5 upcoming Indian writers you need to check out

As Martin Luther famously said “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” Writing is an art form so dense and unique, every word we write can be read multiple times with different perceptions and understandings.

As a writer myself, I am going to list out 5 writers you must definitely check out:


  1. Meena Kandasamy

A poet, writer, translator, activist and staunch feminist in south India, Meena Kandasamy’s writing style is so strong which focuses on issues such as Women’s rights, caste and corruption. Her writings will definitely inspire us young adults. Some of her most profound works are Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010), When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife (2017) and The Gypsy Goddess (2014).


  1. Avalok Langer

With an amazing novel released just recently called “In Pursuit of Conflict”, in this autobiographical novel, he talks about his own underground experiences which took place in the North-Eastern part of India, which has raised a few conflicts, Avalok writing style mainly includes range of political, cultural and sociological issues, but I’m sure every writer can relate when I say “A story of truth is always the best story one can write”


  1. Nidhi Dugar Kundalia

A young author and journalist who has contributed vastly for various newspapers like The Times of India and The Hindu and many popular magazines, her recent book is definitely a must read as it takes an insightful and knowledgeable path talking about India’s oldest and dying jobs. The book is called The Lost Generation: Chronicling India’s Dying Professions.


  1. Janice Pariat

From the land of Meghalaya, Janice Pariat is a writer of “Boats on Land” a collection of short stories that received a Sahitya Akademi Young Writer Award making her the only writer from Meghalaya to win such a prestigious award for her remarkable work in English.


  1. Palash Krishna Mehrotra

His works have been published by various publications, Palash Krishna Mehrotra is an author and journalist and also the writer of House Spirit: Drinking in India (2016) which is a book of 3 parts of literature (essays, poems, and stories) this quirky, funny book of stories summarizes India’s multifaceted relationship with alcohol. An anthology put together by Palash Krishna Mehrotra. This book will definitely bring you a smile or two in every page you read.


Written by- Jonathan Williams

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