The Enigma of Arrival by V.S. Naipaul

The Enigma of Arrival by Sir V.S. Naipaul is a novel in five sections published in 1987 based on real life events of the writer during his time in Wiltshire and his recollections of the past, during his emigration to New York from Trinidad. The late writer and Nobel Prize winner was in his 40’s…

My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk

My Name Is Red is a murder mystery and philosophical art novel written by Nobel Prize winning writer Orhan Pamuk, who was born in Istanbul. Since then, Orhan Pamuk has constantly dedicated his writings to the facets and moods of his country and most inherently, Istanbul. My Name Is Red is his most well received work in the…

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a novel written by Gabriel García Márquez, published in the year 1967. It is one of the greatest progenitors of the modern magical realism, set in the fictional city of Macondo, tracing the lifeline of the generations of the Buendía family. The novel has received universal acclaim, and has remained…

‘An Artist of the Floating World’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

An Artist of the Floating World, is a novel of Japan, set in the 1940’s after the war, by Kazuo Ishiguro, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017. It is counted amongst Ishiguro’ four masterpieces including The Remains of The Day, Never Let Me Go and The Unconsoled. The novel was ranked at No. 94,…

‘Money: A Suicide Note’ by Martin Amis

Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis is a novel published in 1984. Martin Amis is one of the most famous, eloquent, and brilliant British novelist and essayist. He is the son of Kingsley Amis, one of the masters of English literature. Time is the major parameter to decide if a book is a masterpiece or…

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

‘Interpreter of Maladies’ by Jhumpa Lahiri is a book of short stories published in 1999, a debut which soon became a global literary sensation as it won the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Hemingway award. Her success as a short story writer strongly manifests itself in this collection, as when Indian novels were building up and laying…

‘The Lives of Others’ by Neel Mukherjee

‘The Lives of Others’ by Neel Mukherjee is a novel published in 2014 and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, heralding Neel Mukherjee as one of the most talented and successful Indian authors. Neel Mukherjee is heavily inspired by V.S. Naipaul as stated in many of his interviews, and I am an admirer of Naipaul’s…

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley is a novel published in 1931, which is most famously known as the esoteric and complex counterpart to the classic ‘1984’ by George Orwell. It is set in a dystopian universe and revolves around themes of eugenics, morality, and civilisation of the civilised and the non civilised. A futuristic…

‘A Fine Balance’ by Rohinton Mistry

‘A Fine Balance’ by Rohinton Mistry, an Indo-Canadian author, is a novel set in the turbulent times of the emergency exacted by Indira Gandhi, published in 1995. It has a total page count of 614 long pages and was published to universal acclaim and stormed the corridors of the literary world. Despite the widespread deference…

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore is a poetry collection published in 1910, originally written in Bengali, and also translated by him in English, which I feel is a trait of sheer linguistic intellect. It received universal acclaim which led him to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – being the only Indian to so – after…