List of Writers and Filmmakers from the Indian Subcontinent

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  • Meena Alexander (Nampally RoadFault LinesRiver and BridgeThe Shock of ArrivalManhattan Music)
  • Anjana Appachana (Incantations and Other StoriesListening Now)
  • Shauna Singh Bauldwin (English Lessons and Other Stories)
  • Sujata Bhatt (BrunizemMonkey ShadowsThe Stinking Rose)
  • Vikram Chandra (Red Earth and Pouring RainLove and Longing in Bombay)
  • Upamanyu Chatterjee (English August, The Last Burden)
  • Amit Chaudhuri (A Strange and Sublime AddressAfternoon RaagFreedom Song)
  • Gautama Chopra (Child of the Dawn)
  • Keki Daruwalla (The Minister for Permanent Unrest and Other Stories and collections of poems)
  • Anita Desai (Clear Light of DayBaumgartner’s BombayIn CustodyJourney to Ithaca)
  • Kiran Desai (Strange Happenings in the Guava Orchard, The Inheritance of Loss)
  • G. V. Desani (All about H. HatterrHali and Other Stories)
  • Chitra Divakaruni (Black CandleArranged MarriageThe Mistress of SpicesLeaving Yuba City)
  • Indira Ganesan (The JourneyThe Inheritance)
  • Lalita Gandhbir (poems, stories in the Massachusetts ReviewToronto South Asian Review)
  • Zulfikar Ghose (The Beautiful EmpireCrump’s TermsA Different WorldDon Bueno)
  • Amitav Ghosh (Circle of ReasonThe Shadow LinesIn an Antique LandThe Calcutta Chromosome)
  • Sunetra Gupta (Memories of RainThe Glassblower’s BreathMoonlight into Marzipan)
  • Githa Hariharan (“The Remains of the Feast”)
  • Ginu Kamani (Junglee Girl)
  • Junglee Girl, 1995.

    Junglee Girl, 1995.

    Manju Kak (Requiem for an Unsung Revolutionary and Other Stories)

  • Firdaus Kanga (Trying to Grow)
  • M. R. Kohli (Struggle, Hope, and Betrayal)
  • Bhargavi Mandava (Where the Oceans Meet)
  • Manorama Mathai (Mulligatawny Soup)
  • Amina Meer (Bombay Talkie)
  • Gita Mehta (Karma ColaRajA River SutraSnakes and Ladders)
  • Ved Mehta (Mahatma Gandhi and his Apostles)
  • Rohinton Mistry (Swimming LessonsSuch a Long JourneyA Fine Balance)
  • Bharati Mukherjee (WifeThe Tiger’s DaughterJasmineThe Holder of the WorldLeave it to Me)
  • Kiran Nagarkar (Ravan and EddieSeven Sixes Are Forty ThreeCuckold)
  • Anita Nair (Satyr of the Subway)
  • Kiran Narayan (Love, Stars, and all That)
  • Uma Parameswaran (TrishankuRootless But Green Are the Boulevard Trees)
  • Padma Perera (Coigns of VantageDr. Salaam & other Stories of India)
  • R. Raja Rao (One Day I Locked My Flat in Soul City)
  • Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things and film scripts for In which Annie…Massey SahibElectric Moon)
  • Salman Rushdie (GrimusShameMidnight’s ChildrenHaroun and the Sea of StoriesEast WestThe Moor’s Last Sigh)
  • Sealy, Allan. (From Yukon to Yucatan: A Western JourneyThe Trotter-nama: A Chronicle)
  • Vikram Seth (Golden GateA Suitable Boy -the longest modern English novel)
  • Bapsi Sidhwa (The Crow EatersCracking IndiaAn American Brat)
  • Sivanandan, A. (When Memory Dies)
  • Shashi Tharoor (The Great Indian NovelShow BusinessThe Five-dollar Smile and other StoriesIndia from Midnight to the Millennium)
  • Ardhshir Vakil (Beach Boy)
  • M. G. Vassanji (The Gunny Sack, No New Land, Uhuru Street, The Book of Secrets)
  • Abraham Verghese (My Own Country)
  • Shashi Warrier (Night of the Krait – described as the first Indian thriller)

Contemporary Subcontinental Filmmakers

  • Erika Surat Anderson (None of the AboveTurbans)
  • Dev Benegal (English AugustSplit Wide OpenRavan and Eddie)
  • Gurinder Chaddha (Bhaji on the BeachI’m English but, LondonThe Mistress of Spices)
  • Tanuja Desai (The Test)
  • Nisha Ganatra (Junky Punky Girlz, Chutney Popcorn, Cosmopolitan)
  • Kaizad Gustad (Lost and FoundBombay Boys)
  • Waris Hussein (A Child’s WishTrying to Grow among others)
  • Srinivas Krishna (MasalaLuluWaiting for the Mahatma)
  • Avi Luthra (A Family Business) Deepa Mehta (FireEarth)
  • Mira Nair (So Far from IndiaIndia Cabaret, Jama Masjid Street JournalSaalam BombayMississippi MasalaKama Sutra)
  • Meena Nanji (Voices of the MorningThe Blue FictionNest of Jewels)
  • Pratibha Parmar (Warrior MarksThe Color of BritainKhushJodie)
  • Anand Patwardhan (In the Name of God, Trial by Fire, Hero Pharmacy)
  • Udayan Prasad (My Son the Fanatic)
  • Madhani Ranghadia (Wedding Sarees) Premika Ratnam (Access Denied)
  • Harish Saluja (The Journey)
  • Michelle Taghioff (The Parvati Trilogy, Haveli)
  • Shashwati Talukdar (My Life as a Poster, Please Don’t Beat Me Sir!, Mahasweta Devi: Witness, Advocate, Writer)
  • Nilita Vachani (Eyes of StoneWhen Mother comes Home for Christmas)

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  • Last edited: August 2017

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