Hindi Booklist

Adha Gaon

The story unfolds during the latter years of the Raj and the first decade of Independence and portrays the rival halves of a zamindar family in the village of Gangauli – their loves, fights and litigations.


Ardhanarishvar attempts to achieve the unity and harmony between genders at various levels of personality and social life. While dealing with prevalent societal issues, the author takes a step forward and discusses a solution.

Jhini Jhini Bini Chadariya

Jhini Jhini Bini Chadariya, taken from a phrase by Kabir Das’s poem, this novel is based on the life of weavers in Banaras. Written after ten years of research the novel explores the situation of the weavers socially, politically and economically.

Jhootha Sach

Jhootha Sach is arguably the most outstanding piece of Hindi literature written about the Partition.


Set in the Kumaon Hills of Uttrakhand, Kasap is beautiful novel based on a short-lived love story between a free-spirited middle-class girl, a young boy and scholars of Kashi.

Lal Pili Zameen

A contemporary Hindi novel based on violence in villages and small towns, Lal Peeli Zameen, is the few selected works in the language where the environment is the hero of the story.

Maila Anchal

Regarded as the most significant Hindi novel, after Premchand’s Godan, Maila Anchal is a social novel detailing the trials and tribulations of a small group of people in a remote village of North-east Bihar during the Quit India Movement.

Mitro Marjani

Mitro Marjani is the story of Sumitravanti, the unstoppable middle daughter-in-law of the Gurudas household and it’s through their lives, that we see the different faces of a traditional Indian household.

Mujhe Chand Chahiye 

This is a captivating narrative about how a small-town girl, being introvert and shy, grows up ambitiously yet humbly, to become a successful superstar in Indian film industry.

Raag Darbari

By Shrilal Shukla Translated by Gillian Wright The novel highlights the failing values present in post-independence Indian society. It exposes the helplessness of intellectuals in the face of a strong

Shekhar Ek Jeevani

‘Shekhar’ is such a character of Hindi literature who is very lonely. He is rebellious, existent and curious. His life is a continual ‘search for meaningfulness’ which makes the book an important creative work relating to philosophy of life.