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 Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond.
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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. 

 2 R. K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan.
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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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 3 Munshi Premchand

Munshi Premchand.
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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. 

 4 Mulk Raj Anand

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

 5 Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

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

 6 Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik
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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.

 7 Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhya.
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 27, 1838
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kanthalpara, Bengal
Died: April 8, 1894

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was an Indian poet, novelist, and journalist. He is credited with composing India's national song, Vande Mataram, which personifies India as a mother goddess. The song played a major role in inspiring revolutionaries during India's struggle for independence. Dubbed Emperor of Literature, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote 14 novels alongside several poems.

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 8 M. T. Vasudevan Nair

M. T. Vasudevan Nair
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Famous As: Author, Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palakkad, Kerala, India

 9 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
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.

 10 Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai

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

 11 O.V. Vijayan

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

 12 Bharati Mukherjee

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

 13 Qurratulain Hyder

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