Books are the best escape from the world. And 2019 has been a rather fruitful year for those who are seeking such escapes in the form of novels. You can start your reading journey with the best novels written by some of the most influential authors in India this year. So, here is a list of some amazing books for the book-lovers to read.
The Scent Of God is a narrative universe by Saikat Majumdar. The sophomore novel talks about a queer love story; one part is about a true story, and another is about a contemporary twist on Homer’s Odyssey. The book is written in the mythic variety of the Igbo literary tradition. The Scent of God is also a challenging read because of the way in which religious, ethnic and sexual minorities are spoken about in a majoritarian Hindu ashram.
The Lies We Tell is a YA novel, written by Himanjali Sankar. The novel is dark and upsetting yet an important and urgent reflection on what happens across schools now. Sankar was also shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award for The Stupendous Timetelling Superdog and Talking of Muskaan, both of which focussed on mental illness and teen relationships.
A writer, journalist, and an activist, Nayantara Sahgal has come out with a new novel, The Fate of Butterflies. This breathtaking novel is based on the background of Sehgal returning her Sahitya Akademi Award in 2015 out of protest. The Fate of Butterflies is about what may happen when a country’s ruler attempts to wipe out sections of its history and sideline a community.
This novel is a powerful, majestic feminist novel written by Krishna Sobti. The novel focuses on the aftermath of the Partition in the eyes of a canonical Hindi writer. A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There opens in the year 1947 in Delhi - a city abundant with refugees. The story asks a hard-hitting question “How long will this idyll last?”.
Balli Kaur Jaswal, the author of the novel, is also known for his much-loved book 'Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows'. One of Jaswal's books was chosen for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a delightful, moving and life-affirming story of three sisters who have been trained by their dying mother to visit the Golden Temple and carry out her last rites. Truly, it is one of the best Indian books of 2019.