Lit­er­ary ex­perts pick 54 great works (in English and in trans­la­tion from re­gional lan­guages) that you must read in your life­time

Hindustan Times - Brunch - - Front Page - by Sau­damini Jain

We asked eight lit­er­ary ex­perts, writ­ers, aca­demics, pub­lish­ers and crit­ics, to choose the finest In­dian nov­els in English (in­clud­ing trans­la­tions in re­gional lan­guages). You can’t af­ford to not read them!

this is a list of the great­est In­dian nov­els ever writ­ten. It might feel in­com­plete (only books writ­ten in English or trans­la­tions of works in Hindi and other re­gional lan­guages fig­ure here). It might seem bi­ased (they’re per­sonal picks from the best lit­er­ary minds of our time). It might even ap­pear as though we’ve missed your per­sonal favourite (lists tend to do that). But for any­one look­ing to jump into the rich world of In­dian writ­ing, it’s a beau­ti­ful and im­per­a­tive start.

Our jury of eight – writ­ers, pub­lish­ers, aca­demics and book crit­ics – nom­i­nated 10 books each. Not sur­pris­ingly, there were over­laps, sur­prises and works we knew would never be ig­nored. In our masterlist of 54 books, you’ll know nearly ev­ery­thing there is to know about this great land of ours through the decades. And by the end, you’ll know more than what you’ve read. These are, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der...

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