5 Fiction books that every fictional lover must read
These are the collection of fiction books written by the well known authors.
For every fictional lover, these should be added to their favorite collections of all time. So Let’s begin our list without any further discussions.
1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things is set in a small town of Kerala. It is a story of a particular family. The story begins with the return of a woman to her hometown to be reunited with her twin brother after a period of about 23 years. The narrative is told in the third person – often moving backward and forward in time. The novel presents three generations of women and their sufferings. In a country like India where the patriarchal system is very strong, women suffer mentally, physically and sexually.
This is such an interesting book for too many reasons to list here. The storyline itself, when laid out chronologically, is not necessarily that complicated, but due to the non-linear structure of the storyline and the pace that builds as the book draws to its conclusion, you never get bored. I would recommend this to any reader, whether you like to read a book in one sitting or just pick it up every now and again.
2. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The Inheritance of Loss is a literary masterpiece, and unquestionable in its flair for description, character scrutiny, and human emotion mastery. There is more to it than the story of these four individuals, it speaks of a military insurgency arising, awakening hatred and almost tearing that part of the region from India. It speaks of the attendant anguish-not only to these four people but to their neighbors as well, and how their spirits are put to test-the willingness to accept defeat and move on, and the desire to search for the truth, just like the book describes at the end;
“The five peaks of Kanchenjunga turned golden with the kind of luminous light that made you feel, if briefly, that truth was apparent. All you needed to do was to reach out and pluck it.”
3. Train To Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
Train to Pakistan is the highly acclaimed novel written by Khushwant Singh. Ever since India gained freedom from the British, many authors have explored the genre of 20th century post-colonial India. One of the first and perhaps the most well-known authors to do so is Khushwant Singh. His novel, ‘Train to Pakistan’ is set in 1947, just after independence and describes a small village in Punjab, near the Indo-Pak border. It is one of the few places where Sikhs and Muslims are still living in harmony. That is until a ghost train shows up at the local railway station.
Singh paints a picture so vivid one feels like a part of the surroundings. Despite the apparent gloomy theme of the novel, a feeling of hopefulness rather than despair persists. This is primarily because disturbing events are buffered by calming descriptions of the village and mental dialogues of the characters.
In less than 200 pages, Singh guides the readers through an anthropological and sociological journey into the past, with the lesson that– in a society torn by civil and religious wars, it is human relationships that eventually suffer. The novel inspired me to reflect on not just the struggle for Independence that occurred over 60 years ago, but also on the relevance of Singh’s message in today’s India- where communal issues still influence political and social movements.
Read it in English or read it in any language you like, but do read this heart-rending story of a forgotten time.
4. Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi
The mythological – historical – adventure – fiction series is all but immortalized as one of the trend changers amongst Indian books and Indian publishing as a whole. The series is creative, out-of-the-box and very much Indian. That exactly could be the reason why Amish is the latest rockstar of Indian writing in English.
The idea of a mythology being converted to a tale, enhanced and beautified for a mass appeal was interesting!
Shiva- The man whom legend turned into a God! -The concept was interesting!
Amish Tripathi, the author of the Shiva trilogy, namely The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras needs to be appreciated for three things –
One- a brave attempt at mythology with descriptions of epic proportions.
Second, characterizations and research- He is completely in sync with what and how the readers would want their heroes and antiheroes to be and has amplified the heroic in each of the characters, including even the mundane ones. The research is extensive and barring aside a few minor jarring notes in the backdrop in the first, seems pretty much possible and precise in the latter two on first look.
Thirdly – His farsightedness as far as the calculations of the far-reaching effects and impact of the book.
Amish portray the most non-Aryan God of the Hindu trinity in his best rockstar avatar. The concept is fresh, ideas brave and writing simple. The narrative is in pace and the book rushes through – pausing at the right places for the correct duration – and then riding out to a very pulsating end. The climax makes you wish the sequel was out, right away.
The greatest strength of the writer and the biggest positive of the series is its creativity. Amish is an excellent storyteller. He took tales that most Indians have grown with, gave them an earthy, logical twist, and added some well-researched dash of history put in a rockstar god as the protagonist.
The creativity. You see a considerable upward movement in the complexity of his language as the series has progressed. While in The Immortals of Meluha the language was plain and simple, it started getting knotty in The Secret of the Nagas and with The Oath of the Vayuputras , he definitely has moved on to a higher plain.
All in all a fitting end to one of the most innovative fiction to come up in recent times. In spite of the drag, you cannot take the magic of Shiva Trilogy or Amish’s storytelling away from it. Not to be missed at any cost. Recommended read.
5. Cuckold by Kiran Nagarkar
A period piece that is only occasionally riveting.
Some people create history, but some people remain as the catalyst that partially alters the course of history. But at the same time there won’t be any great heroic tales about them to confer. The chief protagonist in this novel is a person about whom we know nothing but that the fact that he was born, married and died. His only claim to fame was that he was betrothed to a princess who is most remembered and quoted woman in Indian History.
The backdrop is heady. There is Babur, ready to swoop in from Kabul to establish India’s best-known dynasty, the Mughals and Mewars.
How a small, not particularly enthusiastic force defeated the combined armies of Mewar, then the most powerful kingdom of the north is the stuff of major historical investigation.
But Nagarkar has his sights set elsewhere. He turns his attention to Maharaj Kumar Bhoj Raj, the brooding, introspective elder son of Rana Sangha. Through his eyes and his musings, he weaves a tale, periodically fascinating but often pedantic, of the goings-on in this Rajput kingdom.
No doubt, it’s a patient read but a must read for history lovers.
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