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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 45 Abha Dawesar is an Indian novelist writing in English. Dawesar is a Harvard graduate who was awarded a New York Foundation of the Arts fiction fellowship. She currently lives in New York City.

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Altaf Fatima is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 90 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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Amit Chaudhuri is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 57 Amit Chaudhuri, is an Indian English author and academic. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, India's highest literary honor, in 2002 for his novel A New World. He is currently Professor ...more

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Amitav Ghosh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 62 Amitav Ghosh, is a Bengali Indian author best known for his work in English fiction.

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Anita Desai is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 81 Anita Mazumdar Desai is an Indian novelist and the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a writer she has been shortlisted for the ...more

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Anita Nair is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 53 Anita Nair is an Indian English-language writer.

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Anjana Appachana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novelists from India
Anjana Appachana is a novelist of Indian origin who lives in the United States. She has written a book of short stories titled Incantations and a novel titled Listening Now.

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Arundhati Roy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 57 Suzanna Arundhati Roy is an Indian author who is best known for the 1998 Man Booker Prize for Fiction-winning novel The God of Small Things, which became the biggest-selling book by a ...more

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Ashok Banker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 55 Ashok Kumar Banker is the stepson of Sudhir.

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Baby Halder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 45 Baby Halder is an Indian domestic help and author, whose acclaimed autobiography Aalo Aandhari describes her harsh life growing up and as a domestic worker, later translated into 21 languages, ...more

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Balakumaran is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 72 Balakumaran is a Tamil writer, author of over 150 novels, 100 short stories, and dialogue/screenplay writer for over 14 films. He has also contributed to Tamil periodicals such as Kalki, Ananda ...more

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Bani Basu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 79 Bani Basu is a Bengali Indian author, essayist, critic and poet. She was educated at the well-known Scottish Church College and at the University of Calcutta. She began her career as a novelist ...more

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Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Novelists from India
Dec. at 56 (1838-1894) Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay; was a Bengali writer, poet and journalist. He was the composer of India's national song Vande Mataram, originally a Bengali and Sanskrit stotra personifying ...more

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Bem Le Hunte is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 55 Bem Le Hunte is a British-Indian-Australian author whose internationally published novels, The Seduction of Silence and There, Where the Pepper Grows have gained her numerous positive reviews ...more

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Bharati Mukherjee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 77 Bharati Mukherjee is an Indian-born American writer who is currently a professor in the department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Novelists from India
Dec. at 56 (1894-1950) Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay was an Indian Bengali author and one of the leading writers of modern Bengali literature. His best known work is the autobiographical novel, Pather Panchali, which ...more

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Binod Bihari Verma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Novelists from India
Dec. at 66 (1937-2003) Binod Bihari Verma was a Maithili littérateur by soul, medical doctor by profession and a defence officer by career. He is most noted for his pioneering work on Panjis, which are ancient ...more

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C. P. Surendran is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 63 C. P. Surendran is a poet, novelist and journalist from India.

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 63 Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an Indian-American author, poet, and the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Writing at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. Her short story ...more

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David Davidar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Novelists from India
age 60 David Davidar is an Indian novelist and publisher. He is the author of three published novels, The House of Blue Mangoes, The Solitude of Emperors and Ithaca. In parallel to his writing career, ...more

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Dhan Gopal Mukerji is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Novelists from India
Dec. at 46 (1890-1936) Dhan Gopal Mukerji was the first successful Indian man of letters in the United States and winner of Newbery Medal 1928. He studied at Duff School, and at Duff College, both within the ...more

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Dharamvir Bharati is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from India
Dec. at 71 (1926-1997) Dr. Dharamvir Bharati was a renowned Hindi poet, author, playwright and a social thinker of India. He was the Chief-Editor of the popular Hindi weekly magazine Dharmayug, from 1960 till his ...more

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Dilipkumar Roy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novelists from India
Dec. at 83 (1897-1980) Dilipkumar Roy was a Bengali Indian musician, musicologist, novelist, poet and essayist.He was son of Dwijendralal Ray. In 1965, the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, ...more

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Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Novelists from India
Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla born in Mombasa, Kenya, is a Los Angeles-based writer. He is most famous for his novel Ode to Lata published in 2002, that was adapted to a film in 2008 under the title The ...more

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Githa Hariharan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Novelists from India
Githa Hariharan age 65 Githa Hariharan is an Indian author and editor based in New Delhi. Her first novel, The Thousand Faces of Night, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 1993.