Famous Indian Novelists

India’s contribution to the field of literature has been appreciated since time immemorial. From the classics of Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray, to the children stories of Ruskin Bond, the works of these eminent novelists have changed the perception of the world towards India. Unlike the age old adage of India being the ‘land of snake charmers’, these famous novelists have painted the real picture of the country, for the outside world to admire and acknowledge through their works. These novelists have created works on different literary genres and the modern day writers like Amish Tripathy, Devdutt Pattanaik, Kiran Desai and Manreet Sodhi Someshwar are not willing to be confined to the conventional themes of the past. These writers are raring to have a go at the unexplored literary genres and their efforts are duly recognized by the audiences globally. These Indian novelists have created a niche for themselves among the elite writers around the world. Here we have made an effort to present a collection of biographies on some of the famous Indian novelists. Explore through the collection to find all about their life stories, timelines and gear yourselves with some interesting trivia and facts related to them.

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 1 Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 7, 1941

Rabindranath Tagore was an Indian polymath who contributed greatly to the fields of literature, art, and philosophy. Referred to as the Bard of Bengal, Tagore is credited with reshaping Bengali literature and music. The first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore is also credited with composing the national anthems of India and Bangladesh.

 2 Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: March 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
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 3 Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Essayist
Birthdate: November 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 4 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
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Famous As: Independence Activist, Reformer
Birthdate: May 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian
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.

 5 Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Indian investment banker-turned-writer Chetan Bhagat is known for his bestselling novels such as Five Point Someone and One Night @ the Call Center. Many Bollywood movies, such as Kai Po Che! and 3 Idiots, have been adapted from his novels, with the former winning him a Filmfare Award.

 6 R. K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 10, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Died: May 13, 2001

 7 Munshi Premchand

Munshi Premchand
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Famous As: Novelist and Author
Birthdate: July 31, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 8, 1936
Indian author Dhanpat Rai Srivastava, better known by his pseudonym, Munshi Premchand, was one of the most celebrated Hindi-language writers of the 20th century. He initially wrote as Nawab Rai. Some of his greatest works include the novels Godaan, Idgah, and Karmabhoomi. He also wrote short stories and plays. 
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 8 Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 9 Kuvempu

Kuvempu
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 11, 1994

 10 Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh
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Famous As: Novelist, Lawyer, Journalist & Politician
Birthdate: February 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 20, 1999

 11 Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 31, 2005

 12 Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 13 Vaikom Muhammad Basheer

Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
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Famous As: Novelist, Screenwriter, Essayist, Writer, Diarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 21, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 5, 1994

 14 Sheela

Sheela
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 15 Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi
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Famous As: Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist, Educator, Short story writer
Birthdate: January 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 28, 2016

 16 Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Journalist
Birthdate: July 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 17 Na. Muthukumar

Na. Muthukumar
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 14, 2016

 18 Sagarika Ghose

Sagarika Ghose
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Famous As: Author, Journalist
Birthdate: November 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 19 Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik
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Famous As: Mythographer
Birthdate: December 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 20 Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk Raj Anand
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Birthdate: December 12, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: September 28, 2004

 21 Anita Desai

Anita Desai
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 22 Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: January 16, 1938

 23 Sujatha Rangarajan

Sujatha Rangarajan
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Died: February 27, 2008

 24 Raja Rao

Raja Rao
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Famous As: Author, Writer
Birthdate: November 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 8, 2006

 25 Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhya
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Birthdate: June 27, 1838
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
Died: April 8, 1894

 26 Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Film director
Birthdate: October 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 27 Nayantara Sahgal

Nayantara Sahgal
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: May 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 28 Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: September 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 29 Kusumagraj

Kusumagraj
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 27, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 10, 1999

 30 Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Nabaneeta Dev Sen
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 7, 2019

 31 Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra
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Famous As: author, journalist, literary critic, writer
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Nationality: Indian

 32 Kalki Krishnamurthy

Kalki Krishnamurthy
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: September 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 5, 1954

 33 Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: September 12, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 1, 1950

 34 Bharatendu Harishchandra

Bharatendu Harishchandra
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 9, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: January 6, 1885

 35 Chandrashekhara Kambara

Chandrashekhara Kambara
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Famous As: Film director, Poet, Writer
Birthdate: January 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 36 Poornachandra Tejaswi

Poornachandra Tejaswi
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Famous As: Author, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: April 5, 2007

 37 Ashfaq Ahmed

Ashfaq Ahmed
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Famous As: Philosopher, Literary critic
Birthdate: August 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: September 7, 2004

 38 Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian
Died: April 10, 1999

 39 Shashi Deshpande

Shashi Deshpande
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Famous As: writer, novelist, journalist, short story writer, children's writer
Birthdate: 1938 AD
Nationality: Indian

 40 Balakumaran

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 41 Yandamuri Veerendranath

Yandamuri Veerendranath
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: November 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 42 S. K. Pottekkatt

S. K. Pottekkatt
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Famous As: author, politician, diarist, poet
Birthdate: March 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 6, 1982

 43 Nirad C. Chaudhuri

Nirad C. Chaudhuri
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Famous As: Indian writer
Birthdate: November 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 1, 1999

 44 Anita Nair

Anita Nair
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter, Essayist, Children's writer
Birthdate: January 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

 45 O.V. Vijayan

O.V. Vijayan
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 2, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 30, 2005

 46 Ashok Banker

Ashok Banker
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Famous As: Author, Journalist, Literary critic
Birthdate: February 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

 47 Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian, American
Died: January 28, 2017

 48 Qurratulain Hyder

Qurratulain Hyder
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 21, 2007

 49 Nirmal Verma

Nirmal Verma
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Famous As: Linguist, Translator, Writer, Literary critic
Birthdate: April 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 25, 2005

 50 Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri
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Famous As: professor, writer
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Nationality: Indian