54 INDIAN NOVELS YOU MUST READ
Literary experts pick 54 great works (in English and in translation from regional languages) that you must read in your lifetime
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...