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This Is Not That Dawn (Jhootha Sach by Yashpal in Hindi, 1958-60 translated by Anand (2010) Considered the most towering writer since Premchand, Yashpal's novel published in two volumes, is set in pre-Partition Lahore. Life is normal in the Bhola Pande galli until prejudiced leaders stoke communal fires. This starts a chain of barbaric events. People flee their homes, millions die and women are the worst hit. Not only does the demographic change, life changes for the people forever

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A Fine Balance (1995) by Rohinton Mistry Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this novel set in Bombay during the Emergency is about Dina Dalal, a widow, who takes in a boarder in her flat in Bombay: Maneck, the young son of a friend. She also hires two tailors, Ishvar and his nephew Omprakash, for piecework. This is about how the four come together and form a sort of accidental family

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Sacred Games (2006) by Vikram Chandra The criss-crossing paths of a cop, Inspector Sartaj Singh, and the country's most-wanted gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde. This is a book about the Mumbai underworld and about the city itself Read our interview with Vikram Chandra here - http://read.ht/fsc

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In Custody (1984) by Anita Desai Deven is a small-town Hindi lecturer with a broken dream of becoming a poet. He lives an insignificant, unhappy life. But then, he is asked to interview one of the country's greatest Urdu poets. Deven takes great pains to put together the logistics. Yet, this project ends in misery

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Kanthapura (1938) by Raja Rao When Rao wrote this novel, very little was known about Indian writing abroad. EM Forster called it "perhaps the best novel to come out of India". It's about how Gandhism made its way into Kanthapura, a small casteist village in southern India

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The Financial Expert (1952) by RK Narayan The story of Margayya, who sits under a banyan tree and offers financial advice to the people of Malgudi

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The Death Of Vishnu (2001) by Manil Suri This debut novel by a mathematician was longlisted for the Booker and is about the spiritual journey of a dying man named Vishnu, working on a Bombay building

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A Suitable Boy (1995) by Vikram Seth This tome is several things at once. It is a love story, a family drama, an introduction to Indian politics and all things desi. Set in a newly Independent India, it is Mrs Rupa Mehra's quest to find a suitable boy for her daughter Lata. Read our interview with Vikram Seth here - http://read.ht/fs9

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The Inheritance Of Loss (2006) by Kiran Desai Daughter of author Anita Desai, Kiran is an accomplished writer herself. This is her second book and won several literary prizes. It features a retired judge in Kalimpong who looks back at a lifetime of arrogance. The story is also about his orphaned granddaughter and his cook's son, an illegal immigrant in the US

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The Great Indian Novel (1989) by Shashi Tharoor This is satire at its best. Take the Mahabharat, insert the Indian freedom movement and all that followed over the next few decades. Add some puns. The result is a great Indian novel: The Great Indian Novel - Read our interview with Shashi Tharoor here - http://read.ht/fsb

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