India has been celebrated for its art, literature, and writing since ancient times. There are more than twenty languages spoken in India and literature that includes over twenty of these languages. Moreover, Indians have excellent command over the English language also.
In India, English Literature has flourished through a long way from a few estimated English books a year to millions of new releases every day. In 2020 the Indian book market is valued at Rs. 739 billion approx.
So whether you are looking for an absorbing new book to dig into over the holiday break; or just want your next can't-put-it-down, there are plenty of options.
In this post, we have compiled a list of 10 best selling books in India that you won't want to miss. From both fiction and nonfiction categories that means there is little something for everyone.
10 Best Selling Books in India
The God of Small Things is a debut novel by the popular writer Arundhati Roy. This modern classic novel stands as one of the best celebrated Indian Novels on national as well as international. The story of this book revolves around two twins Estha and Rahel living in Kerala.
The novel depicts the life of these twins and how it changes with the arrival of their cousin Sophie. It describes an emotional tale of love, kinship ties, and betrayal. The political predisposition is expressed as the novel says about caste, class as well as discrimination.
Another best selling book in India, Fasting, and Feasting was shortlisted for the Booker Prize award in 1999. This novel reveals the entrenched patriarchal family system of India. The story of the novel runs around the life of Uma, a grey-haired spinster who feels imprisoned and smothered by her parents. The book seeks to show how daughters of Indian families are given a lot of burdens with roles & responsibilities and ultimately they are pressured to sacrifice their own dreams and aspirations in this process.
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The Fasting, Feasting is an endearing novel that seeks to open a conversation between cultural norms; family values, and individual aspirations.
Written by Amitav Gosh, an award-winning Bengali writer, Shadow Lines is a vitalizing story about the borders that mark as well as limit our imaginations. It captures the perspective of time and events and brings and keeps apart people at the same time.
First, it starts running in the memories of one and then becomes the imagination of another. Hence, this book mainly unwinds the imagination of the reader himself. The Shadow Lines has a consistent reference to the major historical events such as the Swadeshi Movement; The Second World War, The partition of India, etc. It has always been honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989.
One of the longest Indian novels ever to be published, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth was published in 1993. A thick heavy bound book with around one thousand four hundred pages, the novel went on to win the Commonwealth Writers Prize Award in the following year of its launch.
The story of this novel is about a mother who is in search of a suitable marriage for her daughter's marriage. Set in post-independence India, the novel soon engages with the events and the anxieties that shaped the country building processes instantly after the independence along with the partition. Moreover, it covers other issues like Hindu-Muslim rivalry, elimination of the Zamindari System and empowerment of Muslim women.
This novel is an engaging epic about romance, love, families, and politics. You need a lot of patience to complete reading this novel but you will enjoy this beautiful story.