TOP 10 BEST-SELLING BOOKS IN INDIA

What Is Fiction?

It's late in the evening, and you're ready to snuggle in with a good book. As you make yourself comfortable in your favourite chair, you consider the books stacked on the nearby end table. Let's see, you think. Algebra ? Definitely not! How about a biography of MAHATMA GANDHI? Well, maybe; that could be interesting. Then you notice the latest mystery novel from one of your favourite authors. Perfect! You are definitely in the mood for a good story. You'll read the fiction book And also recommend it to a friend.

A work of fiction is created in the imagination of its author for the readers. The author invents the story and makes up the characters, the plot or storyline, the dialogue and sometimes even the setting. A fictional work does not claim to tell a true story. Instead, it immerses us in experiences that we may never have in real life, introduces us to types of people we may never otherwise meet and takes us to places we may never visit in any other way. Fiction can inspire us, intrigue us, scare us and engage us in new ideas. It can help us see ourselves and our world in new and interesting ways. What's more, it's often just plain fun!

Types of Fiction

There are three main types of fiction: the short story, the novella and the novel. Let's explore each of these.

First, we have the short story. According to the famous short story writer Edgar Allan Poe, a short story is a piece of fiction that can be read in one sitting of about a half hour to about two hours. Short stories contain between 1,000 and 20,000 words and typically run no more than 20 or 40 pages. Because of their limited length, short stories generally focus on one major plot or storyline and a few characters in the story.

Do you remember all those assignments you read in your elementary and high school readers? The ones that were imaginary were probably short stories. You may even have read and enjoyed stories by Washington Irving ('The Legend of Sleepy Hollow') or by Edgar Allan Poe himself (if you've never read Poe's 'A Tell-Tale Heart,' give it a try; you're in for a scary, shivery treat).

Next up, we have the novella. Novellas are longer than short stories and tend to run about 20,000 to 50,000 words, usually between 50 and 130 pages. Because novellas have more room to work with, they typically have a more complex plot or storyline and more characters than short stories. Famous novellas include Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Jack London's The Call of the Wild.

Finally, a novel is a work of fiction that contains over 50,000 words or 130 pages. Novels are even more complex than novellas, and they usually have more than one plot or storyline and many well-developed characters. Novels can be as long as their authors want them to be.

 

Here is a comprehensive study about all  the best selling books in India and why you should read them in 2020.

RAAVAN ENEMY OF ARYAVARTA BY AMISH

Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta is a 2019 mythological best selling fiction written by Amish Tripathi The third book in the Ram Chandra series after Scion of Ikshvaku (2015) and Sita: Warrior of Mithila (2017), it chronicles the life of Ravan until the time he kidnaps Sita The book was released on 1 July 2019 and published by Westland

Acclaimed author and journalist Gautam Chikarmane praised the book in Open The Magazine writing, “In Amish’s darkest work so far, Raavan captures this subtlety and takes you on a rollercoaster of compassion and fury, love and rage, strategy and spontaneity…Raavan is arguably the most complex villain in Indian literature, and Amish delivers one of the kind we have never met, re-imagining evil in ways we have not known.” Gautam also noted Amish’s penchant for weaving in deep philosophies (“From the physical to the philosophical, the discourse between the two, both silent as well as verbal, is beautiful, gentle, calming”) into a good story (“we are wonderstruck at Amish’s craft of storytelling”) as he wrote, “Weaving familiar characters and their stories, he uses ancient time-space landscapes to deliver modern-day lessons. From independent India’s relentless contempt for wealth creation and the choking hold of bureaucracy on its people in general to the exploration of the recent Sabarimala controversy in particular, Amish continues with his bigger motive: to make India ‘worthy of our ancestors once again’.” 

Tania Bhattacharya’s review of Raavan: The Enemy of Aryavarta in The National, UAE was positive. The review complemented the book as ”Racy and well-paced”, and said that this “is bound to make it a hit among fans and uninitiated readers alike.”

THE ALCHEMIST BY PAULO COELHO

The Alchemist Is a best selling book from the past 5 years.follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a recurring dream to be prophetic, he asks a Gypsy fortune teller in the nearby town about its meaning. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the Egyptian pyramids.

