Famous Indian Short Story Writers

Short story is a genre of literature that basically deals with prose fictions that are tailored to be read in a single sitting itself. They may or may not have a moral value attached to them and are purely written to provide readers with a sense of blessing. Though almost everyone loves to read, the heaviness of a book and its never-ending pages seem to be a major put-off for most. Furthermore, not many are game with the gravity of the plot and its characters that novels throw in. It is here that short stories come as a respite – they are light, they are entertaining and they are everyone’s cup of tea. They are a boon for on-and-off readers and a great break-off for regular ones. India has been the address of many prolific writers who have influenced an entire generation. They have greatly contributed to English literature, portraying the rich culture and heritage of the land and the society. While India is filled with authors and novelists who have greatly contributed in the genre of short stories as well, some of them worth mentioning are Rokheya Sakhawat Hossain, Prajwal Parajuly, R. K. Narayan, Munshi Premchand, Mrinal Pandey, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruskin Bond, Vikram Seth, Rabindranath Tagore, Khushwant Singh and so on. Know more about famous Indian short story writers, their life and their works.

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 1 Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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 Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond
Famous As: Writer
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. 

 3 R. K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 10, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: May 13, 2001

Remembered as one of the greatest authors of Indian literature in English, R. K. Narayan created the iconic character Swami and related his experiences set in the fictional town of Malgudi. The Sahitya Akademi and Padma Vibhushan winner was also the brother of cartoonist R.K. Laxman.

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 4 Munshi Premchand

Munshi Premchand
Famous As: Novelist and Author
Birthdate: July 31, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lamhi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
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. 

 5 Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk Raj Anand
Birthdate: December 12, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Peshawar, Pakistan
Died: September 28, 2004

Mulk Raj Anand was an Indian writer best remembered for his depiction of the people belonging to the backward class in traditional Indian society. Anand, who wrote in English, was one of the first Indian writers to achieve an International readership. In 1968, Mulk Raj Anand was honored with India's third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan.

 6 Mahasweta Devi

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

Ramon Magsaysay Award-winning Indian author Mahasweta Devi is regarded as a gem of the Bengali literary world. She had also been a left-wing social activist, and her works such as Hajar Churashir Maa and Rudali have either tribals or people from the marginalized communities as their protagonists.

 7 Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Debanandapur, Bandel, India
Died: January 16, 1938

Iconic Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay is best known for his works such as Devdas, Srikanta, and Parineeta, many of which have been made into films. Born into a poverty-stricken family, he found solace in literature and began writing in his teens. He was a prominent figure of the Bengali Renaissance.

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 8 Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik
Famous As: Mythographer
Birthdate: December 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Indian mythologist and author Devdutt Pattanaik has redefined the genres of Indian folklore, legends and myths by retelling ancient tales through his books. A qualified physician, he later studied comparative mythology and penned bestsellers such as My Gita. His shows, such as Business Sutra and Devlok, have been hits, too.

 9 Kamala Suraiyya

Kamala Suraiyya
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 31, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thrssur, Kerala, India
Died: May 31, 2009

Kamala Suraiyya, also known by her pen-name Madhavikutty and by her married name Kamala Das, was a Malayali poet who is remembered for her liberal treatment of female sexuality in her works. Her writings, such as Summer in Calcutta, form an integral part of Indian literature written in English.

 10 Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai

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

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, better known by his first name, Thakazhi, was a legendary Malayali author known for his iconic short stories and novels such as Kayar. The Jnanpith-winning author mostly focused on the backward classes of society and brought in strong realist elements in his works.

 11 S. K. Pottekkatt

S. K. Pottekkatt
Famous As: Writer, Politician
Birthdate: March 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calicut, Kerala, India
Died: August 6, 1982

 12 Krishna Sobti

Krishna Sobti
Famous As: Writer, Essayist
Birthdate: February 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gujrat, Punjab Province, British India
Died: January 25, 2019

Krishna Sobti was an Indian novelist and essayist. She is best remembered for her novel Zindaginama which earned her the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1980. In 1996, she received the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship for her contribution. Her contribution was also honored with the Jnanpith Award in 2017. Sobti's novels have been translated into several languages including English, Russian, and Swedish.

 13 Harishankar Parsai

Harishankar Parsai
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: August 10, 1995

Hindi author Harishankar Parsai was known for his own brand of satire. Equipped with an MA degree in Hindi, he had initially taken up a job, which he later quit to launch a magazine named Vasudha and become a full-fledged author. The Sahitya Akademi Award-winning writer remains a pioneer of Hindi satire.

 14 Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: January 28, 2017

Bharati Mukherjee was a writer who also taught at the University of California, Berkeley as a professor emerita in the English department. The author of several short story collections and novels, Bharati Mukherjee was honored with many prestigious awards, such as the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1988.

 15 O.V. Vijayan

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

O.V. Vijayan was an Indian cartoonist and author who played a key role in the development of modern Malayalam language literature. Also a political observer and editorial cartoonist, Vijayan worked for popular news publications, such as The Hindu and The Statesman. During his illustrious career, Vijayan won many prestigious awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Padma Bhushan.

 16 Qurratulain Hyder

Qurratulain Hyder
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aligarh, India
Died: August 21, 2007

Known for her iconic works such as Aag Ka Darya, Qurratulain Hyder revolutionized Urdu literature. Born to writer parents in British India, she later moved to Pakistan and then to England, where she was employed with BBC. She later moved back to India and won numerous awards such as the Jnanpith Award.

 17 Vishnu Prabhakar

Vishnu Prabhakar
Famous As: Writer, Novelist
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.

 18 Bhagwati Charan Varma

Bhagwati Charan Varma
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Safipur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: October 5, 1981

Bhagwati Charan Verma was an Indian writer best remembered for his 1934 novel Chitralekha, which was adapted into two films of the same name in 1941 and 1964. He is also remembered for his five-part novel Bhoole Bisre Chitra which earned him the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1961. In 1971, Verma was awarded India's third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan.

 19 U. A. Khader

U. A. Khader
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bilin, Rangoon, Burma
Died: December 12, 2020

 20 Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi

Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi
Famous As: Writer and formerly deputy commissioner
Birthdate: June 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Kameng , Arunachal Pradesh, India