World book day is around the corner and all the literature lovers are sure excited to celebrate the day with their favourite books and by sending world book day quotes from famous novels to their friends. For all the Indians or literature students, who love Indian literature or are on the path of reading more and more books, here we have curated a list of some of the Best Indian books that y’all would love to read on this world book day. Have a look to know our best picks!
Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
Train to Pakistan is a beautifully written historical novel by Khushwant Singh in 1956. The novel narrates the events that happened during the partition of India in August 1947. Through the character development in the story, Khushwant Singh has commendably depicted the human dimensions dealing with several feelings like horror, believability, confusion and sense of reality. This novel gives an understanding of such communal situations without taking any sides or making political statements. We’d highly suggest literature lovers to read this book if they are interested in history.
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger is the debut novel of the renowned author Aravind Adiga, which was published in 2008. The novel won the 40th Man Book Prize and is one of the best-selling books in India. In 2021, Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao starrer film The White Tiger is also based on this novel by Aravind Adiga. In this book, the protagonist narrates his life story and challenges that he suffered because he belonged to extreme poverty and his overall life journey. It is a gripping novel that will entice you to keep reading.
Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh
Shadow Lines, a novel written by Padma Shree Award winning India author Amitav Ghosh in 1988 is a novel set against the backdrop of historical events like the partition of India, the second World War, the communal riots of 1963-64 in Dhaka and Calcutta, Swadeshi movement and a lot more. The narrator of the story is basically recalling the events and memories from the past to find an answer to his life. The novel is written in a non-linear manner and shows references to major historical events in between.
The Immortals by Amit Chaudhary
Set in the Bombay of the 1980s, the novel The Immortals written by Amit Chaudhary features two families whose fortunes are connected through music. The protagonist of the novel teaches music to people to support his family and his story about peoples thoughts about music in a modern world. The author Amit Chaudhary being a latent musician himself brings authenticity to the novel that you would love to read.
Midnight’s Children By Salman Rushdie
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie is one of the most selling books in India and no list of the best novel can be completed without mentioning it. The storyline of the book shows the chronicles of the author’s life journey through the partition of British India, emergencies, cleansing of the slum in Jama Masjid and a lot more such historical events as he was born at the exact moment of India’s independence. The novel will give you a real sense of what happened to the people facing the consequences of partition.
Wish I Could Tell You By Durjoy Datta
If you’re a lover of romantic novels, then this one is for you. Written by the young Indian author Durjoy Dutta the novel Wish I Could Tell You is a novel that features the storyline of a fictional character named Ananth. Ananth believes and manages to find good in everything and is a person with a positive attitude. To help people in need, he joins an NGO and the other character Mohini is an aspiring author who was looking for a story idea for the next novel and to find one, she also leads to the same NGO. In the NGO, they both find what they were looking for and the story goes on.
Palace of Illusions By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Palace Of Illusions a novel written by award-winning author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in 2008 is a rendition of the Hindu epic Mahabharata that is told from Draupadi’s viewpoint. The storyline is shown from the perspective of a woman who is actually facing situations and living in a patriarchal world.
So, these were some of the best books / novels that you can read on this World’s Book Day to celebrate the day of literature. Let us know which book did you find the most interesting.