Facebook is easily the biggest social media platform where people connect with friends, family and their favourite personalities, including authors. In India alone, 108 Million users are on Facebook, with the number of users across the country set to exceed the US by 2017. If you’re looking to connect with authors of Indian origin on Facebook, this article looks at 51 of the top ones to follow.
1. Abhay K
Abhay K is a celebrated contemporary poet, diplomat and an artist. Born in Nalanda in Bihar, so far, he was written two memoirs and five collections of poetry. Some examples of his works are The Seduction of Delhi, which includes poems categorized into portraits, places and reflections, and River Valley to Silicon Valley: Story of Three Generations of an Indian Family, an inspirational book of how Abhay’s own family and circumstances changed, and how India as a country also changed, through the Information Technology revolution. Abhay has won numerous recognitions such as the SAARC Literary Award for his contribution to contemporary South Asian Poetry in 2013.
Abhisar Sharma is a famous television journalist and bestselling author. Currently working for ABP News, his books include The Eye of the Predator: The Night They Killed Baitullah and The Edge of the Machete; both thrillers set in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Abhisar’s most recent book is called A Hundred Lives For You, am emotional thriller about a 13 year old boy called Abhimanyu Sharma who writes a story. This story then gets buried and reveals itself to another 12 year old, 20 years later. e-Books India has also carried out an interview with Abhisar.
3. Advaita Kala
Advaita Kala is a bestselling author and scriptwriter. She is the writer behind the novel called Almost Single, about a character called Aisha Bhatia who is a modern professional and is single at the age of 29; the latter is something Aisha’s mother never lets her forget. The story covers both traditional Indian conducts and contemporary romance. In terms of scriptwriting, Advaita has written the scripts for Bollywood movies such as Anjaana Anjaani and of television programmes such as the Airlines – Har Udaan Ek Toofan. Do read the interview we carried out with Advaita to find out more about her and her work.
4. Anuradha Roy
Anuradha Roy is a multi-award winning literary fiction author, journalist and editor, who currently runs a publishing company called Permanent Black with her husband. Anuradha won the Economist Crossword Fiction Prize in 2012 for her novel entitled, The Folded Earth, and was shortlisted for the same for the Hindu Literary Award in 2011, and longlisted for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize. Her first novel called An Atlas of Impossible Longing was voted as being one of the best books of 2011 by publications including the Washington Post and the Seattle Times. Anuradha has recently released her latest book called Sleeping in Jupiter, a contemporary fiction story covering themes such a religion, aggression and love.
Arundhati Roy is born in Shillong. She is a novelist, essayist, and activist. She has authored numerous books such as Walking with the Comrades published in 2011, and The Hanging of Afzal Guru and the Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament published in 2013. Arundhati is most well-known for her debut novel The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker Prize in 1997, and is about two twins and how they deal with the complex and hypocritical behaviour of the adults in their lives.
Ambalika Bhattacharyya is an author who hails from Lucknow. She is the author of two books thus far. Her first story published in 2013 is called You Adored, Me Ignored, which is about a protagonist called Anam Acharjya, a young girl who comes from a family of pushy academics who want her to follow a similar path to them, but Anam wishes not to, and in her journey ends up being a major suspect in a murder. Ambalika’s most recent book published this year is called The Duplicate, a story about individuals seeking their identity.
Amish Tripathi is famous for The Shiva Trilogy consisting of novels entitled The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras. These novels have been translated in numerous languages and are available all over the world. Amish’s next series is called the Ram Chandra series, based on Lord Rama and the first book in this series called Scion of Ikshvaku is scheduled to be released very shortly.
Anand Neelakantan is an author and columnist who hails from Kerala. Heavily influenced by Indian mythology doing his childhood, Anand’s debut book entitled Asura Tale of the Vanquished, a novel that that tells the epic Ramayana from points of view of Ravana and Bhadra was published in 2012, and became an instant bestseller. Anand has also written other works such as Ajaya: Roll of the Dice, which is a fascinating retelling of the Mahabharata told from the perspective of the Kauravas.
9. Anees Salim
Anees Salim, a writer born in Varkala, Kerala is author of several works such as The Vicks Mango, Tales from a Vending Machine and Vanity Bagh; the latter won The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction in 2013. Anees’s own story is inspirational, as his work was rejected numerous times before he finally became a fully-fledged author, publishing 4 books in less than one year! Anees’s most recent book is The Blind Lady’s Descendants, a gripping story that follows the ups and downs of an Indian Muslim family. Anees also happens to be an advertising professional.
