Starting A New Business? 7 Key Points To Keep In Mind.
Romance in stories can be a good Valentine's gift idea. So why not gift from these great romantic Indian novels by Indian women authors?
Looking for a last-minute gift for your Valentine? Don’t worry! We bring to you a list of 10 incredible women authors of romantic Indian novels which will be a perfect gift for your bibliophile Valentine!
Andaleeb Wajib a prolific novelist living in Bangalore loves to write about romance and food when her sons have left for school or college.
She is the author of 15 published novels and 55 books on Goodreads. Her best-known novels include ‘More than just Biryani’, ‘Asmara’s Summer’, ‘Twenty-nine going on Thirty’, and ‘My Brother’s Wedding’.
Some of her most celebrated romantic Indian novels include ‘An Evening to Remember’, ‘A Night to Cherish’ and ‘Will the Oven Explode’.
Find Andaleeb Wajid’s books here.
Originally known as the ‘chick lit’ writer of India and an army brat, Anuja Chauhan is an Indian author, advertiser, and screenwriter.
Her books predominantly fall under the genre of rom-com and some of her best-selling romantic Indian novels include The ‘Zoya Factor, ‘Battle for Bittora’, ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’, ‘The House that BJ Built’ and ‘Baaz’.
Chauhan’s ‘An Atlas of Love: The Rupa Romance Anthology’, is the perfect book to inundate your partner with a multitude of love stories. This book is a compilation of 16 short romantic tales with countless twists and turns that will keep the readers engaged throughout.
Find Anuja Chauhan’s books here.
Ira Trivedi an Indian author, columnist, and Yoga teacher, writes fiction as well as non-fiction books revolving around women and issues related to gender in India.
She penned her first novel ‘What Would You Do To Save the World?: Confessions of a Could-Have-Been Beauty Queen’ based on her Miss India beauty pageant experiences.
A few of her most popular books include, ‘India in love: marriage and sexuality in the 21st century’, ‘The Great India Love Story’, ‘There’s No Love On Wall Street’ and ‘Love And Lust: Stories And Essays’.
Apart from exploring the concept of love, Trivedi has also authored a few books on mindfulness and Yoga.
Find Ira Trivedi’s books here.
Gifting Sonali Dev’s books can be a perfect way to make your partner jump for joy on Valentine’s Day.
Sonali Dev is an Indian-American author who is known for her contemporary romance novels. Some of her most celebrated works include ‘The Vibrant Years’, ‘Recipe For Persuasion’, ‘Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors’ and ‘The Emma Project’.
All her protagonists are of Indian descent, reportedly for which she also had to face racial discrimination from a few publishers.
Her books like ‘The Bollywood Bride’ and ‘A Bollywood Affair’ are Bollywood love stories that are highly thoughtful and witty.
Find Sonali Dev’s books here.
Yashodhara Lal’s books can be a splendid gift for your partner if you are married.
Yashodhara Lal, an Indian author with 12 years of experience in the marketing domain is best known for her fictional book ‘How I became a farmer’s wife’.
Her book ‘Just Married, Please Excuse- Opposites attract trouble’ is a refreshing new take on parenting and marriage.
Her book, ‘There is something about you’ will keep you engaged throughout because of her witty and expressive style of writing and might give you butterflies in your stomach during a few sections of the book.
Some of her best-selling books include, ‘Those Days in Delhi’, ‘Peanut Has a Plan’, and ‘How Do You Feel About That? Breakdowns And Breakthroughs In The Therapy Room’.
Find Yashodhara Lal’s books here.
Milan Vohra is India’s first Mills and Boon author and her book ‘Love Asana’, sold more than four times more copies than any Mills and Boon title in India.
Her few best-selling books include, ‘Head over Heels’, ‘Our Song’ and ‘Tick-Tock we’re 30’.
The titles of the books themselves seem to be mesmerizing and filled with stories of passion and love.
Find Milan Vohra’s books here.
“Romance novelist who isn’t a romantic, a frazzled mother to a fabulous daughter & a corporate drone who loves the rat race,” says her Instagram bio. She is an Indian author who writes fiction as well as non-fiction.
