List of English Novels and Short Stories Written by Indian Writers

The following is a list of English Novels and Short Stories/Fiction written by Indian Novelists /Writers:

Mulk Raj Anand (12th December 1905-28 September 2004)

Novels by Mulk Raj Anand:

  •     Untouchable (1935)
  •     Coolie (1936)
  •     Two Leaves and a Bud (1937)
  •     The Village (1939)
  •     Across the Black Waters (1939)
  •     The Sword and the Sickle (1942)
  •     The Big Heart (1945)
  •     The Private Life of an Indian Prince (1953)

R.K.Narayan (10th  October 1906-13th  May 2001)

Novels by R.K.Narayan:

  •     Swami and Friends (1935)
  •     The Bachelor of Arts (1937)
  •     The Dark Room (1938)
  •     The English Teacher (1945)
  •     Mr. Sampath (1948)-Adapted into a Tamil movie-“Miss.Malini”starring Pushpavalli and Kothamangalam Subbu, and the Hindi version of the movie, starring Padmini and Motilal was produced by the Gemini Studios


  •     The Financial Expert (1952)- Adapted into a Kannada movie-“Banker Margayya”
  •     Waiting for the Mahatma (1955)
  •     The Guide (1958)- Adapted into a Hindi Movie-named-“Guide”, directed by Vijay Anand and an English version of the movie also was made.
  •     The Man-Eater of Malgudi (1961)
  •     The Vendor of Sweets (1967)
  •     The Painter of Signs (1977)
  •     A Tiger for Malgudi (1983)
  •     Talkative Man (1986)
  •     The World of Nagaraj (1990)
  •     Grandmother’s Tale (1992)

Short stories collections by R.K.Narayan:

  •     Malgudi Days (1942)- Hindi Director-Shankar Nag adapted some of the  short stories, including ‘Swamy and Friends’ and ‘The Vendor of Sweets’  from “Malgudi Days” into Television Series.
  •     An Astrologer’s Day and Other Stories (1947)
  •     Lawley Road and Other Stories (1956)
  •     A Horse and Two Goats (1970)
  •     Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories (1985)
  •     The Grandmother’s Tale and Selected Stories (1994)

Khushwant Singh (2nd  February 1915-20th  March 2014)

Novels by Kushwant Singh:

  •  Train to Pakistan (1956)
  • I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale (1959)
  • Delhi: A Novel (1990)
  • The Company of Women (1999)
  • The Sunset Club (2010)
  • Maharaja in Denims (2014)

Short Stories by Kushwant Singh:

  • The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories (1950)
  • The Voice of God and Other Stories (1957)
  •  A Bride for the Sahib and Other Stories (1967)
  • Black Jasmine (1971)
  • The Collected Stories (1989)
  • Paradise and Other Stories (2004)
  • A Love Affair In London(2005)
  • The Portrait of a Lady (2009)

VS Naipaul-Born on 17th August 1932 (Age 83 years)

Novels by V.S.Naipaul:

  •     The Mystic Masseur  (1957) – Movie version: The Mystic Masseur (2001)
  •     The Suffrage of Elvira  (1958)
  •     Miguel Street  (1959)
  •     A House for Mr Biswas  (1961)
  •     Mr. Stone and the Knights Companion  (1963)
  •     The Mimic Men  (1967)
  •     A Flag on the Island  (1967)
  •     In a Free State  (1971) – Booker Prize
  •     Guerrillas  (1975)
  •     A Bend in the River  (1979)
  •     The Enigma of Arrival  (1987)
  •     A Way in the World  (1994)
  •     Half a Life  (2001)
  •     The Nightwatchman’s Occurrence Book: And Other Comic Inventions (Stories) – (2002)

Magic Seeds  (2004)

Ruskin Bond(Born on 19 May 1934-age 81 years)

Novels by Ruskin Bond:

