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Indian English Novel Writers

Indian English Novel Writers

  • In the field of Indian English novel, the three senior writers who began to write in the early thirties are Mulkraj Anand, R.K. Narayan and Raja Rao.
  • Anand’s major novels Coolie (1933), Untouchable (1935), The Woman and the Cow (1960) reveal his concern for the underprivileged in India.
  • R.K. Narayan has projected ‘Malgudi’ as the locale for most of his stories. Swami and His Friends (1935), Bachelore of Arts (1937), The financial Expert (1952), The Gude (1959) are his popular novels. Raja Rao’s Kanthapura (1938), The Serpent and the Rope (1960) and The Cat and Shakespeare (1965) are significant achievements.
  • The first Indian novelist to make significant impact on the English Literary World was G.V.Desani.
  • His All About H.Hatter created quite a stir in London’s literary circles and as a result, back home as well.

M.Ananthanarayanan, Bhabani Bhattacharya, (who died in the U.S. in 1988), Manohar Malgonkar, Arun Joshi, Kamala Markandaya, Anita Desai (Clear Light of Day, 1980), Bharati Mukherjee, Khushwant Singh, Nayantara Sahgal, O.V. Vijayan and Salman Rushdie. As regards drama and the essay the contribution is not substantial. Among the critics and historians of literature are K.R Sreenivasa Iyengar, C.D. Narasimhaiah and M.K. Naik.

  • Other big names in Indo-Anglian writing include Ruskin Bong (The Room on the Roof), Vikram Seth (A Suitable Boy), Allan Sealy (The Trotter-Nama), Shashi Tharoor (Show Business, The Great Indian Novel), Amitav ghosh (Circle of Reason, Shadow Lines), Upamanyu Chatterjee (English, August), Vikram Chandra (Red Earth and Pouring Rain), Shobha De, and Ginu Kamani.
  • Indian writing has thrown up names of the caliber of Manjula Padmanabhan (The Harvest), Booker-winner Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things), Manju Kapur (Difficult Daughters), Raj Kamal Jha (The Blue Bed Spread), Anurag Mathur (The Inscrutable Americans), Manil Suri (The Death of Vishnu), Pulizer Prize winning Jhumpa Lahiri (The Interpreter of Maladies, The namesake), Kiran Desai (Hullabaloo In A Guava Orchard, Inheritance of Loss), Ruchira Mukherjee (Toad In My Garden), Shashi Tharoor (Riot: A Novel), David Davidar (A House of Blue Mangoes), Kavita Daswani (Everything Happens for A Reason) and Rohinton Mistry (Family Matters).
  • Some recent additions to the world of fiction include Salman Rushdies The Enchantress of Florence, Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies, Neel Mukherejee’s Past Continuous, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unavvustomed Earth, Manjula Padmanabhan’s Escape, Anuradha Roy’s An Atlas of Impossible Longings, Preeta Samarasan’s Evening is the Whole Day and Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger.
  • Recent Non-fiction works are Pallavi Aiyer’s Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China, Basharat Peer’s Curfewed Nights, Sudeep Chakravarti’s Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country, Chaturvedi Badrinath’s The Women of the Mahabharata, Arundohati Roy’s Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy and Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice.

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