Some of the most influential women in our country are authors who have published some best-selling novels which have encouraged and inspired women to fight for their dreams. From time to time, female authors have written some wonderful masterpieces which have been acknowledged as some of the greatest works in literary history. Let us learn more about the authors from this list of famous female authors of India.
Top 10 Famous Female Authors Of India
These top 10 Famous Women Authors have elevated the realm of writing and provided inspiration to a new generation of writers.
Padma Shri Dr Sudha Murthy is a businesswoman, the chairperson of Infosys India, a popular author, and philanthropist. She has written many popular books in Kannada and English. Sudha Murthy’s books discuss social problems, family, and also interesting mythological stories. Her books have been translated into many languages and she has received many awards for her literature and social works.
Books to read- Three Thousand Stitches, Dollar Bahu, House of Cards, The Upside-Down King, The Daughter from a Wishing Tree.
Arundathi Roy is a popular author, politician, and social activist. Her debut novel The God of Small Things is a semi-biographical novel based on her childhood experiences in Kerala. The novel won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1997 and it was also listed in the New York Times Bestseller list. After her debut novel, she worked for a television serial The Banyan Tree. She is also a popular essayist and has a huge collection of essays discussing Indian politics.
Books to read: The God of Small Things, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Azadi, The End of Imagination.
Nilanjana Sudeshna, popularly known as Jhumpa Lahiri, is one of the famous female authors in India. She has written many short stories, novels, and essays both in English and Italian. The award-winning author writes mostly about loneliness and describes the issues of immigrants and Indian-American life. She has received many popular awards like the O.Henry Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Books to read: The Namesake, Whereabouts, The Lowland.
Chitralekha Banerjee is an Indian-American author. She is known for her short stories, young adult novels, historical fiction, and poetry. She has published novels for children and adults as well. Her popular novel Palace of Illusions has shown us Draupadi’s perspective of the Mahabharata. The author made sure that she pointed out the social issues and the problems faced by women. Chitra Banerjee’s novels have won many popular awards like the American Book Award, the Orange Prize and the Barbara Deming Memorial Award.
Books to read: Palace of Illusions, The Forest of Enhancements, The Last Queen, and the The Mistress of Spices.
Anuja Chauhan is an author, screenwriter, and advertiser. The popular line ‘Yeh Dil Maange More‘ was created by her. She resigned as the executive creative director at JWT advertising agency to focus on her career in writing. She is known for her creative writing skills and she was also on the list of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in the country in 2011. She has won the Femina Women Achievers Award in 2017 for her work in literature.
Books to read: The Zoya Factor, Club you To Death, Baaz, Those Pricey Thakur Girls.
Preeti Shenoy is one of India’s most popular authors and artists. She is a nature lover, blogger, and poet as well. Preeti Shenoy’s writing style is positive, easy, and she writes mostly about human relations, romance, and gender equality. She has been listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Celebrities in India for the past 9 years.
Books to read: A Hundred Little Flames, Life Is What You Make It, Wake up, Life is Calling, It’s All in the Planet’s, The Rule Breakers.
Popular author Anita Desai has written many children’s books, short stories, and several novels. She is an inspiration to a new generation of women who take up writing as a career. She writes mostly about women’s rights and marriage which has inspired many people. Her books have won many prestigious awards like the Booker Prize, the Sahitya Akademy Award, and the British Guardian Prize.
Books to read: In Custody, The Village by the Sea, Fire on the Mountain, and Fasting, Feasting.
Kiran Desai is a renowned author who has been nominated for the Booker Prize for several books. She is the daughter of Anita Desai and was also the youngest female author to win the Booker Prize. Her stories are realistic and filled with humor. She was listed among the 20 Most Influential Global Indian Women.
Books to read: The Inheritance of Loss, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard.
Indu Sundaresan is an expert in writing historical fiction novels and short stories. She is the recipient of the Washington State Book Award and the Light of India Award for Excellence in Literature. Her novels have been translated into 23 languages worldwide. The Taj Trilogy is a popular work of Indu Sundaresan.
Books to read- Taj Trilogy ( Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses, Shadow Princess), The Splendour of Silence.
Kavita Kane is a popular author and journalist who is known for writing novels based on Indian mythology. Her novels bring the perspective of the most unexpected characters in mythological stories. She worked as a journalist for 20 years in at Daily News and Analysis, and The Times of India.
Books to read: The Karna’s Wife, Menaka’s Choice, Ahalya’s Awakening, and Sita’s Sister.
These are some of the popular female authors in India who are known for their bestselling novels. There are also some other authors like Anuradha Roy, Shobhaa De, Anita Nair, Savi Sharma, Kiran Minral, and Shashi Deshpande, whose works are also equally good to read.