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Writing brings out one's inner feelings. Writing gives expression to people. India has the distinction of giving birth to some of the finest writers the world has ever seen. This website will give detailed information about the lives of Indian writers. Here you will know about writers like  Amitabh Ghosh, Arundhati Roy, Chetan Bhagat, Kiran Desai, Rabindranath Tagore, R K Narayan, Sri Aurobindo, Vikram Seth and many more.

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A K Ramanujan: He is regarded as one of the gems of Indian English poets. His poets are immensely popular among all lovers of poetry... Read More

Ambika Charan Choudhury: Ambika Charan Choudhury was a noted Assamese litterateur and an activist from Assam. He is popularly known as ‘Kamataratna’. He started his literary journey through the ‘Ratnapeethot Ebhumiki’, which is a book written in the year 1961... Read More

Ambikagiri Rai Choudhry: Ambikagiri Rai Choudhry was an Assamese poet, playwright and nationalist. He was known as “Assam Kesari” (The lion of Assam) because of his firebrand nationalist character... Read More

Amir Khusro: Amir Khusro was a musician, scholar and poet of India. His genres included ghazal, khayal, qawwali, tarana, rubai. He was an iconic figure in the cultural history of India. Khusro represented one of the first Indian peoples with a multi-cultural or pluralistic personality through his enormous literary output... Read More

Amitav Ghosh: Amitav Ghosh was born on 11th July, 1956 at Calcutta (Kolkata).His father, Lieutenant. Colonel Shailendra Chandra Ghosh is a retired Indian army officer. He is famous worldwide for some of his best-sellers such as The Shadow Lines, The Glass Place, The Hungry Tide and Sea of Poppies. Ghosh is married to Deborah Baker... Read More

Amrita Pritam: Amrita Pritam is considered to be one of the prominent Punjabi poets of the twentieth century whose works are immensely popular among the readers. Amrita Pritam is one of the most important voices in Punjabi literature. As a writer, Amrita has written introductions of many books of Osho such as Ek Onkar Satnam... Read More

Amulya Barua: Amulya Barua was an exponent of modern Assamese poetry. He composed not many but a few poems which has made its mark in the history of Assamese literature. His famous poems include ‘Andhaaror Hahakor’, ‘Beishya’, ‘Biplobi’ and ‘Kukur’... Read More

Ananda Chandra Barua: Ananda Chandra Barua is a renowned poet from Assam. He is popularly known as ‘Bokul Bonor Kobi’. Barua showed his talent in his publishing and creations hence giving a lot of priceless treasure to the Assamese literature. Ananda Chandra Barua wrote many poems, dramas, prose, novels and various periodicals... Read More

Anita Desai: One of the important figures in the list of Indian novelist is Anita Desai. Her works have received much fame and appraisal from her readers. Anita Desai has so far written eighteen novels so far some of which have acclaimed several awards. One of her book, In Custody (1984) has been made into a movie... Read More

Anita Nair: The list of Indian Writers in English is incomplete without the mention of Anita Nair. Nair is one of the bestselling authors in India of poetry and fiction. Her books have received huge accolades from readers and critics. With a unique writing style of her own she has managed to keep up with the type of fiction her readers expect from her... Read More

Arundhati Roy: Arundhati Roy was born on 24th November in 1961 at Shillong to Ranjit Roy who was a Bengali Hindu tea planter and Mary Roy, who was a Malayali Syrian Christian women’s rights activist. Most of her childhood was spent in Aymanam in Kerala where the family moved later on. She is not only a novelist but also a very energized social activist... Read More

Arun Sarma: Arun Sarma is a renowned playwright and dramatist from Assam. He is one of the acclaimed contemporary dramatists from the state. Arun Sarma won the prestigious Padma Shri award from the Indian Government in the year 2010. He also won the Assam Sahitya Sabha’s Best Playwright Award for two consecutive years... Read More

Ashangbam Minaketan Singh: Ashangbam Minaketan Singh was a popular literary figure from Manipur. He is regarded as the founder of modern Manipuri literature. He was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri Award in the year 1985 for his contribution in the field of literature and education. He was recognized as the honorary fellow by the Manipur State Kala Academy and was awarded the Sahitya Ratna by the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad... Read More

Atul Chandra Hazarika: Atul Chandra Hazarika was a prominent Assamese literateur. He was a poet, dramatist, short story writer and translator. The Asom Sahitya Sabha bestowed him with the title “Sahityacharjya”. Atul Chandra Hazarika authored more than 100 books in Assamese language. His magnum opus “Monchalekha” traces the five hundred years of Assamese drama and stage... Read More