  •     The Room on the Roof Bond (1956)-The First Novel written by Ruskin Bond when he was only 17 years old and the novel won ‘the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize’-1957
  •     With Love From Hills
  •     Vagrants in the Valley
  •     Angry River –Children’s Novel (1972)
  •     The Blue Umbrella (1980)
  •     The Sensualist(1999)
  •     A Flight of Pigeons(2003)
  •     Once Upon A Monsoon Time
  •     The India I love
  •     The Kashmiri Storyteller
  •     Delhi is Not Far
  •     Animal Stories
  •     Funny side up
  •     Maharani(2012)
  •     Tales of Fosterganj (2014)

Short Stories by Ruskin Bond:

  • The Panther’s Moon-Collection of 10 Short Stories(1969)
  • The Road To The Bazaar –Collection of 16 Short Stories(1980)

Anita Desai:Born on 24th June 1937 (Age 78 years)

Novels by Anita Desai:

  • Cry, The Pea Cock(1963)
  •     Voices in the City (1965)
  •     Bye-bye Blackbird (1971)
  •     The Peacock Garden (1974)
  •     Where Shall We Go This Summer? (1975)
  •     Cat on a Houseboat (1976)
  •     Fire on the Mountain (1977)-  Won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize-1978 and  Won the Sahitya Akademi Award (National Academy of Letters Award) -1978
  •    Games at Twilight (1978
  •     Clear Light of Day (1980)- Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction-1980
  •     The Village by the Sea (1982)- Won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize – 1983
  •     In Custody (1984)- Adapted by Merchant Ivory Productions into an English Movie in the same name in the year 1993, directed by Ismail Merchant with Screen Play by Shahrukh Hussain, starring Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Om Puri. The movie won the President of India Gold Medal for the Best Movie-1994- Shortlisted for the  Booker Prize for Fiction -1984
  •  Baumgartner’s Bombay (1988)
  • Journey to Ithaca (1995)
  •     Fasting, Feasting (1999)- Shortlisted, Booker Prize for Fiction-1999
  •     Diamond Dust and Other Stories (2000)
  •     The Zigzag Way (2004)
  • The Artist of Disappearance (2011)

 Kiran Nagarkar- Born  in the year  1942

Novels by Kiran Nagarkar:

  •    Seven Sixes are Forty Three (1974)
  •   Ravan and Eddie (1994)
  •    Cuckold(1997)
  •    God’s Little Soldier(2006)
  •     The Extras(2012)

Salman Rushdie-Born on 19th Juen 1947(Age 68 years)

Novels by Salman Rushdie:

  •     Grimus (1975)
  •     Midnight’s Children (1981)
  •     Shame (1983)
  •     The Satanic Verses (1988)
  •     The Moor’s Last Sigh (1995)
  •     The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999)
  •     Fury (2001)
  •     Shalimar the Clown (2005)
  •     The Enchantress of Florence (2008)

Short Stories by Salman Rushdie:

  •  Homeless by Choice Co-authors R.Jhabvala and V.S.Naipaul (1992)
  • East, West (1994)
  • The Best American Short Stories-As Guest Editor (2008)

Children’s books by Salman Rushdie:

  •     Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990)
  •     Luka and the Fire of Life (2010)

Manju Kapur Dalmia-Born in the year 1948(Age 66 years)

Novels by Manju Kapur:

  • Difficult Daughers (1998)-   Won the  Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, best first book, Europe and South Asia-1999
  • A Married Woman  (2003)
  • Home (2006)
  • The Immigrant(2008)
  • In Custody (2011)- Adapted into Television Serial named ‘Ye Hai Mohabbatein’ and was telecast daily on Star Plus Channel under Ekta Kapur’s Production House-‘Balaji Telefilms

Vikram Seth-Born on 20th June 1952(Age 63 years)

Novels by Vikram Seth:

  •     The Golden Gate (1986) –Awarded Sahitya Akademi Award in the year  1988
  •   A Suitable Boy (1993) –  Shortlisted for the ‘Irish Times International Fiction Prize-1994-Overall Winner for the Best Book  in the ‘Commonwealth Writers Prize’-1994 –WH Smith Literary Award-1994
  •    An Equal Music (1999)-  Crossword Book Award -1999 and EMMA (BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Award) for the Best Book/Novel-2001
  •     A Suitable Girl (upcoming)

Shashi Tharoor-Born on  9th March 1956

Novels by Shashi Tharoor:

  •     The Great Indian Novel (1989)
  •     The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories (1990)
  •     Show Business (1992)
  •     Riot (2001)

Amitav Ghosh-Born on 11th July 1956(59 years)

Novels by Amitav Ghosh:

  •     The Circle of Reason (1986)
  •     The Shadow Lines (1988)- Won the Sahitya Akademi Award & the Ananda Puraskar
  •     The Calcutta Chromosome (1995)- Won the Arthur C. Clarke Award -1997
  •     The Glass Palace (2000)- Considered for the Common Wealth Writers’ Prize and  Awarded the Best Novel in the Eurasina Section.  However, Amitav Ghosh withdrew his novel from the consideration for the prize, with his objections to the term “Common Wealth” and the unfairness of the English  Language requirement specified in the rules of the prize. Israeli Literary Award , the $ 1 million Dan David Prize
  •     The Hungry Tide (2005)
  •     Sea of Poppies (2008)- Shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize,  The co-winner of the Vodafone Crossword Book Award- 2009, The  co-winner of the Dan David Prize-2010
  •     River of Smoke (2011)- Shortlisted for Man Asian Literary Prize -2011
  •     Flood of Fire (2015)

Upamanyu Chatterjee-Born in the year 1959

Novels by Upamanyu Chatterjee:

  • English, August : An Indian story(1988)
  • The Last Burden(1993)
  • The Mammaries of the Welfare State- Sequel to English August (2000)-Awarded Sahity Academy Award in the year 2004
  • Way to Go (2011)- Shortlisted for the The Hindu Best Fiction Award

Aravind Adiga -Born on 23rd October 1974

Novels by Aravind Adiga:

  •     The White Tiger (2008)- Won the Booker Prize-2008
  •    Between the Assassinations(2008)
  •     Last Man in Tower (2011)

Short stories by Aravind Adiga:

  •     “The Sultan’s Battery” (The Guardian, 18 October 2008, online text)
  •     “Smack” (The Sunday Times, 16 November 2008, online text)
  •     “Last Christmas in Bandra” (The Times, 19 December 2008, online text)
  •     “The Elephant” (The New Yorker, 26 January 2009, online text)

Chetan Bagat- Born on 22nd April 1974

Novels by Chetan Bhagat:

  • Five Point Someone (2004)-Adapted into Hindi Movie in the year 2009, named ‘3 Idiots’, directed by Rajkumar Hirani,  starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Madhavan and Sharman Joshi and into Tamil Movie in the year 2012, named ‘Nanban’, directed by Shankar,starring Vijay, Jiiva, Srikanth,Ileana, Sathyaraj, Sathyan and S.J.Surya in Guest Role.
  • One Night @ the Call Center (2005)-Adapted into Hindi Movie in the year 2008,named ‘Hello’, directed by Atul Agnihotri, starring Sharman Joshi, Sohail Khan, Gul Panag, Isha Koppikar, Amrita Arora and Sharat Saxena in the lead roles and with  cameo roles from Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif who played themselves.
  •  The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008)-  Adapted into Hindi Movie in the year 2013, named ‘ Kai Po Che!’, directed by Abhishek Kapoor, starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh. Chetan Bhagat  won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Kai Po Che! at the 59th Filmfare Awards in January 2014.
  • 2 States (2009)-Adapted into Hindi Movie, in the year 2014, in the same name, directed by Abhishek Varman, produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala, starring  Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh, Ronit Roy, Tamil Actress Revathi and Shiv Kumar Subramaniam.
  •     Revolution 2020 –Love, Corruption, Ambition (2011)
  •     Half Girlfriend (2014) – Being adapted into a Hindi Movie,produced by Ekta Kapoor- To be

released in the year 2016.

Ravinder Singh –Born on 4th February 1982(33 years)
Novels by Ravinder Singh:

  •     I too had a love story I(2008)
  •     Can love happen twice? (2011)
  •     Love Stories That Touched My Heart (2012)
  •     Like it Happened Yesterday (2013)
  •     Your Dreams Are Mine Now (2014)
  •     Tell me a story (2015)

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