South Asian Author List

I’m not going to even pretend that this list comes anywhere close to comprehensive, but I think it’s a good starting point if you’re not sure where to look.

If you have an author you’d like me to add to this list, please leave their name and genre(s) in the comments section.  Also, just because an author is on this list does not mean they qualify for the challenge – remember, their books must be about India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka.

Chick Lit

Anjali Banerjee
Kavita Daswani [review of Salaam, Paris]
Advaita Kala [review of Almost Single]
Monica Pradhan
Swati Kaushal
Poonam Sharma [review of Girl Most Likely To]
Sonia Singh

Children’s Books

Jawarhalal Nehru
Kashmira Sheth

Contemporary Fiction

Shaila Abdullah [review of Saffron Dreams]
Samina Ali
Rupa Bajwa
Chetan Bhagat
Shobhan Bantwal [review of The Forbidden Daughter and The Sari Shop Widow]
Amit Chaudhri
Anne Cherian
Abha Dawesar
Shobhaa De
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Roopa Farooki
V.V. Ganeshananthan
Andrea Gunraj
Bapsy Jain [review of Lucky Everyday]
Manju Kapur
Bharti Kirchner
Nikita Lalwani [review of Gifted]
Karan Mahajan
Amulya Malladi
Sudha Murthy
Anita Nair
Preeta Samarasan
Rakesh Satyal
Bapsi Sidhwa
Meera Syal
Padma Viswanathan
Farahad Zama [review of The Marriage Bureau for Rich People]

Classics

Rabindranath Tagore

Cookbooks

Monica Bhide [review of Modern Spice]

Historical Fiction

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Kunal Basu
David Davidar
Manju Kapur
Rohinton Mistry
Timeri Murari
Vikram Seth
Bapsi Sidhwa
Indu Sundaresan
Padma Venkantraman

Literary Fiction

Aravind Adiga
Shilpa Agarwal [review of Haunting Bombay]
Monica Ali
Mulk Raj Anand
Nadeem Aslam
Vikram Chandra
Upamanyu Chatterjee
Amit Chaudhuri
Anita Desai
Kiran Desai
Ru Freeman [review of A Disobedient Girl]
Amitav Ghosh
Andrea Gunraj
Mohsin Hamid
Tania James
Jhumpa Lahiri
Rohinton Mistry
Bharathi Mukherjee
R.K. Narayan
Salman Rushdie [review of The Enchantress of Florence]
Shyam Selvaduri
Vikram Seth
Ali Sethi
Kamila Shamsie
Indra Sinha
Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Manil Suri
Vikas Swarup
Thrity Umrigar [review of The Weight of Heaven]

Mystery

Vikram Chandra
Mohammed Hanif

Non-Fiction: Memoir

Namita Devidayal
Ali Eteraz
Minal Hajratwala
Anita Jain
Jawarhalal Nehru
Vikram Seth
Sadia Shepard [review of The Girl From Foreign]
Jayanti Tamm
Thrity Umrigar [review of First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood]
Abraham Verghese

Non-Fiction: History/Politics

Shashi Tharoor
Fareed Zakaria

Poetry

Rabindranath Tagore

Short Stories

Shaila Abdullah
Aravind Adiga
Kunal Basu
Ismat Chughtai
Mahasweta Devi
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Tabish Khair
Jhumpa Lahiri
Daniyal Mueenuddin [review of In Other Rooms, Other Wonders] 
Salman Rushdie
Shyam Selvadurai
Robbie C. Sethi
Murzban Shroff
Indu Sundaresan [review of In the Convent of Little Flowers]

Teen/YA

Kavita Daswani
Abha Dawesar
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Mitali Perkins
Padma Venkatraman

Wonderful list of South Asian YA/Kidlit authors by Pooja Makijani

Comments

  1. Swapna u could add Mrs.Sudha Murthy.. Her books Dollar Bahu , Gently Falls The Bakula and Mahashweta are contemporary fiction.

    I guess Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru could be added in Non fiction and children’s .. Letters From a Father To his daughter , Discovery Of India ,Glimpses Of World History.

