The Great Indian Novel - Books to Come and Books Discussed

Contact: Jyotsna Raj


The Great Indian Novel

When: 4:30PM on the second Thursday of the month during the academic year.

Where: Boulder Public Library - Main Branch in the Flatirons Conference Room unless otherwise noted.

Read and discuss the work of contemporary Indian authors who write in English.

These authors use English as their own language in creative ways, which distinguishes

them from other South Asian authors, who are typically read in translation.

Thursday, May 10, 2018: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy

Thursday, April 5, 2018: The Year of the Runaways, by Sunjeev Sahota
Note: This meeting is a week earlier than usual to avoid conflicting with the Conference on World Affairs
and is being held in the George Reynolds Branch Conference Room instead of at the Main Library.

Thursday, March 8, 2018: The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan, by Robert Kanigel

Thursday, February 8, 2018: The Ramayana, by Elizabeth Seeger

Thursday, January 11, 2018: Ghachar Ghochar, by Vivek Shanbhag (translated from Kannada by Srinath Perur)

Thursday, December 14, 2017: Riot, by Shashi Tharoor

Thursday, November 9, 2017: The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie

Thursday, October 12, 2017: The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma, by Ratika Kapur

Thursday, September 7, 2017: In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology, edited by Namita Gokhale and Malashri Lal
Note: This meeting is a week earlier than usual to avoid conflicting with the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Thursday, May 11, 2017: The Jewel in the Crown, by Paul Scott

Thursday, April 6, 2017: The Palace of Illusions, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Note: This meeting is a week earlier than usual to avoid conflicting with the Conference on World Affairs.

Thursday, March 9, 2017: Secret Daughter, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Thursday, February 9, 2017: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid

Thursday, January 12, 2017: The Marriage Bureau for Rich People, by Farahad Zama

Thursday, December 8, 2016: An Indian Attachment, by Sarah Lloyd

Thursday, November 10, 2016: The Sari Shop, by Rupa Bajwa

Thursday, October 13, 2016: The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young, by Somini Sengupta

Thursday, September 8, 2016: Paro: Dreams of Passion, by Namita Gokhale

Thursday, May 12, 2016: Flood of Fire, by Amitav Ghosh

Thursday, April 14, 2016: Tibetan Foothold, by Dervla Murphy

Thursday, March 10, 2016: Brick Lane, by Monica Ali

Thursday, February 11, 2016: The Five Sons of King Pandu: The Story of the Mahabharata, by Elizabeth Seeger
          Adapted from the English translation of Kisari Mohan Ganguli.

Thursday, January 14, 2016: Kanthapura, by Raja Rao

Thursday, December 10, 2015: Tales From Firozsha Baag, by Rohinton Mistry

Thursday, November 12, 2015: The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, by M.G.Vassanji

Thursday, October 8, 2015: Staying On, by Paul Scott

Thursday, September 10, 2015: The Lives of Others, by Neel Mukherjee

Thursday, May 14, 2015: Family Life, by Akhil Sharma

Thursday, April 2, 2015: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid
Note: This meeting is a week earlier than usual to avoid conflicting with the Conference on World Affairs.

Thursday, March 12, 2015: Durga's Sword, by Joyce Lebra (author present)

Thursday, February 12, 2015: The Middleman and Other Stories, by Bharati Mukherjee

Thursday, January 8, 2015: In Custody, by Anita Desai

Thursday, December 11, 2014: Bombay Stories, by Saadat Hasan Manto

Thursday, November 13, 2014: Kingfishers Catch Fire, by Rumer Godden

Thursday, October 9, 2014: A Passage to India, by E.M. Forster

Thursday, September 11, 2014: Autobiography of an Unknown Indian, by Nirad C. Chaudhuri

Thursday, May 8, 2014: Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie

Thursday, April 3, 2014: The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Thursday, March 13, 2014: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo

Thursday, February 13, 2014: Bhowani Junction, by John Masters

Thursday, January 9, 2014: Ramakrishna and His Disciples, by Christopher Isherwood

Thursday, November 14, 2013: Eating India: An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices, by Chitrita Banerji

Thursday, October 10, 2013: Zemindar, by Valerie Fitzgerald

Thursday, September 12, 2013: The Last Mughal: the Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857, by William Dalrymple

Thursday, May 9, 2013: Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India, by Madhur Jaffrey

Thursday, April 11, 2013: The Watch, by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Thursday, March 14, 2013: The Newlyweds, by Nell Freudenberger

Thursday, February 14, 2013: Last Man in Tower, by Aravind Adiga

Thursday, January 10, 2013: The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters, by William Dalrymple

Thursday, December 13, 2012: Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese

Note: Here is a reading guide.

Thursday, November 8, 2012: River of Smoke, by Amitav Ghosh
Note: Here is Ghosh's Chrestomathy, a glossary of sorts for the Ibis Trilogy.

Thursday, October 11, 2012: The Princes, by Manohar Malgonkar

Thursday, September 13, 2012: Two Under the Indian Sun, by Jon and Rumer Godden

Thursday, May 10, 2012: Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India, by Pankaj Mishra

Thursday, April 12, 2012: City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi, by William Dalrymple

Thursday, March 8, 2012: An Atlas of Impossible Longing, by Anuradha Roy

Thursday, February 9, 2012: Incantations and Other Stories, by Anjana Appachana

Thursday, January 12, 2012: Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Thursday, December 8, 2011: The Glass Palace, by Amitav Ghosh

Thursday, November 10, 2011: Amrita: Or to Whom She Will, by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Thursday, October 13, 2011: Train to Pakistan, by Khushwant Singh

Thursday, May 12, 2011: Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India, by William Dalrymple

Thursday, April 14, 2011: The House of Blue Mangoes, by David Davidar

Note: Here are notes, questions, and definitions for some of the Hindi and Tamil words.

Thursday, March 10, 2011: The Tiger Ladies: A Memoir of Kashmir, by Sudha Koul

Thursday, February 10, 2011: Family Matters, by Rohinton Mistry

Thursday, December 9, 2010: The Guide, by R.K. Narayan

Thursday, November 18, 2010: Freedom at Midnight, by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins

Thursday, October 14, 2010: One Amazing Thing, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Thursday, September 8, 2010: Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh
Note: Here is a reading guide.

Thursday, May 13, 2010: Fire on the Mountain, by Anita Desai

Thursday, April 15, 2010: The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

Thursday, March 18, 2010: In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin

Thursday, February 18, 2010: Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Thursday, December 17, 2009: Q & A, by Vikas Swarup

Thursday, November 19, 2009: The Hungry Tide, by Amitav Ghosh

Thursday, October 15, 2009: A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth

Thursday, May 7, 2009: Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, by Suketu Mehta

Thursday, April 9, 2009: The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai

Thursday, March 12, 2009: The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Thursday, February 12, 2009: The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy

Thursday, January 8, 2009: A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry

Thursday, November 13, 2008: The Shadow Lines, by Amitav Ghosh

Thursday, October 9, 2008: Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie

         [The first novel the group discussed.]

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Last Updated: March 8, 2018.