10. Anita Nair
Anita Nair is a bestselling, internationally recognized author of several first class novels and poetry books such as Ladies Coupé, The Better Man, A Cut Like Wound and Malabar Mind. Born in Kerala and currently based in Bangalore, Anita’s most recent book Idris was shortlisted for the Hindu Literary Prize in 2014. Anita is renowned as a captivating, detailed storyteller, who can write in multiple genres for different age groups. Many of her stories are set in contemporary India.
11. Aroon Raman
Aroon Raman is a thriller writer and a businessman. He has so far written two novels. His first works called The Shadow Throne, is a spy thriller about India being under threat of nuclear attack, which went on to be a bestselling hit. His second book is The Treasure of Kafar, an action packed adventure set during the rule of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. A highly successful entrepreneur, Aroon has experience of starting, building and selling businesses and also helps NGOs.
12. Arvind Adiga
Arvind Adiga is an author and journalist who was born in Chennai and raised in Australia. His debut novel entitled The White Tiger won the Man Booker Prize in 2008. The protagonist in the book is Balram and the story uncovers his journey to break free from his restricted background and place in society. Other works by Arvind include Between the Assassinations, a set of short stories that are connected to each other, and Last Man Tower, a story set in Mumbai about a real estate developer who offers the residents of a cooperative apartment in Vakola to become rich, by replacing the building with a skyscraper, and how a retired schoolteacher refuses to go along with the plan.
13. Ashok Banker
Ashok Banker is an internationally recognized author and screenwriter. His is credited as the first writer of Indian crime books in English, and is most well-known for his mythological retellings, including his world-renowned Ramayana Series. A prolific writer, Ashok maintains his own eBook store called AKB eBooks, so that his fans can get hold of latest titles as eBooks when they are released. Ashok is a friendly and accessible author, so if you follow him on Facebook, and ask him a question or make a statement, don’t be surprised if you receive a personal message from Ashok himself! He divides his time between homes in Mumbai and Los Angeles. e-Books India has also written an article about Ashok and his work.
14. Ashwin Sanghi
Ashwin Sanghi is a New York Times bestselling author and one of India’s finest thriller writers. His bestsellers include works such as The Rozabal Line about a secret group that is adamant on bringing about Armageddon, The Krishna Key, a thrilling alternative interpretation of the Vedic age full of conspiracies, and Private India: City on Fire, which he co-wrote with James Patterson. Ashwin has recently moved into nonfiction writing, and the publication of his book, a self-help works called 13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck.
15. Bejan Daruwalla
Shri Bejan Daruwalla is a globally renowned astrologer and prophesier. He is a strong devotee of Lord Ganesha and in his work combines Vedic astrology with others such as Western astrology, Numerology, Tarot and I-Ching. Bejanji’s writings and predications have been published in numerous well-known publications, which among others include The Sunday Times of India, Telegraph, and Navhind Times. He is a prolific author and his books include yearly guides that illustrate month by month forecasts for every star sign.
16. Chetan Bhagat
Chetan Bhagat wears a number hats, which include being an author, columnist, motivational speaker, screenwriter and television presenter. He has written several books that appeal to younger people in Indian with a middle-class upbringing. A number of Chetan’s books have been adapted into Bollywood movies, such as Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT, which became the film 3 Idiots and The 3 Mistakes of My Life, which formed the basis for Kai Po Che!
17. Devdutt Patanaik
A former physician turned mythologist, author and management expert, Devdutt Patanaik is a bestselling writer and illustrator of numerous fiction books based on Indian mythology. Devdutt is a prolific writer and has authored books such The Goddess in India: The Five Faces of the Eternal Feminine, 99 Thoughts on Ganesha, Pashu and The Book of Ram. Devdutt is also an avid writer and consultant in the application of Hindu scriptures to the business world. You can find out more about Devdutt in an interview e-Books India carried out with him.
18. Durjoy Datta
Durjoy Datta is an author, businessman, screenwriter and speaker. He is one of India’s most prolific fiction writers and bestselling author of nine novels. A graduate of Delhi College of Engineering and Management Development Institute, and having worked in the engineering and banking sectors for a few years, Durjoy subsequently quit so that he could follow his dreams of being a writer and entrepreneur. His books cover topics, which among others include romance, relationships, drug abuse, and disability. Durjoy has recently released his latest book entitled The World’s Best Boyfriend.
