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.

Where: Boulder Public Library - Main Branch in the Flatirons Conference Room unless otherwise noted.
Due to coronavirus uncertainties discussions may be remote using Zoom, so contact Jyotsna to be sure.

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.

May 13, 2021: Homeland Elegies, by Ayad Akhtar (368 pages)
Note: Meeting at Jyotsna's with a remote Zoom option.

April 8, 2021: Eat the Buddha, by Barbara Demick (352 pages)
Note: Meeting at Jyotsna's with a remote Zoom option.

March 11, 2021: The Nine Lives Of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Precarious State, by Declan Walsh (401 pages)
Note: Zoom meeting with Jyotsna.

February 11, 2021: The Far Field, by Madhuri Vijay (401 pages)
Note: Zoom meeting with Jyotsna.

January 14, 2021: A State of Freedom, by Neel Mukherjee
Note: Meeting at Jyotsna's with a remote Zoom option.

December 10, 2020: The Folded Earth, by Anuradha Roy
Note: Meeting at Jyotsna's with a remote Zoom option.

November 12, 2020: A Burning, by Megha Majumdar
Note: Meeting in Jyotsna's garden with a remote Zoom option.

October 8, 2020: Gun Island, by Amitav Ghosh
Note: Meeting in Jyotsna's garden with a remote Zoom option.

September 10, 2020: The Forest Of Enchantments, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Note: Meeting in Jyotsna's garden with a remote Zoom option.

August 13, 2020: Raag Darbari, by Shrilal Shukla
Note: Meeting in Jyotsna's garden with a remote Zoom option.

July 9, 2020: The Argumentative Indian, by Amartya Sen
Note: Meeting in Jyotsna's garden with a remote Zoom option.

June 11, 2020: Cuckold, by Kiran Nagarkar / Part 2
Note: Meeting remotely using Zoom.

March 12, 2020: Cuckold, by by Kiran Nagarkar / Part 1

February 13, 2020: The Anarchy, by William Dalrymple / Part 2

January 9, 2020: The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company, by William Dalrymple / Part 1

December 12, 2019: The Secrets Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar
Note: This is a change from the originally scheduled Europe For A Bargain, by Aditi Mukherjee.

November 14, 2019: The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar

October 10, 2019: Girls Burn Brighter, by Shobhah Rao

September 12, 2019: The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges, by Aatish Taseer

August 8, 2019: Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing Their World, by Snigdha Poonam

July 11, 2019: The Siege of Krishnapur, by J.G. Farrell (376 pages)

June 13, 2019: A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry (603 pages)

May 9, 2019: Temptations of The West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet and Beyond, by Pankaj Mishra

April 4, 2019: If You See Me Don't Say Hi: Stories, by Neel Patel
Note: This meeting is a week earlier than usual to avoid conflicting with the Conference on World Affairs.

March 14, 2019: A Place for Us, by Fatima Farheen Mirza (438 pages)
Note: Here are some questions for discussion.

February 14, 2019: An Area of Darkness: A Discovery of India, by V.S. Naipaul (369 pages)

December 13, 2018: Untouchable, by Mulk Raj Anand

November 08, 2018: Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie

October 11, 2018: A Life of Adventure and Delight, by Akhil Sharma

September 13, 2018: Selection Day, by Aravind Adiga

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

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.

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

February 8, 2018: The Ramayana, by Elizabeth Seeger

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

December 14, 2017: Riot, by Shashi Tharoor

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 14, 2016: Tibetan Foothold, by Dervla Murphy

March 10, 2016: Brick Lane, by Monica Ali

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.

January 14, 2016: Kanthapura, by Raja Rao

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

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

October 8, 2015: Staying On, by Paul Scott

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

May 14, 2015: Family Life, by Akhil Sharma

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.

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

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

January 8, 2015: In Custody, by Anita Desai

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

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

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

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

May 8, 2014: Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie

April 3, 2014: The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

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

February 13, 2014: Bhowani Junction, by John Masters

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

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

October 10, 2013: Zemindar, by Valerie Fitzgerald

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

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

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

March 14, 2013: The Newlyweds, by Nell Freudenberger

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

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

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

Note: Here is a reading guide.

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

October 11, 2012: The Princes, by Manohar Malgonkar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

February 10, 2011: Family Matters, by Rohinton Mistry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 18, 2010: Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

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

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

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

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

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

March 12, 2009: The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri

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

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

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

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

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Last Updated: March 31, 2021.