Indian Languages - Reading Changes Everything
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. Reading a book is magical. It transports one to a different world. We live multiple lives through the characters we read about. This helps us understand how it would feel to be under-privileged, poor, extremely rich, free, unemployed, guilt-free, etc. Even though many people read on a Kindle, most people who are ardent book lovers still prefer to buy a book and read it. If you want to know more about books in regional Indian languages, keep reading.
Hindi Language Books
Munshi Premchand was born as Dhanpat Rai but used the pen-name of Premchand to write stories. He portrays the reality of life using irony and lucid descriptions. One of his most famous books is Nirmala. This book tells the story of a child bride and her marriage to a man elder to her and who has a son a year younger than her. His other notable works are Godaan, Karmabhoomi, and Kafan. If you don’t feel like reading a lengthy novel, you can read his short stories - Panch Parmeshwar, Gaban, Mansarovar, and Do Bailon ki Katha.
Devaki Nandan Khatri
Devaki Nandan Khatri was one of the earliest novelists in Hindi. All the Harry Potter and Tolkien fans will be stunned by the amount of detail Khatri puts into creating his world. Chandrakanta Santati can be read as a stand-alone book, though it is a part of the larger world that Khatri has created. Most of Khatri’s books have really strong female characters.
Bengali Language Books
The 2 most famous Bengali authors are Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray.
Shonku Shamagra by Satyajit Ray is a popular book that tells the story about Professor Shonku, a fictional scientist created by Satyajit Ray in a series of Bengali science fiction books. Trilokeshwar Shonku is an inventor and is the son of Dr. Tripureshwar Shonku. An exceptional director and filmmaker, Satyajit Ray also wrote the mind-blowing Feluda Series, Professor Shanku Series, Tarini Khuro Stores, Banku Babur Bandhu, Sonar Kella, and Apur Panchali. Interestingly, Tagore has influenced books in Tamil Nadu. Many Tamil authors and researchers have discovered that Tagore’s characterization is something that took the South by storm.
Marathi Language Books
Durga Narayan Bhagwat, known as Durga Bhagwat, was an outstanding Indian scholar, writer, and social worker. She studied Sanskrit and Buddhist literature and spent most of her time in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh to study and research tribal life. She returned to Mumbai as a researcher and wrote several books in Marathi. Durga Bhagwat is one amongst the many prominent writers who opposed The Emergency in India. She abstained from accepting institutional and civilian honours like the Padma Shree and the Jnanapeeth.
Shivaji Sawant's Mrityunjaya is considered a literary masterpiece. In this book, a contemporary Marathi novelist investigates the meaning of life through the personae of the Mahabharata protagonists. Books like these that were written in regional Indian languages remained unknown to the outside world until publishers began translating them into English.
Telugu Language Books
Some of the most popular Telugu books are Barrister Parvateesam by Mokkapati Narasimha Sastry, Maha Prasthanam by Srirangam Srinivasarao, Kanyasulkamu by Gurazada Apparao, and Vennello Aadapilla by Yandamoori Veerendranath. You can browse through all the available books written in regional Indian languages before taking your pick.