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Famous Novelists from India

Updated October 13, 2018 8.4k views94 items

List of notable or famous novelists from India, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in India and even some popular novelists who immigrated to India. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from India is included when available.

This list below has everything from Vikram Seth to Salman Rushdie.

This historic novelists from India list can help answer the questions "Who are some Indian novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from India?" These prominent novelists of India may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Indian novelists.

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    Abha Dawesar (born 1 January 1974) is an Indian-born novelist and visual artist writing in...  more
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    Altaf Fatima (Urdu: الطاف فاطمہ‎; 10 June 1927 – 29 November 2018) was a Pakistani Urdu...  more
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    Amit Chaudhuri (born 15 May 1962) is a novelist, poet, essayist, literary critic, editor,...  more
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    Amitav Ghosh (born 11 July 1956) is an Indian writer and the winner of the 54th Jnanpith...  more
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    Anita Desai, born Anita Mazumdar (born 24 June 1937) is an Indian novelist and the Emerita...  more
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    Anita Nair

    Age: 54
    Anita Nair (born 26 January 1966) is an Indian English-language writer....  more
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    Anjana Appachana is a novelist of Indian origin who lives in the United States. She has...  more
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    Suzanna Arundhati Roy (born 24 November 1961) is an Indian author best known for her novel The...  more

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    Ashok Kumar Banker (born 7 February 1964 in Mumbai, India) is an author and screenwriter. His...  more
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    Baby Halder (or Haldar) (born 1973) is an Indian author. Her most acclaimed work is her...  more
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    Balakumaran (5 July 1946 – 15 May 2018) was an Indian Tamil writer and author of over 200...  more
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    Bani Basu

    Age: 81
    Bani Basu (born 11 March 1939) is a prolific Bengali Indian author, essayist, critic, poet,...  more
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    Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

    Dec. at 56 (1838-1894)
    Bankimchandra Chatterjee or Bankimchandra Chatjee (27 June 1838–8 April 1894) was an Indian...  more
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    Bem Le Hunte (born 1964) is a British-Indian-Australian author whose internationally published...  more
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    Bharati Mukherjee (July 27, 1940 – January 28, 2017) was an Indian American writer and...  more
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    Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay

    Dec. at 56 (1894-1950)
    Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (listen ) (12 September 1894 – 1 November 1950) was an Indian...  more
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    Binod Bihari Verma

    Dec. at 66 (1937-2003)
    Binod Bihari Verma (1937–2003) was a Maithili writer, doctor and member of the military. He is...  more
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    C. P. Surendran was born in 1958. He is a poet, novelist and journalist from India....  more
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    Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (born Chitralekha Banerjee, July 29, 1956) is an Indian-American...  more
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    David Davidar (born 27 September 1958) is an Indian novelist and publisher. He is the author...  more
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    Dhan Gopal Mukerji

    Dec. at 46 (1890-1936)
    Dhan Gopal Mukerji (Bengali: ধন গোপাল মুখোপাধ্যায় Dhan Gōpāl Mukhōpādhyāy.) (6 July 1890 – 14...  more
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    Dharamvir Bharati

    Dec. at 71 (1926-1997)
    Dharamvir Bharati (25 December 1926 – 4 September 1997) was a renowned Hindi poet, author,...  more
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    Dilipkumar Roy

    Dec. at 83 (1897-1980)
    Dilipkumar Roy (22 January 1897 – 6 January 1980) was an Indian musician, musicologist,...  more
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    Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla is an American writer. He is most famous for his novel Ode to Lata...  more
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    Githa Hariharan

    Age: 66
    Githa Hariharan (born 1954) is an Indian writer based in New Delhi. Her first novel, The...  more