Adding One Work of Indian Lit in English (Amir Hussain, Fall 2006)

Compiled by: Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University

Original prompt: “if you were putting one literary work from India (in English or available in English translation) on a list of the world’s great literature about religion (it doesn’t have to be exclusively about religion, but should deal in some way with religion), what would you choose?” “If you had your students read one work of fictional literature about India from the past century, what would it be?”


Tissa Abeysekara, Bringing Tony Home

Mulk Raj Anand, Untouchable

S. L. Bhyrappa, The Uprooted: Translation of the Original Novel

Vamshavriksha in Kannada

Upamanyu Chatterjee, English, August

Ismat Chughtai, The Crooked Line

Kiran Desai, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Sunil Gangopadhyay, Sei Samay [Those Days]

Attiya Hosain, Phoenix Fled

Qurratulain Hyder, River of Fire

Arun Kolatkar, Jejuri

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

Saadat Hasan Manto, Mottled Dawn

K. Markandaya, Nectar in a Sieve

Gita Mehta, Karma Cola or A River Sutra

Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance

U. R Anantha Murthy, Samskara

V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas

R. K. Narayan, Waiting for the Mahatma or The Guide

Raja Rao, The Serpent and the Rope or Kanthapura

Arundathi Roy, The God of Small Things

Salman Rushdie, Midnights Children

Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West, editors, Mirrorwork

Mirza Ruswa, Umrao Jan Ada

Shyam Selvadurai, Funny Boy or Cinnamon Gardens

Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy

Bapsi Sidwa, Cracking India

Kushwant Singh, Train to Pakistan

A. Sivanandan, When Memory Dies

Manil Suri, The Death of Vishnu