Early into his journey, he meets an old king named Melchizedek, or the king of Salem, who tells him to sell his sheep, so as to travel to Egypt, and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend. Your Personal Legend "is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is."

Early in his arrival to Africa, a man who claims to be able to take Santiago to the pyramids instead robs him of what money he had made from selling his sheep. Santiago then embarks on a long path of working for a crystal merchant so as to make enough money to fulfill his personal legend and go to the pyramids.

Along the way, the boy meets an Englishman who has come in search of an alchemist and continues his travels in his new companion's company. When they reach an oasis, Santiago meets and falls in love with an Arabian girl named Fatima, to whom he proposes marriage. She promises to do so only after he completes his journey. Frustrated at first, he later learns that true love will not stop nor must one sacrifice to it one's personal destiny, since to do so robs it of truth.

The boy then encounters a wise alchemist who also teaches him to realize his true self. Together, they risk a journey through the territory of warring tribes, where the boy is forced to demonstrate his oneness with "the soul of the world" by turning himself into a simoom before he is allowed to proceed. When he begins digging within sight of the pyramids, he is robbed yet again, but accidentally learns from the leader of the thieves that the treasure he sought all along was in the ruined church where he had his original dream.

Coelho wrote The Alchemist in only two weeks in 1987. And it’s amongst the top 10 best selling novels in India. He explained that he was able to write at this pace because the story was "already written in [his] soul.

The book's main theme is about finding one's destiny, although according to The New York Times, The Alchemist is "more self-help than literature". The advice given Santiago that "when you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true" is the core of the novel's philosophy and a motif that plays throughout it.

The Alchemist was first released by Rocco,[7] an obscure Brazilian publishing house. Albeit having sold "well", the publisher after a year decided to give Coelho back the rights. Needing to "heal" himself from this setback, Coelho set out to leave Rio de Janeiro with his wife and spent 40 days in the Mojave Desert. Returning from the excursion, Coelho decided he had to keep on struggling and was "so convinced it was a great book that [he] started knocking on doors".

THE GREAT GATSBY  BY  F. Scott Fitzgerald

The GREAT GATSBY BY F-SCOTT FITZGERALD is a bestseller novel in 2019 written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional towns of West Egg and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession with the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval and excess, creating a portrait of the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream

Fitzgerald—inspired by the parties he had attended while visiting Long Island's North Shore—began planning the novel in 1923, desiring to produce, in his words, "something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." Progress was slow, with Fitzgerald completing his first draft following a move to the French Riviera in 1924.His editor, Maxwell Perkins, felt the book was vague and persuaded the author to revise over the following winter. Fitzgerald was repeatedly ambivalent about the book's title and he considered a variety of alternatives, including titles that referred to the Roman character Trimalchio; the title he was last documented to have desired was Under the Red, White, and Blue.

First published by Scribner's in April 1925, The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and sold poorly. In its first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies.Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. However, the novel experienced a revival during World War II  and became a part of American high school curricula and numerous stage and film adaptations in the following decades. Today, The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title of the "Great American Novel."

The novel's U.S. copyright will expire on January 1, 2021, when all works published in 1925 enter the public domain in the United States.

LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT BY PREETI SHENOY

Life Is What You Make It is a best selling  novel by Preeti Shenoy . The book was in “Top books of 2011” as per the Nielsen list which is published in Hindustan Times. It was also on Times of India  all-time best sellers of 2011.This is an astonishing love story set in India in 1990s. This is a book of love, hope and how determination can overcome even destiny.

The story revolves around protagonist Ankita who is in her 20s and has some issues from the past which haunts her. The story begins with schooling from a town where she gets into a relationship with Abhi and Vaibhav. Her thoughts get divided and confused at is going around. Ankita gets into B-School and starts working hard, becoming very competitive in nature. At college she gets cosy with another guy and starts liking her, meanwhile her parents find the secret letters written by Abhi and those letters are burnt off in front of her giving warning. Ankita gets very disturbed with events turning out in this way and get affected by bipolar disorder and the story is all about how she handles the situation and with sheer determination she overcomes all challenges to make life the way she wants.

