Indian Female Writers And Their Novels

At this time, many are stuck at home not knowing how to pass the time. Because of the pandemic, many have decided to introduce new hobbies into their life. One of those hobbies is reading. Reading is a wonderful way to spend your time while at home. With reading, you can learn and experience various types of adventures and life adventures. From fiction to nonfiction here are some novels written by Indian female writers that you should read or add to your reading list.


1. The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy  

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Source: Goodreads

Genre: Literary/ Fiction

Arundhati Roy is an Indian female writer who is an active force in political and social issues. With that she uses Indian history and politics to immerse her readers into the world she creates in books. In a world that references real-life events and tragedies, we follow the stories of two heroines Amjun and Tilo. By weaving the stories together and the history of modern India we explore and read the darkest and violent moments of their lives. Becoming anxious about their future and the future of their country.



2. Lifting the Veil by Ismat Chughtai 

Genre: Anthology/Poetry
Lifting the Veil

Source: Goodreads



As a female Urdu novelist Ismat Chughtai wrote extensively on themes that included female sexuality and feminity. As a rare theme in Indian writing, she explored these themes during a time when sexuality seemed taboo. This anthology brings together twenty-one pieces of her best writing, prose, and scandalous themes into one book. Breaking the social barriers as an Indian female writer.



3. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of Maladies

Source: Goodreads

Genre: Anthology/Fiction

Jhumpa Lahiri is an American writer of Indian descent and her debut novel, Interpreter of Maldives, won her a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A  collection of short stories, it tells the lives of Indians and Indian Americans caught between tradition and the “New World.” Her stories explore her characters so well exposing them making them feel intimate and relatable. As simple and normal as these stories may seem, it is the feeling of humbleness, humility, and flaws that make it seem relatable to anyone who reads her stories. From love stories to confessions it is the insight into a normal person’s life that makes this novel astonishing.



4. The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India by Urvashi Butalia 

Genre: History/Nonfiction
The Other Side of Silence

Source: Goodreads



As a feminist Indian writer, Urvashi Butalia is a strong supporter of the women’s movement and a lover of history. In 1947  a partition occurred between India and Pakistan affecting many people’s lives, changing them forever. This is where Urvashi Butalia comes in, she takes these people’s stories and brings them to light. Their experiences, letters, memoirs, interviews, and documents have been gathered together to tell their story. Bringing the reality and nightmares of the victims of India and Pakistan’s history.



5. Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai 

The Inheritance of Loss

Source: Goodreads

Genre: Psychological/ Fiction

Kiran Desai is an Indian author who won the 2006 Man Booker Prize for her novel Inheritance of Loss. Following Biju and Sai portrays middle-class Indian immigrants and their struggles of living in America while focusing on their Indian identity. With flawed and relatable characters this novel is an easy read that can tug at your heartstrings.






There are many books out there in the market and online you can research and read. Let me tell you, reading is not everyone’s; cup of tea. However, the true readers find the one which is right for them. But if reading is not your thing, don’t worry. You can watch some films based on novels. In conclusion, both ways can help you pass the time in a pandemic, but have wonderful stories to tell.

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