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This Is Not That Dawn (Jhootha Sach by Yashpal in Hindi, 1958-60 translated by Anand (2010) Considered the most towering writer since Premchand, Yashpal's novel published in two volumes, is set in pre-Partition Lahore. Life is normal in the Bhola Pande galli until prejudiced leaders stoke communal fires. This starts a chain of barbaric events. People flee their homes, millions die and women are the worst hit. Not only does the demographic change, life changes for the people forever

Greatest Indian Novels ever: part II

Samskara (in Kannada, 1965) by UR Ananthamurthy, translated by AK Ramanujan (1976) Ananthamurthy is one of the most important voices in the Navya (new) movement in Kannada. Last year, the writer was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for overall contribution to fiction. Samskara is the story of Naranappa, who lives in a community of Brahmins but rejects their way of life: he eats meat, lives with a prostitute.

Samskara (in Kannada, 1965) by UR Ananthamurthy, translated by AK Ramanujan (1976) Ananthamurthy is one of the most important voices in the Navya (new) movement in Kannada. Last year, the writer was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for overall contribution to fiction. Samskara is the story of Naranappa, who lives in a community of Brahmins but rejects their way of life: he eats meat, lives with a prostitute.

Weight Loss (2006) by Upamanyu Chatterjee This is the story of Bhola, a highly sexed boy from the age of 11 to 38. This book is about a lifetime of fetishes -

Weight Loss by Upamanyu Chatterjee This is the story of Bhola, a highly sexed boy from the age of 11 to This book is about a lifetime of fetishes -

A Fine Balance (1995) by Rohinton Mistry Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this novel set in Bombay during the Emergency is about Dina Dalal, a widow, who takes in a boarder in her flat in Bombay: Maneck, the young son of a friend. She also hires two tailors, Ishvar and his nephew Omprakash, for piecework. This is about how the four come together and form a sort of accidental family

A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry, absolutely loved this book, the three characters have never left me. Probably one of the best books I've ever read.

Umrao Jan Ada (in Urdu, 1893) by Mirza Hadi 'Ruswa', translated by Khushwant Singh and MA Husaini (1970) Some critics consider this as the first Urdu novel (novel, in the strict sense of the term novel). The memories of a girl kidnapped and sold to a kotha, and her life as a courtesan in 19th century Lucknow

Umrao Jan Ada: Courtesan of Lucknow (Mirza Mohammad Hadi Ruswa)

The Death Of Vishnu (2001) by Manil Suri  This debut novel by a mathematician was longlisted for the Booker and is about the spiritual journey of a dying man named Vishnu, working on a Bombay building

The Death Of Vishnu by Manil Suri This debut novel by a mathematician was longlisted for the Booker and is about the spiritual journey of a dying man named Vishnu, working on a Bombay building

Ravan & Eddie (1994) by Kiran Nagarkar  The Guardian named it one of the 10 best books about Mumbai, it is the story of two boys, Ravan and Eddie, growing up in a Bombay chawl in the '50s

Ravan & Eddie (1994) by Kiran Nagarkar The Guardian named it one of the 10 best books about Mumbai, it is the story of two boys, Ravan and Eddie, growing up in a Bombay chawl in the '50s