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Famous Indian Women Writers

Here is a list of some of the famous Indian Women writers writing in English.

Anita Desai

Anita Desai is an Indian novelist and short story writer. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, in 1978 for her novel, "Fire on the Mountain" , by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters. Her notable contributions are The Peacock, Voices of the City, Fire on the Mountain,Clear light of Day,In Custody, Fasting,Feasting and The Village by the Sea.

Her novel "Fire on the Mountain" (1977) won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Her children's book "The Village by the Sea" (1982), won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. Learn more about her 

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Arundathi Roy

She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things, and has also written two screenplays and several collections of essays. Learn more about her.

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Anita Nair

Anita Nair is an Indian-English writer whose novels are passionately woven on the thread of human nature and values; with a female oriented component. Her 'Mistress' was included in the list for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Better Man, Mistress, The Puffin Book of Magical Indian Myths,Where The Rain is Born-Writing about K, Ladis Coupe, Lessons in forgetting Pb, and Malabar Mind are her notable works. Learn more about her.

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Shashi Deshpande

She is a well known name in the field of Indian literature. Sashi Deshpande published her first collection of short stories in 1978, and her first novel, 'The Dark Holds No Terror', in 1980. She won the Sahitya Akademi Award for the novel 'That Long Silence' in 1990 and the Padma Shri award in 2009. Her notable works include The Binding Vine,Matter of Time,That Long Silence, and Dark Holds No Terrors. Learn more about her.

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Shobha De

Shobha De is an Indian novelist, copywriter, freelance writer and columnist, best known for her columns in The Week. She is known as India`s Jackie Collins. Shobha De is an eminent Indian novelist, who is often known as India's Jackie Collins. Starry Nights, Socialite Evenings, Sultry Days, Sisters, Small betrayals, Second Thoughts, Surviving Men, Spouse, Snapshots and Selective Memory are her notable works. Learn more about her

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Sudha Murthy

Sudha Kulkarni Murthy is renowned for her writing and active role in social services. Her flair for writing is evident in her books like Dollar Sose, originally written in Kannada. Her notable works include Wise and Otherwise, and Mahasweta. Learn more about her

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Jhumpa Lahiri

She is an Indian American author. Her debut short story collection, "Interpreter of Maladies" won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake was adopted to a popular film. She has won several awards for her work. Her notable works include The Namesake, Unaccustomed earth,and Interpreter of Maladies. Learn more about her

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

A novelist, poet, professor, and short story author, Chitra Banerjee is indeed a gifted writer. Her significant works include Palace of Illusion, and Mistress Of Spice. She was awarded the American Book Award for 'Arranged Marriage'. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet and her work has been published in more than 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker. Learn more about her

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Kiran Desai

Born in India, educated in England and US. Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker" and Salman Rushdie's anthology Mirrorwork: Fifty Years of Indian Writing. Her notable works include Inheritance of Loss, Hullabaloo in The Guava Orchard. "The Inheritance of Loss" won the coveted 2006 Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle award for fiction. Learn more about her

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Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee is the author of seven novels and two short story collections, and co-author of two books of non-fiction. She is also the winner of a National Book Critic Circles Award.

Some of her famous books are Desirable Daughters, Jasmine, Holder of the World, Leave it to Me, and The Middleman And Other Stories. Learn more about her

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Preeti Shenoy

Preeti Shenoy is a best selling author and artist. She has several academic qualifications, but believes life is the biggest teacher. She is an avid blogger, poet, nature lover and yoga buff. She is currently based in Bangalore.  Learn more about her.


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