19. Hussain Zaidi
Hussain Zaidi is an author and a former investigative journalist. His work in journalism has been published in publications including The Indian Express, Mid Day and Mumbai Mirror. Hussain is born and raised in Mumbai and renowned for reporting on the Mumbai Mafia, and this has fed directly into his books. He is author of several books, including nonfiction and fiction. These include works such as Black Friday: The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts, which is a detailed and well-researched account of the 1993 Mumbai terrorist attacks, and Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia that describes the activities of numerous mafia bosses, including the life and rise of Dawood Ibrahim. Hussain’s most recent book is a crime thriller novel entitled Mumbai Avengers about a retired Lieutenant General of the Indian army who decides to take revenge for the 26/11 attacks that shocked the city, nation and the world.
20. Indu Sundaresan
Indu Sundaresan has storytelling in her blood. Her father, a fighter pilot in the Indian air force was also a keen storyteller, as was Indu’s grandfather. Indu is an author of historical fiction and contemporary fiction, with her books usually having an Indian setting. Indu completed her post-graduate education in the United States before becoming an author. She is an internationally bestselling author of 6 books so far. Among others, her books include the captivating Taj Mahal Trilogy consisting of The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses and Shadow Princess. Another of Indu’s books is The Mountain of Light, which is a novel about the Kohinoor diamond.
21. Ira Trivedi
Ira Trivedi is a bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction works. So far, Ira has written 4 books. Her titles are What Would You Do to Save the World, which is about a protagonist called Riya whose dream is to become Miss Indian Beauty. The story uncovers what the world of beauty pageants really is like. Ira’s second book There’s No Love on Wall Street is a story about a protagonist called Riya, a pre-med student, who decides to be an investment banker, while The Great Indian Love Story is a novel that gives an overview of the lives of the rich and famous in Delhi. Ira’s most recent book is India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century, and gives an insightful look into the changes in attitudes and behaviors in the areas of sexuality, love and marriage in modern India. Ira is also a passionate speaker, columnist in several publications and a professional yoga instructor.
22. Jeet Thayill
Jeet Thayill is a novelist, poet, musician and librettist. Jeet’s first novel called Narcopolis, a story about opium set in 1970’s Old Bombay, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012 and also won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2013. Other works by Jeet include poetry compilations such as English Poems and 60 Indian Poets. He is born in Kerala and had extensive education overseas, including being awarded a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
23. Jerry Pinto
Jerry Pinto is a versatile author of poetry, novels, prose, nonfiction and also happens to be a journalist. He won the Crossword Book Award in 2013 for English Fiction for his debut novel entitled Em and The Big Hoom, set in Mahim Mumbai. This book also happened to win the The Hindu Literary Prize in 2012. Another of his books is called Helen: The Life and Times of an H Bomb, an account of the iconic Bollywood actress and dancer published in 2006, which won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema in 2007. Jerry also works as a guest lecturer, and is a board member of an NGO for children’s rights called Meljol.
24. Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and brought up in Rhode Island in the United States. A true writer, a key theme in Jhumpa’s works includes portraying the lives of Indians and immigrant Indians who move to the United States. Jhumpa’s short story collection called Interpreter of Maladies was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000, while her novel entitled The Lowland was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2015. You can also read an article about Jhumpa on e-Books India here.
25. Joygopal Podder
Joygopal Podder is an author who was born in London and raised in India. A law graduate from the University of Delhi, he is a prolific author of crime fiction, romantic comedy and nonfiction. He has penned 15 books consisting of titles such as Vanished, which is about the disappearance of the husband of a Bollywood queen and Superstar: Glorious Destinies Founded on Dark Secrets, a portrayal of the lives of several characters and a murderous stalker in the Mumbai film industry. Joygopal is an award-winning writer and the holder of the Limca Book of Records for ‘Most books on crime fiction in shortest time’ for consecutive years in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
26. K Satchidanandan
K Satchidanandan is a poet and critic in Malayalam and English. Born in 1946 in the Thrissur region of Kerala, he holds a PhD in post-Structuralist poetics. In Malayalam, he has 29 collections of poetry and 32 collections of poetry in different languages, such as Tami, Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, English and Italian. He has also written an abundant number of prose, plays and essays, again in multiple languages. He is a winner of 35 awards and prizes, which among others include the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award, the Kumaran Asan Award, and the Bapureddy National Award. K Satchidanandan is a staunch supporter of human rights and provides a voice for minorities, marginalized classes and castes, and women.
