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List of the most popular authors from India, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Indian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Indian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List authors include S. Krishnaswami Aiyangar, Bhai Vir Singh and many additional authors as well.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from India?" and "Who are the best Indian authors?"

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Rajyalakshmi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from India
Rajyalakshmi is an actress.

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Dilip Hiro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from India
Desert Shield to Desert Storm, The longest war, Three Plays: To Anchor a Cloud : Apply Born in the Indian sub-continent, Dilip Hiro was educated in India, Britain and America, where he received a Master's degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He then ...more

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Kavi Pradeep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from India
Pradeep is a film score composer.

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Rajneesh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from India
Get out of your own way!, The sun behind the sun behind the sun, The book of the secrets Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Acharya Rajneesh from the 1960s onwards, as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh during the 1970s and 1980s, and as Osho from 1989, was an Indian mystic, guru and spiritual ...more

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Muhammad Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from India
Persian Psalms, Message from the East, The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam Sir Muhammad Iqbal, widely known as Allama Iqbal, was an academic, poet, barrister, philosopher, scholar mystic and politician in British India, who is widely regarded as having inspired the ...more

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Mirza Rafi Sauda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from India
Mirza Rafi Sauda Mirza Muhammad Rafi 'Sauda' was an Urdu poet in Delhi, India. He is known for his Ghazals and Urdu Qasidas.

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Masti Venkatesha Iyengar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from India
Short stories, Chikkaveera Rajendra Maasthi Venkatesa Iyengar was a well-known writer in Kannada language. He was the fourth among Kannada writers to be honored with the Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honor conferred in ...more

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Satyajit Ray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from India
Bhuswargo Bhayankar, Feludar Goendagiri, Badshahi Angti Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker. He is considered as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of ...more

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Sri Aurobindo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from India
Savitri; a legend and a symbol, The Mother, The Problem of Rebirth Sri Aurobindo, born Aurobindo Ghose, was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet. He joined the Indian movement for independence from British rule, for a while became one of its ...more

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P. Bhaskaran is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from India
Pulloottupadathu Bhaskara Menon, better known as P. Bhaskaran, was a famous Malayalam poet and lyricist of Malayalam film songs. He penned more than 3000 songs for about 250 films. He also ...more

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Paramahansa Yogananda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from India
Autobiography of a Yogi, The science of religion, Wine of the mystic Paramahansa Yogananda or Paramhansa Yogananda, born Mukunda Lal Ghosh, was an Indian yogi and guru who introduced millions of westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his ...more

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Sri Chinmoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from India
The Inner Promise, Gorbachev, Union-vision Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, better known as Sri Chinmoy, was an Indian spiritual master who taught meditation in the West after moving to New York City in 1964. Chinmoy established his first meditation ...more

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Abul A'la Maududi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from India
Islamic Way of Life, Qadiani Problem, Towards Understanding Islam Abul Ala Maududi, was a South Asian scholar, philosopher, journalist, Islamist and Imam. He was one of the most influential Muslim scholars and imams of the 20th-century. His numerous works were ...more

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Kartar Duggal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from India
Maiṃ to prema dīwānī, Ikarārāṃ wālī rāta, Merīāṃ sreshaṭa kahāṇīāṃ Kartar Singh Duggal was a writer.

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Deepak Chopra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from India
Weight Loss, Perfect weight, Cuerpos sin edad Deepak Chopra is an Indian-born American author and public speaker. He is an alternative medicine advocate and a promoter of popular forms of spirituality, who has been described by the New York ...more

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Jhumpa Lahiri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from India
Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian American author. Lahiri's debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake, was ...more

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Sunil Gangopadhyaya is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from India
Śājāhāna o tāra nijasva bāhinī, Dekhā halo bhālobāsā bedanāẏa, Anyāẏa khelā Sunil Gangopadhyay or Sunil Ganguly, was a Bengali poet and novelist. Born in Faridpur, Bangladesh, Gangopadhyay obtained his Master's degree in Bengali from the University of Calcutta, In 1953 ...more

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C. K. Prahalad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from India
The New Age of Innovation, The multinational mission, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad was the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in the University of Michigan, ...more

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Jagadish Gupta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from India
Jagadish Gupta was an Indian poet, novelist and short story writer. Known for his realistic view of life, strange character portrayal and unique narrative style, he was one of the major ...more

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Qurratulain Hyder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from India
Akhire Shab Ke Humsafar Qurratulain Hyder was an influential Indian Urdu novelist and short story writer, an academic, and a journalist. One of the most outstanding literary names in Urdu literature, she is most known ...more

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Nirad C. Chaudhuri is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from India
The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian, Thy Hand, Great Anarch! Nirad C. Chaudhuri was a Bengali−English writer and man of letters. He was born in 1897 in Kishoreganj, then part of Bengal in British India, now in Bangladesh. Chaudhuri authored numerous works ...more

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Javed Akhtar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from India
Javed Akhtar is a poet, lyricist and scriptwriter from India. Akhtar is a mainstream writer and some of his most successful work was carried out with Salim Khan as half of the script-writing duo ...more

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Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from India
The bride's mirror Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi, also known as "Diptee" Nazir Ahmad, was an Urdu writer, social and religious reformer, and scholar. He arranged his own marriage to Abd ul-Khaliq's granddaughter.

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Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from India
Shah Jo Risalo Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai was a noted Sindhi Sufi scholar, mystic, saint, and poet, widely considered to be greatest Muslim poet of the Sindhi language. His collected poems were assembled in the ...more

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Sajjad Zaheer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from India
Syed Sajjad Zaheer was a renowned Urdu writer, Marxist thinker and revolutionary.

