A few of my favorite books, many by individuals of Indian origin, (arguably) producing the best contemporary writing in English


  • Jejuri by Arun Kolatkar ISBN 1590171632
  • Sarpa Satra by Arun Kolatkar
  • Kala Ghoda Poems by Arun Kolatkar
  • Goodbye Party for Miss Pushpa T.S. by Nissim Ezekiel
  • Vanishing Acts by Ranjit Hoskote
  • The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth


  • The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen
  • The Idea of India by Sunil Khilnani
  • Passport Photos by Amitava Kumar
  • India after Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
  • India: A Wounded Civilization by V. S. Naipaul
  • Reading & Writing: A Personal Account by V. S. Naipaul
  • Finding the Center by V. S. Naipaul
  • India: A Million Mutinies Now by V. S. Naipaul
  • The Karma of Brown Folk by Vijay Prashad
  • Maximum City by Suketu Mehta
  • India Unbound by Gurcharan Das


  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  • The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • Love & Longing in Bombay by Vikram Chandra
  • India: From Midnight to the Millennium by Shashi Tharoor
  • The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor
  • The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
  • Beach Boy by Ardashir Vakil
  • Ecstasy by Sudhir Kakar
  • The Ascetic of Desire by Sudhir Kakar
  • Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
  • The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru
  • Ravan & Eddie by Kiran Nagarkar
  • God’s Little Soldier by Kiran Nagarkar
  • five point someone by Chetan Bhagat
  • The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh
  • The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
  • Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
  • Two Plays : The Dreams of Tipu Sultan / Bali by Girish Karnad
  • Londonstani by Gautam Malkani
  • Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid