With many achievements and awards such as the prestigious Booker and Pulitzer Prize under their belts, women writers in India have had a major role to play in shaping the literary landscape of India. Touching on various topics such as feminism, communism, family issues, everyday problems women face, etc., these writers have given a voice to to the 600 million women in this country through their books and stories. Polka Cafe takes a look at some of India's most influential female writers.
Jhumpa Lahiri is one of the most recognised writers of Indian origin, and her stories essentially revolve around immigrants and the problems they face in a foreign land. What makes her a good writer is the simplicity with which she writes and yet is able to send a complex message across to the readers. She frequently draws on her experiences as an immigrant and therefore her stories have a genuine touch to them.
Her must-read book is The Lowland, which deals with the consequences of the choices each person makes. It was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015.
Arundhati Roy is one of the most celebrated writers produced by India, whose book The God of Small Things won the Man Booker prize and put Indian literature on the map. Her books mostly revolved around social justice and the anguish that various social groups suffered. While her works can be pretty depressing, they also reflect the ground realities that most people often lose sight of.
Her must-read book is The God of Small Things, which brought her fame and popularity. As can be guessed from the title, the theme of the book is about how even small things affect people’s lives.
Indira Goswami was a well-known author who won the Sahitya Akademi award as well as the Jnanpith award. She primarily wrote books in the Assamese language, which were translated to English. Her writings have primarily been an attempt to bring about social change and tried to bring about unity in the different Assamese communities through her works.
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