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9 Novels By Female Indian Authors That You Ought To Read Once

“That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” ― Jhumpa Lahiri

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1. The Palace of Illusion by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Palace of Illusion / Via

Why you ought to read it: If you are into the ancient tale of the Mahabharata, then this redefined chronicle, told from the point of view of Panchaali, can be quite refreshing to read.

3. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake

Why you ought to read it: It's a book that can touch the hearts of not just immigrants, but all those who're away from their homeland, and have to deal with cultural and identity conflicts in their day-to-day lives.

4. Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna

Mrs. Funnybones

Why you ought to read it: Highlighting the everyday struggles of the working woman, this hilariously light novel is something readers from all walks of life can easily identify with.


5. Mahashweta by Sudha Murty

Sudha Murthy

Why you ought to read it: Murthy mirrors the ostracism often faced by Vitiligo patients in society. The prose beautifully projects the inner strength of a woman, who despite being loathed for her disease, never succumbs to the setbacks in her life.

6. Delayed Monsoon by Chitralekha Paul

Delayed Monsoon

Why you ought to read it: Delayed Monsoon is a simple tale that encourages women to courageously follow their dreams rather than neglecting them to meet family expectations.

7. The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai

The Village by the Sea

Why you ought to read it: Set in Thul, a tiny fishing village in Mumbai, Desai tells a tale of family love and survival, reminding one to always stay grateful towards life's simple gifts.

8. The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

The Twentieth Wife

Why you ought to read it: It captures the enchanting tale of the most controversial wife of Jahangir, Mehrunnisa, who trumped all obstacles and became an influential player in the Mughal empire. A must-read for all history buffs.