What is a classic? An example of something, something characteristic of an era or a time? We thought a lot about what a classic novel meant, and shortlisted some of what we term “the new classics”. Most of the novels below speak of a political, cultural, social struggle faced by nations in South Asia. We like to think of them as compelling narratives that have captured the era of Millennials.
|Mohammed Hanif: A Case of Exploding Mangoes is written by Pakistani writer Hanif in 2008. The novel is a dark satire.|
|Taslima Nasrin: The novel Lajja, which means shame was published in 1993. Soon after the publication, it was banned in Bangladesh and Nasrin was forced to flee her country.|
|Narayan Wagle: Palpasa CafeThe book published in 2005 in Nepal won the Madan Puraskar, Nepal’s highest literary honor.|
|Arundhati Roy: The God Of Small Things was a debut novel for Indian writer Roy, and it remains her only novel. The book won the booker prize in 1997.|
|Khaled Hosseni: Hosseni is an Afghan American author. Published in 2007, A Thousand Splendid Suns was number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list for 15 weeks following its release.|
|Shyam Selvadurai: Selvadurai is a Sri Lankan- Canadian novelist. The novel was published in 1994 and it won the Lambda Literary Award for gay male fiction and the Books in Canada First Novel Award.|
|Aravind Adiga: Published in 2008, this book won the 40th Man Booker Prize the same year. The White Tiger is Indian author Adiga’s first novel.|
|Jhumpa Lahiri: Lahiri is an Indian American author. Her book The Namesake was originally published as a story in the New Yorker, and was later expanded to a novel.|
Correction: An earlier version of the article was missing the eighth novel.