‘The Girl He Left Behind’, ‘Love, Marriage and Other Disasters’, ‘Love, Truth and Taking Chances’ and ‘Once Upon a Scandal’ are some of her most recommended romantic novels.
Her ‘Once upon a Kiss’, can be a good book to give on Valentine’s Day to spark some romance.
Find Shilpa Suraj’s books here.
If you are planning to spice things up in the bedroom, Alisha Rai’s book might be a perfect choice.
Alisha Rai is an American author who writes erotic, romance novels. She says, “There is nothing she loves more than penning sexy, emotional contemporaries and paranormals with larger-than-life heroes and smart, capable heroines.”
Her book ‘The Right Swipe’, deals with the different elements of modern dating and also includes an intersectional perspective.
‘Hate To Want You’ and ‘Wrong To Need You’ contain stories that are hot, sizzling, deep, and raw.
Find Alisha Rai’s books here.
Preeti Shenoy is an Indian author and a blogger who also writes for a weekly column in The Financial Chronicle, mainly writes about looking for love and finding oneself.
Her debut book ‘34 Bubblegums and Candies’ is an anthology of 34 short stories which is inspired by real-life incidents, penned in a humorous and light-hearted manner.
Some of her most celebrated works include, ‘Life is What You Make It: A Story of Love, Hope and How Determination Can Overcome Even Destiny’, ‘Buddha’s Love: Eastern Wisdom on Love’, and ‘The Secret Wish List’.
Find Preeti Shenoy’s books here.
Sundari Venkatraman is an Indie author who writes Asian drama as well as romance and has now started to publish independently.
One of the best gifts for your partner would be her collection of romantic shorts which includes books like, ‘Chahti Hoon Tumhe’, ‘Beauty is But Skin Deep’, ‘Madeinheaven.com’, ‘An Arrange match’, and ‘The Reluctant Bride’ amongst many others.
Apart from romance she also writes extensively about Asian Drama and one of her best-sellers in that genre is ‘The Malhotra Bride’.
Find Sundari Venkatraman’s books here.
“Although I have been a bookseller, systems analyst, TEDx organizer, PTO Mom, animal foster and more, my first love is writing”, she wrote in her blog.
Nandini Bajpai is a Boston-based author originally from India, whose younger sister is also a well-known writer, Anuja Chauhan.
Few of her most celebrated works include ‘A Match Made In Mehendi’, ‘Sister of The Bollywood Bride’ and ‘Rishi And the Karmic Cat’.
Find Nandini Bajpai’s books here.
This list can’t be complete without this book by Priya Narendra – because You Never Know When You’ll Get Lucky! A working woman romance, just what can be termed a delicious metro read!
Find Priya Narendra’s book here.
Gifting your partner any of the books of the above mentioned authors, is definitely the best way to ‘intellectually’ and romantically woo your partner this Valentine’s!
Any suggestions from you for romantic Indian novels you have enjoyed?
Hello! My name is Ishita Varma and I am in the final year of Political Science honors.
I am always up for any feminist discussion and do not believe in only talking about gender equality read more...
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views, individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times.
Stay updated with our Weekly Newsletter or Daily Summary - or both!
Ms. Kulkarni, please don’t apologise ‘IF’ you think you hurt women. Apologise because you got your facts wrong. Apologise for making sexual harassment a casual joke.
If Sonali Kulkarni’s speech on most modern Indian women being lazy left me shocked and enraged, her apology post left me deeply saddened.
I’d shared my thoughts on her problematic speech in an earlier article. So, I’ll share why I felt Kulkarni’s apology post was more damaging than her speech.
If her speech made her an overnight hero among MRAs, sexists, and people who were awed by her dramatic words, then her apology post made her a legendary saint.
There are many mountains I need to climb just to be, just to live my life, just to have my say... because they are mountains you've built to oppress women.
Trigger Warning: This deals with various kinds of violence against women including rape, and may be triggering for survivors.
I haven’t climbed a literal mountain yet
Was busy with the metaphorical ones – born a woman
Fighting for the air that should have come free
And I am one of the privileged ones, I realize that
Yet, if I get passionate, just like you do
I will pay for it – with burden, shame, – and possibly a life to carry
So, my mountains are the laws you overturn
My mountains are the empty shelves where there should have been pills
Please enter your email address