27. K. Hari Kumar
Hari Kumar is a writer of contemporary fiction whose work is inspired by real life incidents. Born in Cochin, his first book When Strangers Meet…, was published in 2013, which is a story looking at the relationships between fathers and sons over three generations. His most recent book is That Frequent Visitor, a paranormal fiction book about an Englishman who in 1948 arrives in Kochi from Calcutta. Hari is also a skilled photographer and filmmaker. We carried out an interview with Hari, which you can read here.
28. Karan Bajaj
Karan Bajaj is a bestselling author who was born in the Himalayas and now lives in the United States. His stories combine material existence and the corporate world with spirituality. Recently, Karan along with his wife took time out to become yoga instructors, which has helped further contribute to Karan’s work. His latest book entitled The Seeker that follows the journey of how an investment banker turns into a yogi is scheduled for release in June 2015.
29. Kiran Desai
Kiran Desai is an award-winning author. Her first novel called Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard is about a character called Sampath Chawla who settles in a guava tree and convinces people he is a holy man. This book won Kiran a Betty Trask Award in 1998. Kiran’s second works is The Inheritance of Loss, a novel about two main characters called Biju and and Sai. Biju is an illegal immigrant living in the United States, and Sai is a girl and orphan who ends up at the door of her grandfather, a judge in the Himalayas. Biju also happens to be the son of the judge’s cook. The Inheritance of Loss won the Man Booker Prize in 2006.
30. Naresh Fernandes
Naresh Fernandes is a renowned journalist and author. He is currently editor of Scroll.in and a consulting editor at National Geographic Traveller India. His journalism work has been published in numerous publications such as The New York Times, The Hindustan Times, Outlook Traveller, and Man’s World, to name but a few. He is author of nonfiction works such as Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay’s Jazz Age, which covers the introduction of Jazz to India and Bombay and its subsequent development through different Indian and American individuals, and City Adrift: A Short Biography of Bombay, an insightful account of Bombay, both from historical and present day perspectives.
31. Navi Radjou
Navi Radjou is a thought leader and strategy consultant. Based in Silicon Valley, Navi is an international authority in innovation in business and in leadership. A well sought-after speaker, he has advised numerous large organizations in the areas of leadership and innovation. Among others, these companies include IBM, Ernst & Young and Marks and Spencer. Navi is also a renowned author, and is co-author of the international bestselling Jugaad Innovation, an enlightening book which shows how frugal and flexible innovation approaches used in India, China and Africa, can be applied by organizations in the West. Navi is also co-author of Frugal Innovation: How To Do More with Less, which looks at how the frugal innovation model can be applied in the West to enable mass customization at low cost, how sustainable practices can be used to create waste-free products and how organizations can make their cultures more frugal.
Neelam Saxena Chandra of Lucknow is a prolific author and poet in English and in Hindi, and has written hundreds of stories and poems, which have been published in mediums such as magazines, anthologies and journals. A writer since childhood, Neelam has won several awards including the 2015 Limca Book of Records Holder for ‘Most English and Hindi books published in one year’, and nominee for the 2014 Forbes India Celebrity List. Neelam also happens to have an engineering background and works at Indian Railways.
Novoneel Chakraborty is a bestselling novelist of five novels and is a scriptwriter. He writes mainly in the romantic thriller genre. An example of one of Novoneel’s books is A Thing Beyond Forever, published in 2008 and is about a feminist Dr. Radhika Sharma who opens her personal diary from the past and relives memories of her first love, and then has to deal with the emotions and memories evoked by her diary in the present. Novoneel’s most recent book is Marry Me, Stranger, published in 2014 and about a character called Rivanah based in Mumbai who discovers that she is being followed. You can also read an interview with did with Novoneel here.
