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The idea of India fascinates me. I learned European history and United States history in High School. World History was tacked on at the end of junior and senior year as kind of an addendum, but it was like a tasting menu of the rest of the world packed into a few months. The idea that all these other cultures had existed and thrived outside of Western culture was mind-boggling.

Indian literature differs from most of the other southeastern Asian literature, maybe because English colonization has given it a slightly European feel. Indian authors often write their novels in English. The first Indian novel that I really remember getting into was A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, a great big doorstop of a book. It was a great family saga that I couldn’t put down.

Recommended reading:

A Fine Balance and Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

Red Earth and Pouring Rain and Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

Memories of Rain by Sunetra Gupta

A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul

Caretaker: A Ranjit Singh Novel by A. X. Ahmad

Last Taxi Ride by A. X. Ahmad

Behind the Beautiful Forever’s: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Under city by Katherine Boo

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale by Chitra Banerjee

Tales from India: Stories of Creation and the Cosmos by Jamila Gavin

Case of the Man Who Died Laughing: A Vish Puri Mysery #1 by Tarquin Hall

Case of the Missing Servant: A Vish Puri Mystery #2 by Tarquin Hall

Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: A Vish Puri Mystery by Tarquin Hall

Case of the Love Commandos: From the files of Vish Puri, India’s most private investigator by Tarquin Hall

Born Confused by Tanuja Desaia

LowLand by Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of Maladies: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

No Land’s Man by Aasif Mandvi

Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott

Hundred- Foot Journey: A novel by Richard C Morais

Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Family Life: A novel by Akhil Sharma

Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

World We Found: A novel by Thrity Umrigar

Story Hour: A novel by Thrity Umrigar

Elephant’s Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India by Marcia Williams

And a link to a great little Buzzfeed site called 34 Books By Indian Authors That Everyone Should Read:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/andreborges/kitaabein

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