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Famous Authors from India

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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?"

For further information on these historic Indian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Indian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
  • 1
    Rajyalakshmi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from India
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    Dilip Hiro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Dilip Hiro

    Desert Shield to Desert Storm, The longest war

    BirthplaceLarkana, Pakistan

    NationalityIndia, United Kingdom

    Born in the Indian sub-continent, Dilip Hiro was educated in India, Britain and America, where... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Kavi Pradeep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from India
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  • 4
    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

    BirthplaceRaisen district, India



    Rajneesh (born Chandra Mohan Jain, 11 December 1931 – 19 January 1990), also known as Acharya... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #751 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time#1336 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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    Muhammad Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Muhammad Iqbal

    Persian Psalms, Message from the East

    BirthplaceSialkot, Pakistan


    NationalityBritish Raj

    Sir Muhammad Iqbal (; Urdu: محمد اِقبال‎; 9 November 1877 – 21 April 1938), widely known as... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #7 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time#322 of 350 The Most Important Leaders In World History

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    Mirza Rafi Sauda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from India
    Mirza Mohammad rafi 'Sauda' (Urdu: مِرزا مُحمّد رفِیع سَودا ‎), (1713–1781) was an Urdu poet... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Masti Venkatesha Iyengar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Masti Venkatesha Iyengar

    Short stories, Chikkaveera Rajendra

    BirthplaceHosahalli, India



    Maasthi Venkatesha Iyengar (6 June 1891 – 6 June 1986) was a well-known writer in Kannada... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Satyajit Ray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Satyajit Ray

    Bhuswargo Bhayankar, Feludar Goendagiri

    BirthplaceKolkata, Kolkata district, West Bengal, Eurasia, East India



    Satyajit Ray (Bengali pronunciation: [ˈʃɔtːodʒit ˈrai̯] (listen); 2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992)... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #96 of 742 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#53 of 139 The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

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    Sri Aurobindo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Sri Aurobindo

    Savitri; a legend and a symbol, The Mother

    BirthplaceKolkata, Kolkata district, West Bengal, Eurasia, East India



    Sri Aurobindo (born Aurobindo Ghose; 15 August 1872 – 5 December 1950) was an Indian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #104 of 191 Freedom Fighters of India#14 of 34 The Best Indian Poets of All Time

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    P. Bhaskaran is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from India
    Pulloottupadathu Bhaskaran alias as P. Bhaskaran (21 April 1924 – 25 February 2007), was a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Paramahansa Yogananda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Paramahansa Yogananda

    Autobiography of a Yogi, The science of religion

    BirthplaceGorakhpur, India


    NationalityIndia, United States of America

    Paramahansa Yogananda (5 January 1893 – 7 March 1952), or Paramhansa Yogananda, born Mukunda... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    #35 of 213 Famous Supernatural Writers#17 of 26 Celebrities Who Practice Hinduism

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    Sri Chinmoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Sri Chinmoy

    The Inner Promise, Gorbachev

    BirthplaceChittagong District, Bangladesh



    Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, better known as Sri Chinmoy (27 August 1931 – 11 October 2007), was an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Abul A'la Maududi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Abul A'la Maududi

    Islamic Way of Life, Qadiani Problem

    BirthplaceAurangabad, India


    NationalityPakistan, India

    Syed Abul A'la Maududi (Urdu: ابو الاعلی مودودی‎ – alternative spellings of last name... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Kartar Duggal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Kartar Duggal

    Maiṃ to prema dīwānī, Ikarārāṃ wālī rāta

    BirthplaceRawalpindi District, Pakistan


    NationalityPakistan, India

    Kartar Singh Duggal (1 March 1917 – 26 January 2012) was an Indian writer who wrote in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Deepak Chopra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Deepak Chopra

    Weight Loss, Perfect weight

    BirthplaceNew Delhi, India


    NationalityIndia, United States of America

    Deepak Chopra (; Hindi: [d̪iːpək tʃoːpraː]; born October 22, 1946) is an Indian-born American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Best Deepak Chopra Books#13 of 32 The Most Powerful People on Twitter

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    Jhumpa Lahiri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Jhumpa Lahiri

    Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom


    NationalityIndia, United States of America

    Nilanjana Sudeshna "Jhumpa" Lahiri (born July 11, 1967) is an American author of Indian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Sunil Gangopadhyaya is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Sunil Gangopadhyaya

    Śājāhāna o tāra nijasva bāhinī, Dekhā halo bhālobāsā bedanāẏa

    BirthplaceFaridpur District, Bangladesh



    Sunil Gangopadhyay or Sunil Ganguly, was a Bengali poet and novelist. Born in Faridpur,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    C. K. Prahalad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from India

    C. K. Prahalad

    The New Age of Innovation, The multinational mission

    BirthplaceEurasia, Coimbatore, India, Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu



    Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad (8 August 1941 – 16 April 2010) was the Paul and Ruth McCracken... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Jagadish Gupta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from India
    Jagadish Gupta (Bengali: জগদীশ গুপ্ত) (5 July 1886 – 15 April 1957) was an Indian poet,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Qurratulain Hyder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Qurratulain Hyder

    Akhire Shab Ke Humsafar

    BirthplaceAligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India



    Qurratulain Hyder (Urdu: قرّت العین حیدر | Hindi: क़ुर्रत-उल-ऐन हैदर ) (20 January 1927 –... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Nirad C. Chaudhuri is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Nirad C. Chaudhuri

    The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian, Thy Hand

    BirthplaceKishoreganj District, Bangladesh



    Nirad Chandra Chaudhuri, CBE (23 November 1897 – 1 August 1999) was an Indian English-language... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Javed Akhtar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from India
    Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is an Indian political activist, poet, lyricist and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from India

    Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi

    The bride's mirror


    NationalityPakistan, India

    Maulvi Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi, also known as "Deputy” Nazir Ahmad, was an Urdu novel writer,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from India

    BirthplaceHala, Sindh, Pakistan


    NationalityPakistan, India

    Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (also referred to by the honorifics: Lakhino Latif, Latif Ghot,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Sajjad Zaheer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from India
    Syed Sajjad Zaheer (Urdu: سید سجاد ظہیر‎) (5 November 1899 – 13 September 1973) was an Urdu... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button