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25 Top Novels Set In India/Pakistan During/Post British Raj

Jana L. Perskie "ceruleana"
 
The Raj Quartet
The Raj Quartet
"Four interrelated novels which richly recreate the last days of India under British rule. Superb!!"
Staying On: A Novel (Phoenix Fiction)
Staying On: A Novel (Phoenix Fiction)
"Wonderful sequel to "The Raj Quartet." Colonel Tusker and Lucy Smalley stay on in the hills of Pankot after Indian independence deprives them of their colonial status."
A Passage to India
A Passage to India
"A beautifull written novel which explores the fragile structure of Anglo-Indian relations under colonial rule."
The Siege of Krishnapur
The Siege of Krishnapur
"A brilliant character study of British colonialists under siege during the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857. Filled with sardonic humor and wit this novel by  J. G. Farrell won the prestigious Booker Prize."
The Far Pavilions
The Far Pavilions
"Well-written historical romance set in nineteenth-century India paints a vivid portrait of love, war, and adventure in the foothills of the Himalayas."
Shadow of the Moon
Shadow of the Moon
"My favorite historical novel of India & M.M. Kaye's best. Excellent historical detail of the Sepoy Rebellion as well as a terrific love story. Beautifully written."
Olivia and Jai
Olivia and Jai
"Another great favorite! This is a tale of star-crossed lovers in 1840s India which portrays the closed, rigidly stratified colonial society of the British Raj."
Zemindar
Zemindar
"Another look at the Sepoy Rebellion in this excellent tale of a British "outsider" and wealthy land holder in Northern India. Reminds me of Jane Eyre with an Indian backdrop."
Flowers in the Blood
Flowers in the Blood
"Unusual & fascinating novel of one Calcutta's richest Jewish families, who  built their fortune on opium trading, narrated by Dinah Sassoon, the family's eldest daughter."
Raj: A Novel
Raj: A Novel
"This superb novel which spans history from Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee to India's independence is reenacted through the life of Jaya Singh, daughter of the Maharajah of Balmer."
Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children
"Booker Prize-winning novel of 2 children born at the stroke of midnight on 08/15/1947--the moment at which India became an independent nation."
Cracking India
Cracking India
"!st person narrative of  the violent 1947 partition of India from the viewpoint of the extremely observant Lenny Sethi, whose family belongs to the Parsee community in Lahore."
A Suitable Boy
A Suitable Boy
"Wonderful saga of four families set in post-colonial India. Story revolves around an independent-minded young Hindu woman & her family's search for a suitable marriage match."
A Fine Balance
A Fine Balance
"4 people struggle to survive in 1975-76 India when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi defied a court order calling for her resignation, declared a state of emergency and imprisoned her opponents."
Brick Lane: A Novel
Brick Lane: A Novel
"A Dickensian-like chronicle of the life of Nazneen, a Bangladeshi girl, transported to London at age 18 for an arranged marriage."
Of Marriageable Age
Of Marriageable Age
"A real treat - beautifully written. Story follows 3 people across 3 decades & 3 continents. Wonderful drama and mysterious legacies, set against the traditional customs of India."
Kartography
Kartography
"A saga of 2 family's intertwined histories, their 2 children raised as brother & sister, & a country whose turbulent history mirrors the novel's characters. Extraordinary!!"
Salt and Saffron
Salt and Saffron
"A tour  through the intricacies of an aristocratic Pakistani clan's family tree - chock full of enchanting tales!"
The Holder of the World
The Holder of the World
"Intriguing story of a 21st century Indian woman, disaffected from her Brahmin background, who unexpectedly, while researching a project, discovers a distant relative who lived in 1670 Salem, MA,"
The god of small things
The god of small things
"This dazzling, sensual novel set in 1960s southern India, won the Booker Prize in 1997. Fraternal twins who have been separated for 23 years are reunited. Filled withh humanity & humor."
What the Body Remembers: A Novel
What the Body Remembers: A Novel
"Set against the brutal drama of the 1947 Partition, a middle-aged Sikh engineer brings his new wife, a 16 year-old girl, home to the dismay of his 1st wife who cannot bear children."
Bombay Time: A Novel
Bombay Time: A Novel
"The inhabitants of an apartment building in Bombay, all middle class members of the Parsi community who have grown up together, reunite at a wedding reception. Beautifully crafted!"
Heat and Dust
Heat and Dust
"A powerful novel of two women, generations apart, who follow similar paths under the spell of India."
Waiting for Mahatma
Waiting for Mahatma
"A young man's love for a revolution-minded woman leads him to join the Indian freedom movement. A wonderful portrait of Mahatma, partition, untouchables, etc., as well as a fine romance. Brilliant!"
The Mango Season
The Mango Season
"A young woman from Southern India returns home after a 7 year absence to tell her traditional Brahmin family about her engagement to an American."