Friday, 4 May 2018

Top 5 Books by Indian Female Authors




1) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Booker Prize winner ‘God of Small Things’ is a story about two children, Esthappen and Rahel. This was Arundhati Roy's debut novel, in which she throws light on certain facets of life in Kerala, highlighting issues of caste system, Keralite Syrian Christian lifestyle and communism. Esthappen and Rahel at a very young age come to learn about horrifying truth of life, as they are being tortured and blamed for every misfortune.
Their less than perfect life gets infected by unexpected events. Though the novel begins with Esthappen and Rahel, most of its part holds wider stories of the political events shaping the state, their parents and relatives. The darker undertones in the life of twins get more evident, as secrets, bitterness and lies destroy their world. The heat-aching story of two innocent young children will surely keep you hooked till the end and leave you searching for more.
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2) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Join Ashima in her journey through complex Indian situations
Namesake is the brainchild of Jhumpa Lahiri. The story unfolds with Ashima’s grandmother coming to know that Ashima is pregnant. She was very excited when she came to know this and extremely happy as well on the fact that she would have the opportunity to name the family’s first Sahib. As the story unfolds, Ashima and her husband Ashok have yet not decided a name for their baby until a letter arrives from their grandmother.
Join Gogol as he faces the stigma of his name and the situations that he faces
Ashima’s father sends a letter to Baby Boy Ganguli, actually putting up the name as 'baby boy’. But the American bureaucracy demands a name. In a hurry, they put the name 'Gogol’ not realizing the harsh consequences that this name would have in the future. As time passes, Gogol is raised in suburban America. As he grows, he finds his name ridiculous and is reluctant to us it. His awkward name twitches him. He decides to leave behind the inherited values of Bengali lifestyle and starts on his path to find a good life and comes face to face with conflicting loyalties, love and loss along the way.
Will Gogol survive the torture and make a name for himself?
Gogol finds his way through complex situations and still dreams of a perfect life. Grab the book to find out how he goes along his path and will he survive with the stigma of his name?

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3) Fire on the Mountain by Anita Desai
One of the finest English language novelists of modern times.’ daily telegraph one are the days when nanda kaul watched over her family and played the part of vice - chancellor’s wife. Leaving her children behind in the real world, the busier world,she has chosen to spend her last years alone in the mountains in kasauli, in a secluded bungalow called carignano. Until one summer her great - grand daughter raka is dispatched to casual – and everything changes. Nanda is at first dismayed at this break in herpreciously acquired solitude. Fiercely taciturn, raka is, like her, quite untamed. The girlprefers the company of apricot trees and animals to her great - grandmother’s, and spendsher afternoons rambling over the mountainside. But the two are more alike than they know. Throughout the hot, long summer, nanda’s old, hidden dependencies and wounds come to the surface, ending, inevitably, in tragedy. Marvelous yet restrained, fire on the mountain speaks of the past and its unshakable hold over the present.‘Beautifully accomplished and memorable… she has the ability to shape and refine apiece of her own intense imagination into an independent work of art.’ The Times
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4) Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. Kiran Desai's brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.

5) The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half-history, half-myth, and wholly magical; narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the five Pandava brothers, we are -- finally -- given a woman's take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata Tracing Panchaali's life -- from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and Panchaali's secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy --The Palace of Illusions is a deeply human novel about a woman born into a man's world -- a world of warriors, gods and the ever manipulating hands of fate. 

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