entire generation with their writing. Over the years, Indian writers have contributed to the world of English literature and books in regional languages. Indian authors in English deserve a special mention as they have portrayed India; its rich cultural heritage and societal norms to readers in the west. Indian writers have also striven to add variation to the pre-existent and chiefly dominant genres.

  • Ramachandra Guha

    Ramachandra Guha

    Described by the New York Times as perhaps the best of India's non-fiction writers, Ramachandra Guha is also a bestselling author, ecologist, historian, activist, and cricket enthusiast. His works on cricket have earned him acclaim.

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  • Ashwin Sanghi

    Ashwin Sanghi

    He is best known for his incredibly popular books on business, including 'Boards That Deliver', 'What the CEO Wants You to Know', 'Boards At Work' among others. Besides writing, Ram Charan is also a speaker and business consultant.

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  • Ruskin Bond

    Ruskin Bond

    Ruskin Bond is a prolific and contemporary Indian writer of British descent. He is a renowned children's author and top novelist whose works are often semi-autobiographical. He has won the Sahitya Akademi award for English writing.

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  • A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

    Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is well known for his work on ballistic missiles and rocket technology. The 11th President of India has authored the 'Wings of Fire', 'Scientist to President', and 'Ignited Minds'. His works reflect patriotism.

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  • Anant Pai

    Anant Pai

    Anant Pai, popularly known as Uncle Pai, was an Indian educationalist and a pioneer in Indian comics. He is most famous as the creator of two comic book series viz. Amar Chitra Katha, which retold traditional Indian folk tales, mythological stories, and biographies of historical characters; and Tinkle, a children's anthology.

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  • Khushwant Singh

    Khushwant Singh

    Popular novelist and journalist, he is best known for his clear-cut secularism, lucid and expressive writing. Kushwant Singh is a post-colonial writer and winner of the coveted Padma Bhushan, Punjab Rattan and Padma Vibhushan awards.

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  • Ravi Subramanian

    Ravi Subramanian

    Ravi Subramanian is an Indian author writing popular thrillers on Banking and Bankers. He is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and has won two Crossword Book Award for The Incredible Banker and The Bankster. Other popular books from his belt are If God Was a Banker, Bought the Monk’s Ferrari, Devil in Pinstripes, Bankerupt.

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  • Shobha De

    PShobha De

    Shobha De is an Indian author, copywriter, freelance writer and columnist, best known for her columns in The Week. Her other works include Starry Nights, Socialite Evenings, Sister and Spouse. She is known as India`s Jackie Collins.

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  • Salman Rushdie

    Salman Rushdie

    Well known as a courageous writer, Salman Rushdie depicts magical realism in his essays and novels. He mainly wrote on the link between the east and the west and has been appointed a Knight Bachelor for his services to literature.

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  • Amish Tripathi

    Amish Tripathi

    Amish is a 36-year-old, IIM (Kolkata) educated boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha, encouraged him to give up a fourteen year old career in financial services to focus on writing.

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  • Ravinder Singh

    Ravinder Singh

    Ravinder Singh is one of the best known authors in India especially among the youngsters as he has written best-selling novels I Too Had A Love Story, Can Love Happen Twice?, Like it happened Yesterday. He was working as a Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft when he quit to become a full-time author.

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  • Chetan Bhagat

    Chetan Bhagat

    Chetan Bhagat is a bestselling author from India. He has authored four novels which have inspired major movies, making him a youth icon. The New York Times termed him the biggest selling English language novelist in India`s history.

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  • Subroto Bagchi

    Subroto Bagchi

    Subroto Bagchi is the co-founder of MindTree, one of India's most internationally admired companies. He writes extensively in leading newspapers and magazines. "The High Performance Entrepreneur" - his debut was an instant bestseller.

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  • Rabindranath Tagore

    Rabindranath Tagore

    The most prolific Indian poets of all time; Rabindranath Tagore is a Nobel laureate, writer, philosopher and ambassador of the Indian culture to the rest of the world. Manasi, Gitanjal and Ghare-Baire are among his important works.

