Five Indian short story writers to read
For those who like stories that are told in fewer words, these Indian short story writers have tales that will capture you!brunch Updated: Feb 17, 2018 22:48 IST
1. Namita Gokhale
Author of over a dozen books (fiction and non-fiction), Namita Gokhale is one of the founders of Yatra Books, a publishing house that specialises in translation. She is also on the board of directors of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Her popular book The Habit of Love is a collection of stories about the lives of women. For those looking to start somewhere on women-centric writing, this could be it. The collection is quite eclectic in itself.
Rahul Mehta is an Indian-American author He is known for Quarantine, a collection of short stories about young Indian gay men in America. With Queer Azaadi that just took place in the country, there is perhaps no better time to read this. Homophobia and the difficulty that lies in ‘coming out’ are recurring themes in the stories. Where literature concerning gender is becoming more relevant than ever, this one is worth picking up.
3. Madhulika Liddle
A writer of short stories across several genres, Liddle writes on travel, books and cinema too. She is, however, best known for creating a fictional detective named Muzzafar Jang, who has appeared in her short stories and her novel The Englishman’s Cameo.
4. Jahnavi Barua
Assam-born and Bengaluru-based author Jahnavi Barua is a doctor by training. She is best known for her book of short stories Next Door, set mainly in Assam. Her debut novel Rebirth was published in 2011.
5. Ayan Pal
Kolkata-based Ayan Pal works as an IT consultant for a living. He has contributed short stories to books that have gone on to become Amazon bestsellers, like 21 Tales To Tell. He is also a speaker and film critic who has contributed to India’s first composite novel and has won several short story writing contests.
From HT Brunch, February 18, 2018
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First Published: Feb 17, 2018 22:16 IST