Indian Women Novelists

Throughout history, there have been many Indian women novelists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Indian female novelists such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Amrita Pritam, Mahasweta Devi, Arundhati Roy, Sagarika Ghose.

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 1 Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy.
Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Essayist
Birthdate: November 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Assam

Apart from her bestselling books such as The God of Small Things, Man Booker Prize-winning Indian author Arundhati Roy is also known for her left-wing political activism. Born to a Syrian Christian mother and an Indian Hindu father, Roy had initially studied architecture and worked as a script writer.

 2 Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam.
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gujranwala
Died: October 31, 2005

Amrita Pritam was an Indian poet, essayist, and novelist who wrote in Hindi and Punjabi languages. She is widely regarded as the first major female Punjabi poet and the leading Punjabi-language poet of the 20th century. In 1956, she was honored with the Sahitya Akademi Award, becoming the first woman to receive the prestigious award.

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 3 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.

 4 Anita Desai

Anita Desai.
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mussoorie, India

 5 Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty.
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shiggaon, Haveri, Karnataka, India

Known for her humility and simplicity, Indian philanthropist and author Sudha Murty had humble beginnings as a TELCO engineer. She is married to Infosys co-founder Narayan Murty and heads the Infosys Foundation. The Padma Shri winner has penned over 200 titles, such as Dollar Bahu, in both Kannada and English.

 6 Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai
Famous As: Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: September 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chandigarh
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 7 Sheela

Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thrissur, India
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 8 Kamala Suraiyya

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

 9 Sagarika Ghose

Sagarika Ghose
Famous As: Author, Journalist
Birthdate: November 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi

 10 Nayantara Sahgal

Nayantara Sahgal
Famous As: Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: May 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Allahabad

 11 Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Nabaneeta Dev Sen.
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kolkata, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died: November 7, 2019

Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi Award-winning Indian author Nabaneeta Dev Sen is revered as one of the greatest figures of Bengali literature. Born to a poet couple, Nabaneeta was christened by Rabindrananth Tagore. She was also an academic and was married to economist Amartya Sen for almost 2 decades.

 12 Shashi Deshpande

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

 13 Anita Nair

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

 14 Bharati Mukherjee

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

 15 Qurratulain Hyder

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

 16 Kamala Markandaya

Kamala Markandaya
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mysuru, India
Died: May 16, 2004

 17 Santha Rama Rau

Santha Rama Rau
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 24, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chennai, India
Died: April 21, 2009

 18 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