34. Payal Kapadia
Payal Kapadia is an award-winning author of children’s books. She received the 2013 Crossword Book Award for her debut book entitled Wisha Wozzariter, about a ten year old girl called Wisha who wishes to be a writer and embarks on a creative journey like no other. Some of Payal’s other works include Horrid High, the rollicking adventure of an eleven year old boy called Ferg Gottin who is sent away by his parents to the world’s most horrid school, and B.R. Ambedkar: Saviour of the Masses in which Payal gives a detailed account of the life of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar for kids to read. e-Books India has also carried out an interview with Payal.
35. Preeti Shenoy
Preeti Shenoy is a bestselling novelist whose books include Life is What You Make It, The Secret Wish List and her latest book, which is called The One You Cannot Have. In particular, Preeti is renowned for writing extremely realistic stories, which make readers relate to quickly. Some other interests of hers include yoga, public speaking and blogging.
36. Rajat Pillai
Rajat Pillai is a national bestselling author born in Trivandrum, with a background in software, and writes in the historical fiction and paranormal and psychological thriller genres. His works include Chandragupta – Path of a Fallen Demigod, which narrates the life of Chandragupta Maurya and The Dead Woman Writing, which is a story about a character called Devika who begins to receive letters from a woman who is already deceased. You can also read an interview we carried out with Rajat here.
37. Raj Kamal Jha
Raj Kamal Jha is Chief Editor of The Indian Express. Born in Bihar, Raj Kamal Jha is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in Mechanical Engineering and received a Master’s Degree in Print Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is also an award-winning, internationally recognized author of four novels in the contemporary fiction genre. These include Raj Kamal Jha’s first novel written in prose called The Blue Bedspread about a man whose sister has died, and he spends the night writing to the baby daughter of his sister, and his most recent book is called She Will Build Him a City, which is based around 3 characters – a man, a woman and a child, and gives a portrayal of the highs and lows of life in contemporary India.
38. Rashmi Bansal
Rashmi Bansal is an inspirational author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. She writes books about entrepreneurship and has authored seven, including bestselling works such I have a Dream published in 2011, which contains stories about inspirational social entrepreneurs and how they created change. Rashmi’s most recent book is called Arise Awake, which is about students who became entrepreneurs while still studying, or after starting work and leaving lucrative professions. Rashmi’s books in total have sold more than half a million copies and she is also co-founder of the e-publishing organization called Bloody Good Books.
39. Ravi Subramanian
Ravi Subramanian is a bestselling, award-winning thriller author whose works are usually set in the world of banking. Ravi also has a background in the financial services sector, and has worked with some of the largest banks in the world, including Citibank and HSBC. He has written seven books so far. Ravi’s most recent one is called God is a Gamer published in 2014, and is a rollercoaster thriller consisting of multiple key characters, with virtual money being a major component of the book.
40. Rujuta Diwekar
Rujuta Diwekar is a renowned nutritionist with celebrity clients who among others, includes Kareena Kapoor and Anupam Kher. Rujuta is also a bestselling author and her books include titles such as Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight that helps people to understand their bodies, and create a plan according to their type of body, and Don’t Lose Out, Work Out!, in which Rujuta peals away all the myths around nutrition and exercise and offers practical training routines for readers. Rujuta also carries out private consultations, runs fitness and wellness workshops, as well as organizing rejuvenation retreats.
41. Satyarth Nayak
Satyarth Nayak is an author, script-writer, and journalist based in Delhi. He has thus far written short stories and a novel entitled The Emperor’s Riddle, a bestselling thriller book, where history meets mystery. The book has one track, which follows the story of a murder of a man that happens on the ghats of the Ganga. The sister of the murdered man attempts to find out what happened to her brother. In parallel, there is a historical track about the evolution of one of India’s most famous Emperors, with the entire book full of riddles. You can also read in interview e-Books India carried out with Satyarth here.
42. Shashi Tharoor
Dr. Shashi Tharoor is a distinguished politician and bestselling author. His is a former Under-Secretary at the United Nations and twice elected Member of Parliament holding the positions of Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of State for Human Resource Development in the Government of India. Currently, Dr. Tharoor is MP for Thiruvananthapuram. Writing has been a part of his life since childhood and he has authored 15 books; both nonfiction and nonfiction. His works are centred on India and cover areas such as the country’s history, politics, culture, people and policies for abroad. His most recent book is entitled India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in our Time, in which Dr. Tharoor answers complex questions surrounding the next phase of India’s development and progress as a country. You can also read an article about Dr. Tharoor at e-Books India here.
