At the time when women are marching hand in hand with men in every walk of life, then how could it have been possible that literature would remain an exception? Gone are those days when literature used to be a cup of men and women used to be just a silent reader bottling down their creativity and emotions in their heart. Even those days got over when just a few god-gifted or aristocratic women were able to pin down their thoughts and we were accustomed to few names like Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Jane Austen or Jhumpa Lahiri, Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai whenever we talked in the Indian context.
The Policy Times aims to bring forward 8 such prominent female voices whom we can’t ignore in 2018
Nikita Singh: Belonging basically from Bihar, Nikita Singh is one of the most popular female authors of modern India. At a mere age of 26, having 11 bestselling books to her credit she is the youth icon of the current generation. Her latest book “Every Time It Rains” is already on the bestseller list.
Preeti Shenoy: Consistently ranked amongst the top 5 highest selling Indian authors (according to the AC Nielsen survey), she is the highest selling woman writer in India. Her latest book “Love A Little Stronger” has already hit the market and creating a quiet buzz among the youths.
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Rashmi Bansal: An IIM-A alumnus, Rashmi Bansal has come a long way from a Brand Manager to a non-fiction writer. She credits the highest selling book of India through her debut book “Stay Hungry Stay Foolish”.
Anuja Chauhan: The advertiser turned author Anuja Chauhan credits four bestselling novels including “Those Pricey Thakur Girls”. The use of Hinglish has given her quite a different edge while displaying the emotions in her romance novels.
Meena Kandasamy: The Chennai based novelist Meena Kandasamy is one of the nation’s boldest voice when it comes to feminism. Having a Ph.D. in sociolinguistics her works are primarily centered on feminism and caste annihilation. Her most recent work, “When I Hit You Or A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Wife” is a dazzling and provocative novel of an abusive marriage.
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan: The Malayalam novelist is one of the prominent names when it comes to writing about the essence of human emotions in the different shades of life. Her recent book “The One Who Swam With Fishes” retell the epic Mahabharata from a point of a fisher-maiden.
Mridula Koshy: Before turning into the author, Mridula Koshy did a lot of odd jobs in her initial career as a waitress, house painter, polisher at silverware, receptionist and a lot of others which is reflected in her writings. Her recent book “Bicycle Dreaming” focusses on the life of working class.
Sreemoyee Piu Kundu: Delhi based ex-lifestyle editor, Kundu is known for her works exploring the women’s sexuality. Her recent book “Status Single: Truth About Being a Single Woman in India” very honestly depicts the plight of single women in our country.