Writing in any secondary language is very tough, especially when there is a healthy competition among the native language writers. Sometimes, their work becomes tricky and hard to get expertise in it. Though English is the mandatory language in Indian schools, still it is a foreign language. And when it comes to going into the depth of the language, complete knowledge is required. Even though many Indian authors have been doing tremendous job in English and writing some masterpieces. They have not only gained fame in their land but also across the nations and continents. Here I am depicting some of the best Indian authors of English as follows:
Arundhati Roy is a political activist and author. She won Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997 for her novel The God of Small Things. The language she used in the novel was praised by the prominent English authors.
She is the daughter of another popular Indian author Anita Mazumdar Desai. Kiran got popularity worldwide after producing an award winning novel The Inheritance of Loss that was honored with Booker Prize in 2006.
Anita Mazumdar Desai
Anita Desai is known for her magical writing style. Though she has not won Booker Prize like her daughter Kiran Desai, she was nominated for it thrice. Her best works include Fire on the Mountain, Clear Light Of Day and Cry The Peacock.
In his debut novel The White Tiger itself he won Man Booker Prize in 2008. Aravind started his career as financial journalist. His other novels include Last Man in Tower and Between The Assassinations.
The author is popular for his novels The Oath of the Vayuputras, The Secret of the Nagas and The Immortals of Meluha. These books consist of the Shiva Trilogy.
Amitav Ghosh is known for English fiction writing. He is a Bengali author who produced a number of award winning books like The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, Sea of Poppies, etc.
Vikram Seth is a poet and novelist. He has been honored with many commendable awards like WH Smith Literary Award, Padma Shri, Crossword Book Award and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman. His works include:
Novels: A Suitable Boy, The Golden Gate, An Equal Music
All You Who Sleep Tonight
The Humble Administrator’s Garden
Three Chinese Poets
Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay in 1947. His novel Midnight’s Children won Booker Prize in 1981. His other commendable works include Shalimar the Clown, The Satanic Verses, etc.
Jhumpa Lahiri started winning awards from her first short story collection itself. For her debut collection (Interpreter of Maladies), she was awarded with the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction award. Jhumpa’s novel The Namesake was screened for the popular movie with the same name.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra is an author, poet and professor. In 1995 her short story collection namely Arranged Marriage received an American Book Award. She also won other awards like Light of India Jury’s Award for Journalism and Literature (2011), Distinguished Writer Award from the South Asian Literary Association (2007), Mistress of Spices shortlisted for The Orange Prize (1997), etc.