10 Best Indian novels

1.The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts

The Mountain Shadow, the hotly anticipated follow-up to Roberts’s publishing sensation Shantaram is due out in October, so if you’ve not read the 2003 novel, now is your chance. The page-turning thriller, inspired by the writer’s own experiences living in the Mumbai slums, is one of the few books that manages to capture the overwhelmingly multi-sensory experience of living in India.




2.The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

This Man Booker prize-winner is set in India’s southern state Kerala, away from the glamour of Deli and Mumbai. The densely descriptive novel follows the the childhood experiences of fraternal twins, commenting as much on human nature as it does on Indian politics, religion and the caste system.




3. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Set during “The Emergency”, a period of civil unrest when Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister, A Fine Balance is written with beautifully controlled prose. The novel interweaves India’s political turmoil into the lives of its four central characters – to devastating effect.




4. Nine Lives by William Dalrymple

This fascinating non-fiction book tells the stories of nine Indians following different religions. Acclaimed historian Dalrymple met them all to write this absorbing account, which begins with a Jain nun who decides to fast to death after her friend and fellow nun passes away.





5. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Rushdie’s Man Booker prize-winning novel is set against the backdrop of Indian partition, using a dose of magical realism to tell the story of a boy born at the exact moment when India became independent of British rule in 1947. This sprawling, kaleidoscopic account of India is a true post-modern classic. 




6. Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh

Monisha Rajesh takes a leaf out of Jules Verne’s classic tale in this travelogue about India’s famous railways. The Norfolk-born author, who lived in India for two years as a child, covered 40,000km on a quest to rediscover the country that had become a stranger to her.




7. 2 States: The Story of My Marriage by Chetan Bhagat

This best-selling novel in India follows two MBA students from opposing cultural background who decide to get married against their parents’ wishes. 2 States is an enjoyable read, offering a perceptive account of generational clashes in contemporary India.




8. Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph

British author Anjali Joseph’s debut novel explores what it is like to be homosexual in India, which is still a largely taboo subject in many parts of the country. The story follows a sexually uncertain 19-year-old student growing up in Mumbai, who has a relationship with a boy at college.




9. Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chuhan

If you’re looking for something a bit lighter than a Man Booker winner, try this fun piece of Indian popular fiction. Set in a posh neighbourhood in Delhi, the story follows the eccentricities of a retired Supreme Court judge and his five daughters



10. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Another epic, this 1,349 page novel probably isn’t for your suitcase – but it is one of the most acclaimed pieces of fiction about India. At its core the novel is a love story about Lata and her mother’s attempts to find her a husband, set against the backdrop of a newly independent post-partition India.


The Stream Options After 10th Class!

The broad three streams after class X for students to select are- Science, Commerce and Humanities/Arts.

These three streams are broadly categorized as per their course structure and subjects, explained below:

  • Science

  • This field is related to Medical studies and Engineering, with subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

  • Commerce

  • This stream is related to trade, commerce, business and financial marketing. If you have a strong mathematics and financial abilities, Commerce is best for you.

  • Humanities/Arts

  • This stream is the widest of all, and is related to education in subjects like History, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, languages, Anthropology, Human Resources, journalism etc.


Choosing The Right Stream After 10th

What do you want to become when you grow up – doctor, engineer, MBA or scientist? All of us will remember facing this question during our childhood and laughing it away.

It often happens that after CBSE Class X board exams, students are left clueless and confused about the streams they must select. Different parameters must be thought over to select the right stream for your Senior Secondary education. The foremost criterion is to select a stream which is your strength. One must only select a stream that he/she gets connected with.

The decision to choose any one of the streams on offer: science, commerce or humanities, has a direct bearing on your future career opportunities. The stream that a candidate chooses for Class 11 will go a long way in deciding his/her future. So, a candidate should take this decision wisely keeping in mind his/her capability.



Which subject excites you more than the others? Are you a science freak, commerce devotee or an arts fanatic? Only you can decide in which stream your chances of success as a professional are the highest. You may seek the advice of your parents or peers but the ultimate judgement is yours. Compare your past scores in subjects to make an objective decision.




Make an effort to identify professionals in your circle who are currently pursuing careers in various streams such as medicine, management, teaching, acting etc. Spend some quality time in speaking to them and appreciate the reasons for their choice and pros/cons of their profession. This can be a very effective tool for assessing the various career options and finally deciding upon your stream for higher studies. The quantum of competition at various stages of a profession along with average compensation may also be analysed.



  1. Having mentored hundreds of students throughout their lives, nobody is better placed than your teacher to act as your guide. They have been witness to a number of successful/not so successful stories of their past students and can share their experiences. In case you utilize professional tutoring services, which these days majority of students do, then please feel free to seek their advice too. In my experience, students share a much closer bond with their tutor than their school teacher who manages a crowd of 50+ students in a class. My guess estimate, more than 70 per cent of students regularly seek guidance from their tutor on a regular basis.




In case you are still in doubt, then follow your heart and decide on your stream. This is just one of the many important decisions you will take in your life so don’t fret! Each one of us has an interesting story to share on how the decision of choosing the ‘right’ stream was taken in their youth. All students need to realise that a lot of thought and effort needs to be put for making this important decision. There is no stream among the three which is better than the others. There are exciting career opportunities which can be pursued in each of these streams. You need to just ensure that you choose the stream which excites you the most.