1. The Meluha Series (Amish Tripathi)Written by Amish Tripathi, this trilogy is about the transcendence of a man to that of God. The novel is about Lord Shiva himself, and is a web of mystery, mythology and suspense, spun together to create a world of wonder and amaze.
2. Midnight’s Children (Salman Rushdie)A satirical political novel, the story revolves around the life of 60 children, who were born in the arm of India’s freedom, 15th august 1947. Hence, in this novel, the political history of British India is shaped by these children who have special powers. The story is a narration from the point of view of Saleem Sanai, the protagonist.
3. The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)A novel that explores the full magnitude of human emotions through the tragic story of two fraternal twins, Roy proved herself to be a promising writer with this debut novel. It is a novel about love, loss and tragic circumstances.
4. The Palace of Illusions (Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni)A fictional retelling of the Mahabharata this book is a viewpoint of one of the most celebrated of mythological creatures, Draupadi. An epic which solely talks about the patriarch, Divakaruni gave voice to a creature who deserved to be heard, and whose story should be known. This novel is a beautiful poetic read.
5. The Great Indian Novel (ShashiTharoor)A contemporary retelling of the Mahabharata, ShashiTharoor, a celebrated writer and politician recasts the character of Mahabharata as the characters of freedom fighters like Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and even Jawaharlal Nehru in the British controlled India. A beautifully crafted novel that is satirical and witty, it draws parallels between a mythological; epic and incidents that happened in yesteryears which shows the brilliance of Tharoor as a literary figure.
6. The Shadow Lines ( Amitav Ghosh)Ghosh’s novel is test of memory and nostalgia and goes back and forth in time to tie together incidents that happened almost in the course of fifty to sixty years, retelling a few of the major events in Indian and world history.