    Mulk Raj Anand too could be added to the list.

  2. Swapna u could add Mrs.Sudha Murthy.. Her books Dollar Bahu , Gently Falls The Bakula and Mahashweta are contemporary fiction.

    I guess Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru could be added in Non fiction and children’s .. Letters From a Father To his daughter , Discovery Of India ,Glimpses Of World History.

    Mulk Raj Anand too could be added to the list.

  3. I think House of Blue Mangoes, historical fiction, would count. Here’s my review.

  4. I think House of Blue Mangoes, historical fiction, would count. Here’s my review.

  5. Thanks guys! I added these.

  6. Thanks guys! I added these.

  7. I thought of another one (I am totally scouring my library and amazon right now trying to build a list).

    Abraham Verghese, novelist of Cutting for Stone and memoirist of My Own Country and The Tennis Partner, both which deal with being an expat (from India) doctor in America.

  8. I thought of another one (I am totally scouring my library and amazon right now trying to build a list).

    Abraham Verghese, novelist of Cutting for Stone and memoirist of My Own Country and The Tennis Partner, both which deal with being an expat (from India) doctor in America.

  9. You can also add Satyajit Ray, he wrote some popular mystery stories and was also a famous film maker. If i remember correctly, he was an oscar winner.

  10. You can also add Satyajit Ray, he wrote some popular mystery stories and was also a famous film maker. If i remember correctly, he was an oscar winner.

  11. Anuja Chauhan who just came out with a very entertaining first book, The Zoya Factor, could be added too =)

  12. Anuja Chauhan who just came out with a very entertaining first book, The Zoya Factor, could be added too =)

  13. Shashi Tharoor has written fiction too. The Great Indian Novel is a brilliant political satire.

  14. Shashi Tharoor has written fiction too. The Great Indian Novel is a brilliant political satire.

  15. Hi, this is a fantastic list! There are several South Asian children’s/YA authors not on here that I wanted to mention, as well. Have you checked out the list at SAWNET? http://www.sawnet.org/books/authors.php
    and
    http://www.sawnet.ord/kidsbooks

    Many contemporary authors are listed with their websites–authors like Shauna Singh Baldwin, Tanuja Desai Hidier, Marina Budhos, Uma Krishnaswami, and many, many more.

    Thanks so much for bringing up the South Asian reading challenge, too, and creating more awareness of South Asian authors and our books!

    Best wishes,
    Neesha Meminger

    SHINE, COCONUT MOON
    McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, 2009

  16. Hi, this is a fantastic list! There are several South Asian children’s/YA authors not on here that I wanted to mention, as well. Have you checked out the list at SAWNET? http://www.sawnet.org/books/authors.php
    and
    http://www.sawnet.ord/kidsbooks

    Many contemporary authors are listed with their websites–authors like Shauna Singh Baldwin, Tanuja Desai Hidier, Marina Budhos, Uma Krishnaswami, and many, many more.

    Thanks so much for bringing up the South Asian reading challenge, too, and creating more awareness of South Asian authors and our books!

    Best wishes,
    Neesha Meminger

    SHINE, COCONUT MOON
    McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, 2009

  17. Can you add me? Mary Anne Mohanraj, Sri Lankan-American author. My book, _Bodies in Motion_, is Sri Lankan-American immigrant fiction, and is set in part in Sri Lanka.

  18. Can you add me? Mary Anne Mohanraj, Sri Lankan-American author. My book, _Bodies in Motion_, is Sri Lankan-American immigrant fiction, and is set in part in Sri Lanka.

  19. Thank you for your list .I fell in love with South Asian literture after reading The Space Between Us.
    There are so many suggestions on here I feel like a kid in a candy store.!!!

  20. Thank you for your list .I fell in love with South Asian literture after reading The Space Between Us.
    There are so many suggestions on here I feel like a kid in a candy store.!!!

  21. Hey very cool site!! Guy .. Beaugiful .. Amazing .. I’ll book mark your site and incorporate some feeds also

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