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Indian literature

I want to read some kind of Indian literature but I am having difficult finding something that takes place in the 20th century or later and that isn't a love story/arranged marriage story.

Any recommendations? I really don't know exactly what I'm looking for, but I'd rather have something that's more prosaic than heavily dependent on plot.


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Dec. 18th, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
Indra Sinha. The Death of Mr Love takes place partly in India and partly in England, and Animal's People takes place entirely in India. But Animal's People is really not a pleasant story (it was inspired by the Bhopal disaster and is pretty brutal in spots).

Shashi Tharoor is also good. Riot: A Love Story and Show Business are the two fiction books of his that I've read. Show Business is really much, much better if you watch Hindi movies/know about the Hindi movie industry, though.

You could also try Anita Nair, who I think is really interesting because she writes mainly about South India, which I know very little about compared to what I know about North India. Ladies Coupé has some stuff about marriage and love, but it's not really what the story is about. Mistress: A Novel and The Better Man also don't really focus on marriage. I haven't read anything else by her, though.
Dec. 18th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie.
Dec. 18th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
I'll second Rushdie and also specifically recommend Shalimar the Clown, specifically about Kashmir.
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Dec. 18th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Seconding "The God of Small Things."

E.M. Forster's "A Passage to India" is also very good. I don't know if you would, technically, consider it "Indian literature" as you requested, but it's an awesome book. One of my favorites.
Dec. 18th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
easy reads: amullya malladi [i have a feeling i butchered the spelling] and samina ali.
jhumpa lahiri is always a good choice, as well, but she deals mostly with indian-american, and i don't know if that's what you want.
rushdie is godly. "the moor's last sigh" is a headspin.
Dec. 18th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
"Dancing With Shiva".
Dec. 18th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Again, Rushdie. Midnight's Children is one of my favourite books, but if you want something set pre-20thC, there's The Enchantress of Florence.

Vikram Chandra - Red Earth, Pouring Rain. Set between 19thC Calcutta, and an Indian in 20thC USA.

Rohinton Mistry - A Fine Balance.

Dec. 18th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Does your icon show a girl with a tree growing out of her head, or a girl lying with her head in front of a tree? Just out of curiosity.
Dec. 18th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
An excellent book that I reviewed on my journal called The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. EXCELLENT. Here is the link to my review:
Dec. 18th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Anything by Jhumpa Lahiri.... Her short stories aren't always set in India but they do deal with characters of Indian heritage, often those struggling to find a place in America. The Namesake, her only novel, is also great. Much better than the movie (if you've seen that).
Dec. 18th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
i enjoyed Q&A very much.
Dec. 18th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
Vikram Seth is a marvelous author. ^^
Dec. 18th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
Dec. 18th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Aravind Adiga's novel The White Tiger just won the Booker. I haven't read it yet, but it sounds really good.
Dec. 18th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Anything by Salman Rushie, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (although if I remember right, has arranged marriage), and it's more of a YA book that I'm not sure is still available due to controversy of plagiarism, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, And Got A Life.
Dec. 19th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Shobhan Bantwal's The Dowry Bride or The Forbidden Daughter. They are both about how women struggle in india and love stories so im not sure if u would like those.

i would also recommend Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's ''Queen Of Dreams".
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