Banikanta Kakati: Banikanta Kakati is one of the well known literary figures and a scholar of Assamese language. He has made immense contributions to the Assamese language in terms of his literature, linguistics and comparative religion. Dr. Banikanta Kakati was also one of the greatest critics of his time. His ‘Purani Asomiya Sahitya’ provides the axes for the appreciation of Vaishnavite literature of mediaeval Assam... Read More

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhay: He was a prolific writer, novelist, essayist, poet and journalist of India. He composed “Vande Mataram”, the national song of India. Bankim Chandra brought about a cultural renaissance in Bengali literature. The Bengali novel particularly began with him... Read More

Benudhar Sharma: Benudhar Sharma is one of the prominent literary figures of Assam. He is a distinguished personality in diverse fields as a writer of children’s literature, as a perceptive essayist, a biographer, an autobiographer, and a writer of tales, translator, uncompromising journalist and a keen historical researcher. Benudhar Sharma was the president of the Assam Sahitya Sabha in the year 1956... Read More

Bhabananda Deka: He was a multi faceted writer from Assam. He was a renowned litterateur, research scholar and educationist of Assam. Bhabananda Deka was the editor of a number of journals and magazines including Ami, Udaygiri, Rastrajyoti and Gobinda... Read More

Bhabendra Nath Saikia: Bhabendra Nath Saikia was a renowned Assamese novelist, sort story writer and film maker. He is a popular personality in the field of Assamese culture and literature. Bhabendra Nath Saikia’s literary works and plays are popular among the people even today. He is recognized as the pioneer in development of the Assamese culture and literature through his works... Read More

Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya: He was a prominent Assamese novelist and short story writer. He is one of the pioneers of the modern Assamese literature. He was the first ever recipient of the Jnanpith Award given to an Assamese writer in the year 1979... Read More

Chandra Prasad Saikia: Chandra Prasad Saikia was a renowned freedom fighter, a novelist, journalist, book publisher and commentator from Assam. He is widely recognized for his outstanding and pioneering contribution to Assamese literature and journalism. Chandra Prasad Saikia was awarded many titles and recognitions in state and national level... Read More

Chetan Bhagat: He was born on 22nd April 1974 in New Delhi in a middle class Punjabi family to a father who was in the army and mother, a government employee in the agricultural department. Chetan Bhagat completed his education mostly in Delhi. He has five best-selling novels to his credit which have remained best sellers since their release... Read More

Dimbeswar Neog: Dimbeswar Neog was an eminent writer and a critic of Assamese literature. He was one of the pioneers of Assamese literature and language and authored many books. Dimbeswar Neog’s greatest contribution is considered in the field of Assamese literature, history of literature, Sankardeva and Vaishnavism... Read More

Elangbam Nilakanta Singh: Elangbam Nilakanta Singh was a writer, poet and literary critic of Manipur. He is known for making immense contribution to Manipuri literature. He received Sahitya Academy Award for his poem “Tritha Yatra” in 1987. He was also the recipient of the Padmashree Award in 1999... Read More

Fakir Mohan Senapati: Fakir Mohan Senapati is regarded as the ‘father’ of Oriya literature, who gave it a new dimension and bringing it to the mainstream. He belongs to the period of late nineteenth and early twentieth century... Read More

Hem Chandra Baruah: He was a writer, editor, grammarian, lexicographer and social reformer. He is considered the father of Modern Assamese literature. Hem Chandra Baruah has many “firsts” to his credit and contribution towards Assamese literature. He compiled the first exhaustive Assamese dictionary “Hemkosh”. His ‘Asamiya Vyakaran’ was the first Assamese grammar in the Assamese language. He also introduced for the first time satire and criticism in Assamese literature... Read More

Homen Borgohain: Homen Borgohain is a prominent Assamese novelist, writer, poet, critic, journalist columnist and editor. His is one of the important names in the field of Assamese literature and is a living legend. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel “Pita Putra”... Read More

James Dokhuma: James Dokhuma is a Mizo poet, short story writer, dramatist, novelist, essayist, historian and journalist. The government of Mizoram bestowed him with the title “father of Mizo Lexicography” in 1971. He was awarded the Padmashree by the Government of India in 1985 for his contribution in the field of literature... Read More

Jayanta Mahapatra: Jayanta Mahapatra is one of the most widely known Indian English poets of the modern period. He is a poet of human relationships and most of his poems centers round man-woman relationship. Mahapatra is the first Indian English Poet to receive the Sahitya Academi Award in the year 1981... Read More

Jhumpa Lahiri: Jhumpa Lahiri is one of the most prominent and best selling authors of modern period. Her works are immensely popular among her readers across all age groups. Jhumpa has been awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her short story collection... Read More

Kazi Nazrul Islam: Known as the ‘Bidrohi Kobi’ or the rebel poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam was a renowned Bengali poet and musician. He was a mass-oriented revolutionary literary figure. Nazrul is acclaimed for composing the very first ghazals in Bengali language. He introduced Islam into the Bengali music tradition... Read More

Kamala Das: Kamala Das was one of the major Indian English women poet and short story writer. Kamala Das is known for her short stories in Malayam and for poems in English. Her writings are more popular for the open use of vulgarity and sexuality...Read More

Kiran Desai : Born on 3rd September, 1971 Kiran Desai is an Indian author who is a citizen of India and a permanent resident of the United States. Her novel The Inheritance of Loss won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award... Read More

Laltluangliana Khiangte: Laltluangliana Khiangte is a playwright, dramatist, poet, scholar, critic, essayist, biographer and folklorist based in Mizoram. He is one of the prominent folklorist and writers of north east India. He was awarded the Padmashree by the Government of India in 2006 for his contribution in the field of literature... Read More

Mahasweta Devi: She was an eminent Indian writer and social activist. She is one of the foremost literary personalities and best-selling Bengali author of short fiction and novels... Read More

Mamoni Raisom Goswami : Mamoni Raisom Goswami was an Assamese editor, poet, professor, scholar and writer. Her original name was Indira Goswami. She was better known by her pen name Mamoni Raisom Goswami. She is lovingly and popularly referred to as Mamoni Baideo... Read More

William Mark Tully: Born as William Mark Tully in the year 1935, during the British reign in India, Sir Mark Tully is the former Bureau Chief of BBC, New Delhi. Sir Mark Tully has written a number of books and also received honorary awards for the same... Read More

Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi: She was an Indian writer from Manipur. She was a novelist, short story writer, essayist, lyricist and script writer. She was a member of the erstwhile royal family of Manipur. The contribution of Binodini Devi is crucial for she maintained a balance teen the royalty and the modern art. She was Manipur’s first female graduate. She was a recipient of the Padmashree. She also received Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel “Boro Sahib Ongbi Sanatombi”.Read More

Munshi Premchand: Munshi Premchand is regarded as one of the key literary figures in the category of Hindi-Urdu literature of the twentieth century. He was the first writer of Hindi to introduce the theme of realism. His Godan or The Gift of a Cow is considered to be one his finest works and that of Hindi literature till date... Read More

Nabakanta Barua: He was a prominent Assamese novelist and poet. He is also known as Ekhud Kokaideo. Barua, along with Hem Barua and Amulya Barua, was considered the renaissance of modern poetry in Assam. Barua was considered the renaissance of modern poetry in Assam... Read More

Nirad C. Chaudhuri: He is considered to be one of the finest writers of English in the twentieth century. Nirad C. Chaudhuri's contribution to the literary field is highly appreciated. The list of eminent English writers would be incomplete without him. Chaudhuri's writings were influenced by Sanskrit and the older version of Bengali, Shadhubhasha... Read More

Nissim Ezekiel: Nissim Ezekiel’s name figures prominently among the Indian writing in English writers. As a literary personality he has contributed immensely through his poems and writings... Read More

Nuchhungi Renthlei: Nuchhungi Renthlei is a Mizo poetess. She was also a popular singer. She was awarded the Padmashree by the Government of India in 1986 for her contribution in the field of literature. Nuchhungi Renthlei was awarded the Padmashree by the Government of India in 1986 for her contribution in the field of literature... Read More

Parvati Prasad Barua: He was a poet, lyricist and dramatist of Assam. He was an icon of Assamese literature and the culture. He is known as Geetikavi- the lyrical poet of Assam. Baruah was a nature poet. He could be compared with William Wordsworth. He was also a prominent filmmaker... Read More

Patricia Mukhim: Patricia Mukhim a journalist, writer, teacher and activist from Meghalaya. She is involved in the social upliftment activities of the people of Meghalaya. She is a gender activist, a trainer and an independent researcher. She was awarded the Padmashree by the Government of India in 2000... Read More

Purushottama Lal: Purushottama Lal was an Indian poet, essayist, translator and publisher. He is best known for the translation of the famous Indian epic, Mahabharata into English... Read More

Rabindranath Tagore: Rabindranath Tagore is a figure in the Indian literature, who can never be replaced by anyone. He was the one who re-shaped Indian literature and music and gave them a direction of his own. The author of Gitanjali he is the first Non-European to win the Nobel Prize in the field of Literature... Read More

Raja Rao: Raja Rao’s name shines brightly as one of the older Indian writers in English whose works like Kanthapura have been readily accepted and gained much popular among the readers... Read More

Rajkumar Shitaljit Singh: Rajkumar Shitaljit Singh was a short story writer, scholar, journalist, educationalist, poet, essayist and novelist from Manipur. He is credited with being the father of Manipuri short stories. He made significant impact on the Manipuri literary landscape. He was the recipient of the President of India’s medal for teaching in 1967... Read More

Rita Chowdhury: Rita Chowdhury is a prominent Assamese novelist and poet. She is the recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award in the world of Assamese literature. She is presently working as a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science in Cotton College... Read More

R. K. Narayan: R. K. Narayan was born on 10 October 1906 was an Indian writer, who is best known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He is one of three leading figures of early Indian literature in English alongside Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao, and is credited with bringing the genre to the rest of the world... Read More

Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala: He was a poet, writer, composer, dramatist, freedom fighter and filmmaker of Assam. He is called the Roopkonwar of Assam and Assamese society. Agarwala ushered modernism into Assamese art, literature and music. The collection of the songs of Roopkonwar is called Jyoti Sangeet. The death anniversary of the great son of Assam is observed as “Silpi diwas” in Assam... Read More

Ruskin Bond: Ruskin Bond is one of the known authors in the field of literature, mostly for his books catering to the young readers... Read More

Salman Rushdie: Considered to be one of the most important writers in the category of Indian Writing in English, Salman Rushdie remains so far a popular figure for his fantastic works across all ages. His well-known novel, Midnight’s Children (1980) which won the Booker Prize in 1981 and Booker of Bookers Prize in 1993 made him famous not only in his own birth land, India but also worldwide. ... Read More

Sarala Devi Chaudhurani: Sarala Devi Chaudhurani was a writer, social worker and nationalist from West Bengal. She was the founder of the Bharat Stree Mahamandal in Allahabad in 1910. She was the first woman political leader from Bengal in the Indian independence struggle. She was an eminent feminist, journalist and a prolific writer... Read More

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay: One of the most popular novelists and short story writers Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay was a prolific writer of India. His writing was based on realism, cause of the womenfolk, turbulence in the society and against superstition and social oppression. His writing captured the hearts and minds of people in Bengal and India... Read More

Shashi Despande: Shashi Despande is one of the popular women writers in India. Despande is known for her novels "That Long Silence" and "The Dark Holds No Terror". Shashi Despande's novels deal with women belonging to Indian middle class. Despande's novels present a social world of relationship... Read More

Shobha De: Popularly known as India’s ‘Jackie Collins’, Shobha De is one of the top bestselling authors of contemporary India. De's writing focuses on the urban issues of the ultra modern society with its shade of glitz and glamour, marriage, complicated relationships and so on. She is the founder and editdust, Society and Celebrity... Read More

Sree Sree Madhavdeva: Sree Sree Madhavdeva was a saint-poet and author of Assam. He was an instructor of the Mahapuruxiya Dharma. He is known for his loyalty towards his mentor Srimanta Shankardeva as well as his artistic brilliance. To Shankardeva Madhavdeva was a “Prana bandhava” (friend of soul). He is popular for his “Naam Ghoxa” and his large collection of “Borgeets”... Read More

Syed Abdul Malik: Syed Abdul Malik was a prominent Assamese novelist, short story writer and poet. He was an unrivaled writer in terms of statistics of fictional work. He has contributed extensively towards the growth of Assamese literature... Read More

Upamanyu Chatterjee: Upamanyu Chatterjee is better known as a writer for his novel, English, August. The book has also been adapted into an acclaimed film with the same title... Read More

Vikas Swarup: He is one of the leading Indian novelists whose contribution in the literary field cannot be described in words. Swarup gained instant popularity with his first novel titled Q & A. The book achieved much popularity both within and outside the country and has been translated into forty-three different languages... Read More

Vikram Seth: Born on 20 June 1952, Vikram Seth is an Indian novelist and poet. He has been honoured with a number of awards and trophies including Padma Shri, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, WH Smith Literary Award and Crossword Book Award due to his incomparable contribution to the Indian literature... Read More


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