The book is set in Kerala in the 1980s. The story opens with a series of letters between the protagonist, Ankita and her childhood friend, Vaibhav, who is in IIT Delhi.

Ankita has just entered St Agnes College for Girls and makes many friends. Soon, she becomes the ace of the college, excelling in studies and in college cultural festival events. Her attraction for Vaibhav starts fading away. She meets Abhishek from another college, who confesses to having feelings for her.

Three years later, Ankita gets selected at a premier management institute in Mumbai and dumps Abhishek. Heartbroken, Abhishek commits suicide. Meanwhile Ankita starts her MBA course where she starts progressing like never before.

Ankita develops a photographic memory, excellent stamina and is able to ace her exams. She also becomes creative, witty and articulate. But soon, she gets carried away with her euphoria, becoming reckless.

Ankita falls into great depression and tries to commit suicide. She is later admitted to a mental hospital where Dr Madhusudan diagnoses her with Bipolar Disorder. After many months, Ankita is able to recover from her depression and is able to manage her condition.

Fifteen years later, she has earned six degrees and is married. She has a small daughter.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID THE MELTDOWN BY JEFF KINNY

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of best selling fiction books written by the American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney  All the main books are the journals of the main character, Greg Heffley. Befitting a teen's diary, the books are filled with hand-written notes and simple drawings of Greg's daily adventures.

Since the release of the online version in May 2004, most of the books have garnered positive reviews and commercial success. as of January 2019, more than 200 million copies have been sold globally.

The first, second, fourth and ninth installments have been adapted into films by 20th Century Fox

The game Poptropica has released two islands themed after Diary of a Wimpy Kid, called Wimpy Wonderland and Wimpy Boardwalk.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid officially began when Kinney brought up an idea about a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley, who wrote about his personal life. In May 2004, FunBrain and Kinney released an online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The website made daily entries until June 2005. He worked on his book for almost eight years, before showing it to a publisher in New York.

In February 2006, during the New York Comic Con, Jeff signed a multi-book deal with publisher ., to turn Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a print series.

The book became an instant hit, and the online version received about 20 million views as of 2009. Nonetheless, many online readers requested a printed version; Kinney agreed, and in April 2007, Diary of a Wimpy Kid was published.To date, fourteen Wimpy Kid books have been released, plus one do-it-yourself book, two movie diaries, and a spin-off. In April 2009, TIME named Kinney one of The World's Most Influential People.

RAM scion of ikshvaku by Amish

Scion of Ikshvaku (also known as Ram: Scion of Ikshvaku) is a best selling book by Indian author Amish Tripathi, released on 22 June 2015. It is based on Ram, the legendary Indian king regarded as an incarnation of Vishnu. The title was revealed by the author at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The story begins with King Dashrath of Ayodhya being defeated in a war by Lankan trader Raavan, and the birth of his son Ram. It follows through Ram's childhood and tutelage, along with the politics surrounding his ascension to the throne, and ultimately his 14-year exile, accompanied by wife Sita and brother Lakshman.

Urmi Chanda-Vaz writes in scroll.in: "He has an almost magical ability of retaining the essence of familiar mythological tales while spinning wildly deviant plots...While not a great fan of his literary style, I cannot help but admire Amish for the way he manages to create completely new stories from old ones...for anyone who is familiar with the author's previous works, the book meets all expectations, for Amish bends it better than Beckham... Amish's easy-to-read prose and page-turning style is designed to be accessible and enjoyable. From the looks of it, he is poised to set another best-selling record.

Sandipan Deb writes in LiveMint: "You can read Ikshvaku either way—as the start of what I hope will be a thrilling series that will bring Ram and Sita closer to a lot of Indians, or as an honest analysis and a very intelligent man’s musings on everything from Manu Smriti to Milton Friedman, all presented in the garb of a series of adventure novels... This is what makes Amish very special among the few Indian bestselling authors we have."[

Ivinder Gill of Financial Express commented that 'The Scion of Ikshvaku is what could be called a modern take on the Ramayan, with Amish taking the familiar story further, or sideways, with his own interpretation of events. The proverbial poetic licence has been used to maximum limit, as we discover a ladies man in Bharat or a lathi-wielding Sita.' Sanjeev Sanyal writes in Daily O: "In the new series, the author explores the importance of the rule of law... In my view, Amish does well to take the modern reader back to the original philosophical conundrums, especially when he explicitly puts these debates in a modern context... Overall, Scion of Ikshvaku is a fast-paced, action-packed retelling of the Ramayana... I look forward to the next volume in the series."

