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When I read these books by Indian authors (from India) I enjoy them so much. The take me away to a land of fierce sunshine, monsoon rains, aromatic food stalls, brilliant fabrics, Bollywood, and families, religions and traditions. If you like audio books these authors sound wonderful too – they sound like their exotic country. Here is a list of some books by Indian authors (some live outside of India, some still live at least part-time in India):

Vikram Seth – A Suitable Boy, An Unequal Music, Sacred Games

Kiran Desai – The Inheritance of Loss

Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things

Roopa Farooki – Bitter Sweets, Corner Shop

Amitav Ghosh – The Hungry Tide

Vikas Swarup – Q and A (Slumdog Millionaire is based on this book)

Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance, Family Matter

Gregory David Roberts – Shantaram (not an Indian author, but he wrote a definitive book about India’s slums)

Manil Suri – The Death of Vishnu

Farahad Zuma – The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

Thrity Umrigar – The Weight of Heaven, The Space Between Us

Salman Rushdie – is very literary and his books are more difficult, not always sequential or realistic. These book probably get deeper if you know the Muslim faith well

Most accessible – The Ground Beneath Her Feet, The Moor’s Last Sigh

Also by Rushdie and also great – The Satanic Verses, Midnight’s Children, The Enchantress of Florence

There are many more wonderful Indian books. Most of these authors have pages dedicated to them on Amazon (in fact, probably they all have). Another time I will list some more titles which sound good, but which I haven’t yet read.

I think India may be America’s “soul mate.”