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  • Vikram Seth

    Vikram Seth

    A novelist, travel writer, librettist, poet, memoirist and novelist, Vikram Seth is best known for his epic novel 'A Suitable Boy'. He is the distinguished winner of the ‘WH Smith Literary Award’ and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

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  • Robin Sharma

    Robin Sharma

    Robin Sharma has authored international bestsellers on leadership and personal development. His books are published in more than 50 countries and in over 70 languages with his most popular work being "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari."

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  • Shashi Tharoor

    Shashi Tharoor

    A peace-keeper, human rights activist and diplomat; Shashi Tharoor, is also a writer. His works include 'The Great Indian Novel' and 'Show Business'. He won the very coveted 'Commonwealth Writers' Prize' for 'The Great Indian Novel'.

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  • Rashmi Bansal

    Rashmi Bansal

    Rashmi Bhansal is a writer, entrepreneur and youth expert, who attained fame in the readers' circles with her 'Stay Hungry Stay Foolish'. Founder of JAM magazine, she inspires the youth with her blogging and inspirational insights.

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  • Jhumpa Lahiri

    Jhumpa Lahiri

    Her debut book was a collection of short stories which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her second book 'The Namesake' was made into a movie. Jhumpa Lahiri has also won the coveted O. Henry Award, and the PEN/Hemingway Award.

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  • Amitav Ghosh

    Amitav Ghosh

    Amitav Ghosh is an anthropologist and prolific writer. He was born in Calcutta but his student life coursed across Delhi, Oxford and Egypt. His most popular works are The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, and In an Antique Land.

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  • Nita Mehta

    Nita Mehta

    Nita Mehta is a post graduate in Food & Nutrition. She has authored over 300 books on cooking and food and nutrition. 'Zero Oil Cookbook', 'Cooking for Growing Children' and 'Chocolate Cookbook', are amongst her award winning books.

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  • Tarla Dalal

    Arundhati Roy

    Tarla Dalal is the best-selling author of cookbooks with over 4 million copies sold till date. Her books have been translated into Indian and foreign languages. She won the Padma Shri in 1997 for her services in the field of cookery.

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  • R. K. Narayan

    R. K. Narayan

    Best known for his novels based in the fictitious town of Malgudi, R.K.Narayan is a prolific Indian author. He wrote with special grace, ingenuity and humor. He is honored with the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to literature.

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  • Sanjeev Kapoor

    Sanjeev Kapoor

    Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated chef in India and author of numerous best selling books on Indian cuisine. He is the Winner of "Brand Leadership" award in 2006. His aim is to empower women to cook healthy for a healthy India.

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  • Ram Charan

    Ram Charan

    He is best known for his incredibly popular books on business, including 'Boards That Deliver', 'What the CEO Wants You to Know', 'Boards At Work' among others. Besides writing, Ram Charan is also a speaker and business consultant.

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  • Premchand

    Premchand

    Munshi Premchand was a well known writer of modern Hindi-Urdu literature and his contribution to literature are characterized by simple language. His works include Panch Parameshvar, Mantra, Prem Purnima and Ram Katha to list a few.

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  • Gulzar

    Gulzar

    Gulzar is one of the most famous lyricists, writers, and poets of India. His songs continue to create magic even to this day. His originality has given memorable moments for Indian cinema and has retained the charm with time.

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  • Satyajit Ray

    Satyajit Ray

    He is a highly acclaimed Indian film maker of very high repute. Satyajit Ray's movies have a humanistic touch and have been very well received. He has won 32 National Film Awards, Silver Bear for Best Director, and an honorary Oscar.

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  • Ankit Fadia

    Ankit Fadia

    He achieved fame with his website 'Hacking Truths' and then wrote books on ethical hacking. He is the youngest author to be published by Macmillan. He won 'IT Leader Award' and the Indo-American Society Young Achiever Award in 2005.

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  • Shiv Khera

    Shiv Khera

    He is a popular motivational writer and author of several bestsellers. His first book "You Can Win" was published in 1998. It sold more than a million copies. He writes motivational books to change the lives of millions of people.

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  • Deepak Chopra

    Deepak Chopra

    Deepak Chopra is a doctor, author and self-help specialist. He is famous in the West for his healing practices that combine Yoga, Ayur Veda, and Western Medical Science. Deepak Chopra has authored bestsellers on self-help and healing.

