Famous Indian Non-Fiction Writers

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Ruskin Bond
(Writer)
Ruskin Bond
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Birthdate: May 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kasauli
Sahitya Akademi Award-winning children’s author Ruskin Bond is best known for creating the protagonist Rusty, modeled on his childhood in Dehradun and found in his books such as The Room on the Roof. Many of his books, such as The Blue Umbrella have been made into films. 
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Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
(Independence Activist, Reformer)
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
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Birthdate: May 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bhagur
Died: February 26, 1966

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was an Indian politician and independence activist. He formulated the Hindu nationalist philosophy of Hindutva and was a leading figure in the Hindu Mahasabha. He was known for his strong oratory skills and was an eloquent writer. He was initially charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi but was later acquitted.

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Amitav Ghosh
(Indian Writer Who Has Written Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction Works)
Amitav Ghosh
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Birthdate: July 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Jnanpith- and Padma Shri-winning author Amitav Ghosh is best known for his iconic bestselling books such as The Calcutta Chromosome and The Hungry Tide. Initially employed with the Indian Express, he later also wrote for publications such as The New Yorker. He is also a regular at international film festivals.

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Palagummi Sainath
(Indian Journalist and Author of the Book 'Everybody Loves a Good Drought')
Palagummi Sainath
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Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Ramon Magsaysay Award-winning journalist and the celebrated author of the book Everybody Loves a Good Drough, Palagummi Sainath mostly focuses on poverty and social inequality. He is also the man behind the People's Archive of Rural India and has also won honors such as Japan’s Fukuoka Grand Prize.

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V. R. Krishna Iyer
(Former Judge who became a pioneer of judicial activism)
V. R. Krishna Iyer
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Birthdate: November 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palakkad, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: December 4, 2014

Known widely as The People’s Judge, V. R. Krishna Iyer had been a Supreme Court judge for almost 8 years. A champion for human rights, he pioneered the practice of offering legal aid to underprivileged people. The Padma Vibhushan winner was also a sports lover.

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Vishnu Prabhakar
(Writer, Novelist)
Vishnu Prabhakar
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Birthdate: June 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Miranpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: April 11, 2009

Hindi author Vishnu Prabhakar created history when he became the first from his state Haryana to win a Sahitya Akademi award, a coveted literary award in India. Primarily known for his novels and stories, he had also penned poems. Awara Masiha and Ardhanarishwar remain two of his best-known works.

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Raghubir Singh
(Photographer)
Raghubir Singh
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Birthdate: October 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jaipur, India
Died: April 18, 1999

Raghubir Singh was an Indian photographer best remembered for capturing landscapes and the people of India. A self-taught photographer, Singh worked with popular publications like The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine, and Time. Singh is credited with reinventing the use of color during the early 1970s. His photographs are displayed in popular museums like the Museum of Modern Art.