Shomprakash Sinha Roy is born in Delhi and currently is based in Bangalore. He is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction, mainly for a Young Adult audience. Recipient of the Whistling Woods International Young Achiever Award in 2013 for his contribution to Indian literary fiction, he is the author of the novel entitled The Pink Smoke, a story about Siddhant Roy and his challenges with joining a world of difficult friendships, love, desire and addictions. The Backbenchers: 3 Days of Summer is also one of Shomprakash’s books that he penned under the pseudonym, Sidharth Oberoi. It is about the adventures of a group of young people who take a summer camp with the trip spreading across the country.
44. Sonnet Mondal
Sonnet Mondal is a poet and editor in the English language. Known for producing poems that are simple, yet depict the entire range of human emotions, so far, Sonnet has written eight collections of poetry and some of his notable works include Prismatic Celluloid and Diorama of Three Diaries. Sonnet has had numerous awards and recognitions bestowed upon him, such as Poet Laureate from Bombadil Publishing, Sweden in 2009 and The Ascara International Poetry Award given to him in 2011.
45. Suhail Mathur
Suhail Mathur is an author based in Noida, and his book is the bestselling The Bhairav Putras, an action-packed adventure that involves a group of determined men who decide to take on the might of the British Empire. Suhail is also the editor and a contributor to MYRIAD TALES – A Season of CHILLS, THRILLS & SPILLS, which is a collection of award-winning stories from the horror, comedy and thriller genres, by both published authors and new ones.
46. Sudeep Nagarkar
Sudeep Nagarkar is an award-winning author who writes in the contemporary romance genre. Based in Mumbai, he has written five bestsellers so far. Some of his books include Few Things Left Unsaid, a love story centred around two characters called Aditya and Riya, and You’re The Password of My Life, a book which through its characters and plot looks at the true meaning of friendship and tests that friends go through, to determine their commitment to the friendship. e-Books India has carried out an interview with Sudeep, which you can read here.
47. Sudeep Sen
Sudeep Sen is a distinguished poet and editor. His background includes gaining a degree in English Literature at the University of Delhi, and receiving a post-graduate degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York. Sudeep is particular innovative in his writing and enjoys exploring different writing structures. Sudeep has published more than a dozen collections of poetry. Among others, his works include The lunar visitations: A cycle of poems published in 1990 and Rain published in 2005. An example of an anthology, which Sudeep has edited, is The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry by Indians, which was published in 2012.
48. Sir V.S. Naipaul
Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul is an author whose writing career spans over half a century. He has published in excess of 30 books, which include fiction and nonfiction works. Born in Trinidad, Sir V.S. Naipul wrote three award-winning books, which were comical portrayals of life in Trinidad; one of which is called The Mystic Masseur. His subsequent novels covered themes such as decolonization. One example is The Free State, which won The Man Booker Prize in 1971. Some of his nonfiction books include An Area of Darkness published in 1964, and India: A Million Mutinies published in 1990. Sir V.S. Naipaul received his knighthood in 1989 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.
General Vijay Kumar Singh is former Chief of Army Staff in the Indian army, and a politician. He served as the 24th Chief of Army Staff from the period of 2010 – 2012. During his distinguished military career, General V.K. Singh also served in the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. He has been awarded numerous medals including the Param Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India. General V.K. Singh is also the author of the book entitled Courage and Conviction: An Autobiography, which includes topics such as his experiences of the battlefield, corruption and bribery scandals during his time as Chief of Army Staff, and pressure by bureaucrats put onto senior army officers. General V.K. Singh is currently Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha and represents in Ghaziabad.
50. Vikas Khanna
Born in Amrtisar and based in New York City, Vikas Khanna is an award-winning, Michelin Starred chef, author, restaurant owner, and humanitarian. He also hosts the television programme called MasterChef India. He has written several cookbooks for which he has won awards. These include Flavors First, for which Vikas was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award in 2012, and in 2013, his books Savor Mumbai, My Great India and Khanna Sutra, won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
51. Vish Dhamija
Vish Dhamija is a crime fiction author who grew up in Ajmer, Rajasthan and currently lives in the UK. His debut novel entitled Nothing Lasts Forever, in 2011, was long-listed for the Vodafone-Crossword Book Award, while his second book, a psychological thriller story called Bhendi Bazaar was an Amazon bestseller. His next book called Déjà Karma is set to be released in the latter part of 2015.
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