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  • Arundhati Roy

    Arundhati Roy

    An Indian novelist and social activist, Arundhati Roy rose to fame with her 'God Of Small Things' which got her world-wide acclaim. She is the winner of coveted awards like Booker Prize, Cultural Freedom Prize and Sydney Peace Prize.

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  • Sudha Murthy

    Sudha Murthy

    Sudha Kulkarni Murthy is renowned for her writing and active role in social services. Sudha Murthy worked as systems analyst and teacher. Her flair for writing is evident in her books like Dollar Sose, originally written in Kannada.

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  • R K Laxman

    R K Laxman

    R.K. Laxman is one of the best cartoonists in the history of India. Blessed with a sense of satire, his "common man" cartoons have gained legendary status in India. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan title in recognition of his talent.

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  • Amartya Sen

    Amartya Sen

    Amartya Sen is a Nobel laureate in Economics, influenced by the causes of poverty. His theories assert that starvation is not caused by lack of food but lack of economic access to food. His economic views are reflected in his works.

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  • Kamala Das

    Kamala Das

    Kamala Das is recognized as one of the foremost modern poets of India and due to this she has been titled as "the mother of modern English Indian poetry". She has won Sahitya Academy Award, Asian Poerty Prize, Asian World Prize, Kerala Sahitya Academy Award and several others.

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  • Girish Karnad

    Girish Karnad

    Girish Karnad was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Apart from working in theatre, he has directed and acted in films. He has served as Director of the Film and Television Institute of India, Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi and Director of the Nehru Centre, London.

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  • Anita Desai

    Anita Desai

    Her debut novel 'The Peacock' set the stage for her prolific career as writer and she was one of the authors included in the Five Indian Novelists by V.V.N. Rajendra Prasad. Journey to Ithaca, Diamond Dust and The Zigzag Way: A Novel, were her other works.

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  • Taslima Nasrin

    Taslima Nasrin

    Internationally recognized, award-winning writer, Taslima Nasrin is known for her outspoken feminist philosophies and unflinching criticisms of Islam despite multiple fatwa calling for her death. Bangladeshi born Nasrin now lives in NYC, where she was a writer in exile during the 2008-2009 school year at NYU.

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  • Mulk Raj Anand

    Mulk Raj Anand

    His debut book 'Untouchable' published in 1935; garnered him much popularity. Mulk Raj Anand mainly worked on books that depicted the lives of the poorer castes in India and he was aptly acclaimed as the 'Charles Dickens' of India.

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  • V. S. Naipaul

    V. S. Naipaul

    He is a Nobel laureate, British novelist and essayist of Indo-Trinidadian descent and winner of literary prizes like John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, 'Somerset Maugham Award', 'Hawthornden Prize', 'Booker Prize' and the 'David Cohen Prize'.

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  • Amrita Pritam

    Amrita Pritam

    Amrita Pritam is the first woman recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award. Her fiction writing was also close to the people of the society. She has penned over 100 books some of which have been translated into international languages.

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  • Jhumpa Lahiri

    Jhumpa Lahiri

    Her debut book was a collection of short stories which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her second book 'The Namesake' was made into a movie. Jhumpa Lahiri has also won the coveted O. Henry Award, and the PEN/Hemingway Award.

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  • Devdutt Pattanaik

    Devdutt Pattanaik

    Intrigued with the history and myths of India, Devdutt Pattanaik has written real eye-openers while dissecting the folklore and myths of India. His works analyze myths with respect and intelligence thereby separating seed from chaff.

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  • Kiran Desai

    Kiran Desai

    She is an Indian author of international repute. Her novel had a generous vision and portrayal of the human quandaries. The Inheritance of Loss won the coveted 2006 Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle award for fiction.

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  • Vikram Chandra

    Vikram Chandra

    Vikram Chandra is a noted Indian writer who currently teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley. 'Red Earth and Pouring Rain', 'Love and Longing in Bombay' and 'Sacred Games' are amongst his notable works.

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  • Rohinton Mistry

    Rohinton Mistry

    He is an acclaimed Indian author in the global arena. He studied in Mumbai and went to Canada in the 70s. His early works were published in Canadian Magazines. His debut novel "Such a Long Journey" won the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

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  • Kuldip Nayar

    Kuldip Nayar

    Kuldip Nayar began his career as an Urdu journalist. He has also written more than eleven books including favorites like "Between the Lines," "Distant Neighbors: A Tale of the Subcontinent," "India after Nehru," "The Martyr," and others.

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  • Anita Nair

    Anita Nair

    Anita Nair is an Indian-English writer whose novels are passionately woven on the thread of human nature and values; with a female oriented component. Her 'Mistress' was included in the list for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.

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  • Vijay Tendulkar

    Vijay Tendulkar

    Vijay Tendulkar is one of India's most influential dramatists. Author of thirty full-length plays including Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe and Gashiram Kotwal, twenty-three one-act plays, several of which have become classics of modern Indian theater.

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  • Bharati Mukherjee

    Bharati Mukherjee

    She is an American author of Indian origin whose works mainly are around themes of immigration and nostalgia. Her works are special and Candia McWilliam of 'London Review of Books' described her as "A writer both tough and voluptuous."

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  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

    Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

    A novelist, poet, professor, and short story author, Chitra Banerjee is indeed a gifted writer. Her significant works include Palace of Illusion, and Mistress Of Spice. She was awarded the American Book Award for 'Arranged Marriage'.

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  • Amit Chaudhuri

    Amit Chaudhuri

    An internationally recognized Indian English author and academic, Amit Chaudhuri has authored many prominent works. Amit Chaudhuri has won the coveted Betty Trask Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Sahitya Akademi Award.

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  • Upamanyu Chatterjee

    Upamanyu Chatterjee

    He is an Indian author and administrator, best known for his short stories, and novels like English and August which recreate life in Indian family system. Upamanyu Chatterjee joined the IAS in 1983 and has since been an administrator.

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  • Gita Mehta

    Gita Mehta

    She is a writer, documentary filmmaker, journalist and essayist. Gita Mehta is best known for her essays. Her important works include Raj, A River Sutra and Karma Cola. Her works focus on Indian history, rich culture and politics.

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  • Kiran Nagarkar

    Kiran Nagarkar

    Kiran Nagarkar is a popular bilingual author, playwright, novelist, and drama critic. His best works include 'Ravan and Eddie' and 'Cuckold'. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for Cuckold. He has also won the Rockefeller Fellowship.

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  • Vikas Swarup

    Vikas Swarup

    An illustrious novelist of international repute, and diplomat; Vikas Swarup is best known for his novels 'Q & A' and Six Suspects. His debut novel 'Q & A' was made into the highly acclaimed Danny Boyle movie 'Slum dog Millionaire'.

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  • Kunal Basu

    Kunal Basu

    Kunal Basu is a well known author of international repute. His three acclaimed novels include The Opium Clerk, The Miniaturist, and Racists. His work 'The Japanese Wife' (2008) was made into a film by the Indian filmmaker Aparna Sen.

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  • Mohsin Hamid

    Mohsin Hamid

    He is a Pakistani author who attained fame with 'Moth Smoke'- his debut novel which was an instant hit in India and Pakistan. The book was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and was eventually adapted for television in Pakistan.

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  • Divya Prakash Dubey

    Divya Prakash Dubey

    Divya Prakash Dubey was born and brought up in Lucknow and has done engineering studies and Masters in Business Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management ( SIBM) Pune. His work is specially known to be unique as it takes quite refreshing take on life and his works are drenched in humor that runs deep.

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  • Kishore Chaudhary

    Kishore Chaudhary

    Kishore Chaudhary is a writer and a Radio Broadcaster from Barmer Rajasthan, India. His writings became popular on his blog Hathkadh and ever since then he has got a huge fan following internationally. He writes short stories, poems on universal feelings like love, pain, loss, fear, loneliness, companionship, hope and so on.

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An Indian author is known by his literary prowess, his penchant to write about India and life outside the safe cocoon of one's homeland. Famous authors of Indian origin have earned a standing in the literary circles by their sheer writing expertise. Such an Indian author is the nation`s pride. Famous authors are offbeat writers that have earned a niche in acclaimed literary spheres. The list of famous authors also includes the up-and-coming Indian writers from non-literature backgrounds.

Since they hail from varied educational and cultural backgrounds, Indian authors present a kaleidoscopic overview of the vibrant nation. Their writings have influenced readers from all walks of life and will continue to do so.