They say a book is a window into the author’s mind. Perhaps that is one reason why great books immerse the readers. Maybe we get a peek inside these great minds and how they visualize the life around them. Since February 2020 is ‘Library Lover’s Month’, we present you with a list of some of the best Indian novels that have created a lasting impact on many people. We hope these books leave a lasting impact on you too.

1. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Sethi

Vikram Sethi’s one of the most recognized book is also one of the longest novels ever published in a single volume in the English language. It is 1,349 pages long and narrates the story that is set in a new India after the partition. The story follows four families over a period of 18 months and centers on the lead protagonist Mrs. Rupa Mehra. Her only aim throughout the story is to find “a suitable boy” for her younger daughter. This book was published in 1993 and has been republished ever since.

2. Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

Train to Pakistan is a historical novel written by Khushwant Singh in 1956. It tells us the story of the Partition of India in August 1947. Khushwant Singh in this relatively small book, explores the human dimensions dealing with a sense of reality, horror and believability that intertwined during the Partition. Also, the author makes a background moral commentary which stems out through the main characters in their thoughts and their actions.

3. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy’s debut book ‘The God of Small Things’ is a story about childhood experiences that fraternal twins face and their lives are shattered by the "Love Laws" which mandates "who should be loved, and how much". This brilliant book deals with the theme of family and social obligation. It deals with the complicated relationships between members of the Ipe family in Ayemenem, India.

4. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga’s debut novel ‘The White Tiger’ was first published in 2008 and won the 40th Man Booker Prize in the same year. The book follows the life of Munna, born into poverty and explores the tapestry of issues like globalization, class conflict, and cultural influences. This story is from the perspective of someone from extreme poverty. This book offers more than just a story of corruption and murder but showcases the grim reality of millions in the large cities of India.

5. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai’s second novel ‘The Inheritance of Loss’ was first published in 2006. It won multiple awards like the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award in 2007, and the 2006 Vodafone Crossword Book Award. This book explores the topics of immigration, identity and relationships on an interpersonal and international scale. This book spans three countries of India, England and the United States and details the conflict between traditional Indian ways against the western notions.

We hope these books will keep you engrossed and spark some brilliant thoughts. At Embassy Springs, enjoy hundreds of books from the classics to western and of course, the ones we mentioned under your favorite trees that are spread across seven community parks. These parks also have large trees with reading hammocks and corners for you to enjoy your privacy. Come lose yourself in a beautiful world at Bangalore’s biggest and best-planned city.