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Josh Malihabadi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from India
Josh Malihabadi was a Pakistani poet. He was an Indian citizen until 1958, when he emigrated to Pakistan and became a Pakistani citizen. He wrote ghazals, nazm and Marsias under the takhallus

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Altaf Fatima is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from India
The one who did not ask Altaf Fatima is an Urdu novelist, short-story writer, and teacher. Her novel Dastak Na Do is regarded as one of the defining works in the Urdu language. An adaptation was presented on Pakistan ...more

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Jagan Nath Azad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from India
Jagan Nath Azad was a renowned Urdu poet, writer and academician. A literary giant, Azad penned over 70 books, including poetry collections, epic poems, biographies and travelogues. He was an ...more

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Ahmed Abdullah Masdoosi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from India
Ahmad Abdullāh al- Masdūsī was a Pakistani activist and lawyer. He was very active in social welfare, and community improvement activities. He was one of the founders of “Anjuman Islah Maashira” ...more

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Ashraf Ali Thanwi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from India
Perfecting Women Ashraf 'Ali Thanwi was an Indian scholar of the Deobandi school whose religious contributions are still useful to Deobandi scholars.

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Faqir Abdul Raheem Garhori is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from India
Shaikh Abdul Raheem Garhori was a sufi Saint and Poet of the Sindh. Shaikh Abdul Raheem Garhori belonged to the Mangrio-tribe and his father's name was Sadullah Mangrio.

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Gulzar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from India
Raavi paar and other stories, Meera, Mirza Ghalib A Biographical Scenatio Sampooran Singh Kalra, known popularly by his pen name Gulzar, is an Indian poet, lyricist and film director. Born in Jhelum District in British India, his family moved to India after partition. ...more

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Tallapragada Subba Row is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from India
Discourses on the Bhagavat Gita 1888, Consciousness and Immortality, Collection of Esoteric Writings Tallapragada Subba Row was a Theosophist from a Hindu background and originally worked as a Vakil within the Indian justice system. His primary instructors in this field were Messrs. Grant and ...more

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Abid Ali Abid is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from India
Syed Abid Ali Abid was an Urdu and Persian poet and educator who was born on 17 September 1906 in Dera Ismail Khan, British India and died in Lahore, Pakistan on 20 January 1971.

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Rabindranath Tagore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from India
The Gardener, Gitanjali, Chokher Bali Rabindranath Tagore, also written Rabīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in ...more

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Anand Bakshi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from India
Anand Bakshi was a popular Indian poet and lyricist.

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Amrita Pritam is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from India
Uha ādamī, Tīsarī aurata, Kāla cetanā Amrita Pritam was an Indian writer and poet, who wrote in Punjabi and Hindi. She is considered the first prominent woman Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist, and the leading 20th-century poet ...more

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Girish Karnad is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from India
Añju mallige, Hiṭṭina hunja, The Dreams of Tipu Sultan Girish Raghunath Karnad is a contemporary writer, playwright, screenwriter, actor and movie director in Kannada language. His rise as a playwright in 1960s, marked the coming of age of modern ...more

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Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from India
Raga mala Ravi Shankar, his name often preceded by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician who was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century as well as a ...more

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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from India
The Essential Gandhi, The quintessence of Gandhi in his own words, The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and ...more

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Mahasweta Devi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from India
Outcast, Chotti Munda and his arrow, Five Plays Mahasweta Devi is an Indian social activist and writer.

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Balraj Sahni is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from India
Balraj Sahni, born Yudhishthir Sahni, was a noted Indian film and stage actor, who is best known for Dharti Ke Lal, Do Bigha Zameen, Kabuliwala and Garam Hawa. He came from Bhera, now in Punjab, ...more

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Munshi Premchand is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from India
Pratijñā, Deliverance and other stories, The world of Premchand Premchand, better known as Munshi Premchand, Munshi being an honorary prefix, was an Indian writer famous for his modern Hindustani literature. He is one of the most celebrated writers of the ...more

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Ruskin Bond is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from India
A Flight of Pigeons, Angry river, Leopard on the Mountain Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. The Indian Council for Child Education recognised his pioneering role in the growth of children's literature in India, and awarded him the ...more

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M. T. Vasudevan Nair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from India
Gōpuranaṭayil, Kaalam, Randamoozham Madathil Thekkepaattu Vasudevan Nair, popularly known as MT, is an Indian author, screenplay writer and film director. India Today says that he is a prolific and versatile writer in modern ...more

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Neelesh Misra is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from India
End of the line Neelesh Misra is a film score composer and lyricist.

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Jiddu Krishnamurti is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from India
The First and Last Freedom, Krishnamurti's Notebook, At the Feet of the Master Jiddu Krishnamurti was an Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and ...more

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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from India
Towards a New World, The Creative Life, Indian religions Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President of India and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967. One of India's most distinguished ...more

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Mulk Raj Anand is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from India
The Village, Untouchable, Coolie Mulk Raj Anand was an Indian writer in English, notable for his depiction of the lives of the poorer castes in traditional Indian society. One of the pioneers of Indo-Anglian fiction, he, ...more

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Mirza Ghalib is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from India
Diwan-e-Ghalib, Sāz-i Avadhī men̲ nag̲h̲mah-yi G̲h̲ālib, Inshā-yi G̲h̲ālib Ghalib born Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, on 27 December 1797 – died 15 February 1869, was the preeminent Indian Urdu and Persian poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire. He used his ...more