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GaramChai's Featured Indian Authors >> Main Books >> Featured Indian Authors 

Featured Authors in this section:

Ruskin Bond

R K Narayan

Khushwant Singh

Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond was a long-time resident of Landour and Mussoorie (in the Himalaya mountains in India), well-known for his poetry, fiction, and weekly English-language columns in leading Indian newspapers. Some of his popular works include


Book Title: Cherry Tree

Amazon Review:"I loved this book! The passage of time passing and a young girl growing into a young woman is mirrored in the growth of her cherry tree, which she planted as from a pit when she was 6. ..."

Some of the popular books by Ruskin Bond include :

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R K Narayan

R. K. Narayan was born in Madras in 1906 and educated there and at Maharajah's College in Mysore. He has lived in India ever since, apart from his travels. Most of his work, starting from his first novel Swami and friends (1935) is set in the fictional town of Malgudi which at the same time captures everything Indian while having a unique identity of its own. After having read only a few of his books it is difficult to shake off the feeling that you have vicariously lived in this town. Malgudi is perhaps the single most endearing "character" R. K. Narayan has ever created.

He has published numerous novels, five collections of short stories (A Horse and Two Goats, An Astrologer's Day, Lawley Road, Malgudi Days, and The Grandmother's Tale), two travel books (My Dateless Diary and The Emerald Route), four collections of essays (Next Sunday, Reluctant Guru, A Writer's Nightmare, and A Story-Teller's World), a memoir (My Days), and some translations of Indian epics and myths (The Ramayana, The Mahabharata, and Gods, Demons and Others).

In 1980, R. K. Narayan was awarded the A.C. Benson award by the Royal Society of Literature and was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1989 he was made a member of  the Rajya Sabha (the non-elective House of Parliament in India). He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for The Guide (1958).

R. K. Narayan's full name is Rasipuram Krishnaswami Ayyar Naranayanaswami. In his early years he signed his name as R. K. Narayanaswami, but apparently at the time of the publication of Swami and Friends, he shortened it to R. K. Narayan on Graham Greene's suggestion.

R. K. Narayan's Published Works include:

1935: Swami and friends
Bachelor of Arts
1938: The Dark Room
1939: Mysore
1945: The English Teacher
1947: An Astrologer's Day, and other stories
1949: Mr. Sampath - The Printer of Malgudi
1952: The Financial Expert
1953: Grateful to Life and Death
1955: Waiting for the Mahatma
1956: Lawley Road, and other stories
The Guide
1960: Next Sunday : sketches and essays
1961: The Man-Eater of Malgudi
1964: My Dateless Diary: An American Journey
1965: Gods, Demons, and others
1967: The Vendor of Sweets
1970: A Horse and two Goats, stories
1972: The Ramayana; a shortened modern prose version
1974: My Days
1974: Reluctant Guru
The Painter of Signs
1978: The Mahabharata: a shortened modern prose version
1980: The Emerald Route
Malgudi Days
1983: A Tiger for Malgudi
Under the Banyan Tree and other stories
1986: Talkative Man
1988: A Writer's Nightmare : selected essays
1989: A Story-Teller's World: Stories, Essays, Sketches
1990: The World of Nagaraj
1992: Malgudi Landscapes: the best of R.K. Narayan
1993: The Grandmother's Tale: three novellas
1993: Salt & sawdust : stories and table talk

Book Title: The Guide: A novel

Amazon Review:"Marvellously written book. Winner of the highest literary award in India, the Sahitya
Kala Academy Award, this book makes fascinating reading. Among the few books that I managed to finish on an overnight train journey without being able to put down. I am sure it would be a book that would be reread by all those who have read it once. Charecterisations that Narayan weaves for Rosy and Raju are just brilliant. The high point of the book is I think the transformation of Raju, unaware to himself, into a sort of hermit from the guide at the railway station that he used to be.This has come off so beautifully in the book. Quite worth putting your money into. The book was also made into a highly successful movie by the same name staring Dev Anand. This movie,many may not be aware, was also made in English and had its screenplay written by oscar winning screen writer Pearl Buck. "

Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh is perhaps India's best known journalist and critic of life, literature, sex and politics. His novel Train to Pakistan is considered an Indian classic, and his latest novel Delhi  has been hailed as a landmark in the history of Indian English fiction.

In his novel: Train To Pakistan, he  makes his readers share the individual problems of loyalty and responsibility faced by the principal figures in a little village on the frontier between India and Pakistan where the action takes place. In the summer of 1947, a train full of dead Sikhs stirs up a battlefield in the peaceful atmosphere of love and loyalty between the Muslims and the Sikhs. It is then left to Juggat Singh-the village gangster who is in love
with a Muslim girl- to redeem himself by saving many Muslim lives in a stirring climax.

Other books by Khushwant Singh include:

Train to Pakistan
Company of Women
From Mind to Super-Mind : A Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita by Khushwant Singh.
History of the Sikhs, vol 1: 1469-1839.Rep. with Corrections
History of the Sikhs. v2: 1839-1988. rep. with corrections
Hymns of Guru Nanak
I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale.
India : An Introduction
Japjee: Sikh Morning Prayer
My Bleeding Punjab
Need For A New Religion in India and Other Essays
Sex, Scotch & Scholarship
Sikhs Today
Uncertain Liaisons; Sex, Strife and Togetherness in Urban India
We Indians
Women and Men in My Life
Bride for the Sahib and Other Stories
The Courtesan of Lucknow
Delhi : A Novel
Gurus, Godmen & Good People
How the Sikhs lost their kingdom
Land of the Five Rivers
Malicious gossip
More malicious gossip
Ranjit Singh : Maharajah of the Punjab
Shri Ram: a biography
Tragedy of Punjab : Operation Bluestar & After by Kuldip Nayar, Khushwant Singh.





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