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If you could add One Work of Indian Writing in English to a Syllabus…


Compiled by: Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University

Original prompt: "if you were putting one literary work from India (in English or available in English translation) on a list of the world's great literature about religion (it doesn't have to be exclusively about religion, but should deal in some way with religion), what would you choose?" "If you had your students read one work of fictional literature about India from the past century, what would it be?"




Tissa Abeysekara, Bringing Tony Home


Mulk Raj Anand, Untouchable


S. L. Bhyrappa, The Uprooted: Translation of the Original Novel

Vamshavriksha in Kannada


Upamanyu Chatterjee, English, August


Ismat Chughtai, The Crooked Line


Kiran Desai, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard


Sunil Gangopadhyay, Sei Samay [Those Days]


Attiya Hosain, Phoenix Fled


Qurratulain Hyder, River of Fire


Arun Kolatkar, Jejuri


Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake


Saadat Hasan Manto, Mottled Dawn


K. Markandaya, Nectar in a Sieve


Gita Mehta, Karma Cola or A River Sutra


Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance


U. R Anantha Murthy, Samskara


V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas


R. K. Narayan, Waiting for the Mahatma or The Guide


Raja Rao, The Serpent and the Rope or Kanthapura


Arundathi Roy, The God of Small Things


Salman Rushdie, Midnight¹s Children


Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West, editors, Mirrorwork


Mirza Ruswa, Umrao Jan Ada


Shyam Selvadurai, Funny Boy or Cinnamon Gardens


Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy


Bapsi Sidwa, Cracking India


Kushwant Singh, Train to Pakistan


A. Sivanandan, When Memory Dies


Manil Suri, The Death of Vishnu




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Revised: October 12, 2006