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March 3, 2017

6 Amazing Female Writers of Indian Origin

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Anita Desai

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large on his works. – Virginia Woolf

When exceptional minds, filled with vivid imagination decide to pen down their ideas, a good book is born. Such is the quality of a good writer that s/he can turn a speck of snow into a huge castle; one small idea into an experience of a life time. The struggle for a writer is real, a notch higher if it is a women writer.

Female authors like Jane Austen, Jane Eyre and Bronte Sisters have given masterpieces. Jhumpa Lahiri’s exceptional work won her Pulitzer prize. These authors got their due credit but some didn’t. There are some amazing Indian women writers who have crossed the stereotypical boundaries to write exceptionally popular books.

Indira Goswami

She is a well known Indian writer with Sahitya Academy Award and Jnanpith Award to her name. She mainly wrote books in Assamese which were later translated in English. Her main aim was to highlight the communal issues of India through which she tried changing the society and uniting people for a better cause. Her best read book is “Pages Stained with Blood”, which deals with Sikh Riots and programs of Operation Blue Star and assassination of India Gandhi.

Anuja Chauhan

She is mainly known to write romantic novels, but distinguishes her work from others is the unique exploration of setting and characters. Her witty style of writing and good humour helps in highlighting the some hard hitting social problems. Her recent book “Those Pricey Thakur Girls” is great book for people looking for some light reading.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is and Indian-American author who became very popular for her books like “Palace of Illusions” and “Sister of my heart”. She is a gifted storyteller and she has exercised her qualities while writing books. “Palace of Illusions” is a grand rendition of Mahabharata through Draupadi’s view point. This unusual take on the epic makes her work a must read.

Anita Desai

She is a prolific Indian writer whose books have got the nominations for Booker Prize as many as three times. She is a winner of Padma Bhushan Award for Literature and Sahitya Academy Award. Her must read book is “In Custody” where she, very wittily, presents the life of a lecturer of a small town and problems that encircle him. This book was also nominated for Booker Price.

Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai, daughter of celebrated writer Anita Desai, is another great writer. Her novel “The Inheritance of Loss” won the 2006 Booker Prize. Her art of portraying the struggle human face in life has made her novels very realistic.

Mahashweta Devi

A famous writer, poet and a social activist, Mahashweta Devi has always worked for the upliftment of the backward societies of our country. Her book “Of Women, Outcasts, Peasants and Rebels” is a collection of short stories about the suffering and distressed characters. This is a very heart wrenching book aimed at making people aware of the dark facets of some section of societies.

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