10 Best Books Written by Indian Women That Everyone Should Read
Arundhati Roy broke records around the world when, in 1997, her story of forbidden love, betrayal, and social discrimination amongst fraternal twins in The God of Small Things won the Man Booker Prize, rapidly becoming the biggest-selling novel by an Indian author. Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies followed three years later with the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, selling 15 million copies worldwide. With international acclaim came hope and strength to the masses of Indian women who, for many years had little to no voices to identify with. As a member of the model minority myself, I had no idea what I was missing out on till I read Lahiri's life-changing book The Namesake when I was 16. I had never connected to a novel's core themes on a deeper level — it was an empowering story in its cultural familiarity. The books ahead are beautifully written by strong, Indian women — each embodies a core value of our culture, background, and homeland told through binge-worthy stories.