There’s no dearth of good authors in India many of whom have been successful in providing critically as well as publicly acclaimed books and novels. Be it fiction or non-fiction, the benchmarks have always been high. Comedy, romance, action, mystery, mythology, etc. are the famous genres that have seen an increase in readership in recent times. More than who is currently trending, it is imperative to appreciate the contribution of those who uncovered the hidden desire for reading in India’s general public and took books to every nook and corner of the country. Here’s a curated list of the top five Indian Authors who encouraged the country to pick up a book.
Rabindranath Tagore: Famously known as ‘Kabiguru’, Tagore needs hardly an introduction. The quality of his writing could be judged by the fact that in 1913, he became the first Non-European to win a Nobel Prize in Literature.He was the author of the common man as most of his stories were inspired by the lives of the ordinary people of India. His writing had the fine elegance of beautiful words that would attract the readers. Moreover, he was also a poet, painter, and scriptwriter. Some of his famous works include Kal Mrigya, Mayar Khela, Bhikarini, Kabuliwala, etc.
Chetan Bhagat: If there is anyone who made reading a habit for young India, he is undoubtedly Chetan Bhagat. He has several bestsellers to his name like 2 States, Five Point Someone and, The Three Mistakes of my life. Bhagat is credited by many international agencies as the bestselling English novelist in India. He was a banker before he realised his calling and shifted to the career of writing. Apart from writing books, he has written dialogues for many Hindi films and regularly writes columns for leading Indian newspapers. Also, many of his books have been converted into successful Bollywood films like 2 States, Half Girlfriend, Kai Po Che, etc. Chetan has the youth hooked to his words and the elders hooked to his articles and columns.
Khushwant Singh: The gritty author remembered for his humorous and sarcastic writings was a lawyer at the Lahore High Court for many years. He served the Indian government as well as International Organisations like the UNESCO. Singh’s first big writing breakthrough that brought him to the limelight and introduced to the masses came with his novel Train to Pakistan which was released in 1956. Having experienced the pain of partition, Khushwant had penned it down perfectly. He went on to write books like I shall not hear the nightingale (1959), The history of the Sikhs (1963), Delhi: A Novel (1990), etc.
Arundhati Roy: The fiery, gutsy, and intelligent author rose to fame with her debut novel, The God of Small Things, which fetched her the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997. She also wrote The Banyan Tree, a television serial. Roy has been well-known for her strong political views apart from her writing. She was a student of architecture before changing her field of work and following the passion of writing. Her other well-known novels include The end of imagination (1998), The Cost of living (1998), War Talk (2003), The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017), etc.
RK Narayan: This man was a magician of words. He was so articulate that the fictional town of Malgudi, where almost all his short stories were set, was considered to be real by viewers for a long time. RK worked as a teacher for some years before realising his potential as a writer. After he stepped into writing and published his first novel, Swami and friends, in 1935, he knew he had made the right decision by switching professions. This belief only got stronger as he continued delivering bestsellers after bestsellers some of which include The English teacher (1945), Waiting for the Mahatma (1955), The Guide (1958) among as many as 34 such novels.