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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.