List of books by author Amish Tripathi

GREAT STORIES FOR CHILDREN BY RUSKIN BOND

Great Stories for Children by Ruskin Bond THE BEST SELLER BOOK is an assortment of colorful

and enthralling stories which will indulge the readers in the fascinating world of its endearing characters.
There are 18 stories in this book, the last section being a short autobiography of the author where he tells how he lead his life from that of being a bachelor to now a beloved grandfather.
The language of the book is quite simple yet engrossing. Nature is always been a persistence theme in his stories with a message that the nature of hills should be saved and encouraged. People should not destroy it for commercialization or personal motives.


The stories give you a glimpse of the author’s elegant and easy craft of writing. The stories in this book are mostly based on the wonderful sync which humans have with native for survival.
The first few stories show the friendship between the kids and nature, then comes up some ghost, out of them some are naughty while others are friendly. Through this book, you can travel up and down the hills, through various blends and noticing flowers, python, tigers, ghosts and some heartwarming friendships.

The ensemble includes Tutu, the monkey who is fond of troubling Aunt Ruby, a troublesome Pret who enjoys stirring up the household he resides in, a pet python who makes sudden appearances at the most unusual places, three young children stranded on the Haunted Hills, Himalayan bears who feasts on pumpkins, plums and apricots, a crafty thief who has a change of heart and Ruskin Bond himself who meets a ghost at a resort in the middle of the night.
Ruskin Bond has been writing for over sixty years and has been awarded John Llewellyn Rhys Award, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and two more awards from Sahitya Akademi for his writing for children.

This is one of the best selling novel to read for your children.

THE GIRL IN ROOM 105 BY CHETAN BHAGAT

The Girl in Room 105 is a bestselling novel and it is the eighth novel and the tenth book overall written by the Indian author Chetan Bhagat. The book became a bestseller based on prearranged sales alone. It tells about a IIT coaching class tutor who goes to wish his ex-girlfriend on her birthday and finds her murdered. The rest of the story is his journey where he stands by his ex-girlfriend after her death to find justice. The book also addresses the stereotypes and political issues we face in India.

The novel opens up with a conversation of the author of the book, Chetan Bhagat with a fellow passenger on a midnight IndiGo flight from Hyderabad to Delhi. After an initial conversation, Chetan agrees to listen to the story of the fellow passenger. Soon after, the fellow passenger starts narrating his story to the author.

It’s a good fiction novel and a best seller book.

GRANDMA’S BAG OF STORIES BY SUDHA MURTHY

Who can resist a good story, especially when it's being told by Grandma? From her bag emerges tales of kings and cheats, monkeys and mice, bears and gods. Here comes the bear who ate some really bad dessert and got very angry; a lazy man who would not put out a fire till it reached his beard; a princess who got turned into an onion; a queen who discovered silk, and many more weird and wonderful people and animals.

Grandma tells the stories over long summer days and nights, as seven children enjoy life in her little town. The stories entertain, educate and provide hours of enjoyment to them. So come, why don't you too join in the fun

Its for the coming young readers and it’s a best seller novel by author Sudha Murthy

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad is a 1997 book written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter.its a best seller and amongst the top 10 best selling novels still in 2020. It advocates the importance of financial literacy (financial education), financial independence and building wealth through investing in assets, real estate investing, starting and owning businesses, as well as increasing one's financial intelligence (financial IQ) to improve one's business and financial aptitude.Robert Kiyosaki is best known for his book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, the #1 New York Times bestseller.  Robert Kiyosaki followed with Rich Dad's CASHFLOW Quadrant and Rich Dad's Guide to Investing. He has now had at least a dozen books published.

It gives us the financial knowledge and inspires us to grow bigger and how to spend money.The main purpose of the book is to teach us the importance of assets and how to acquire assets.

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