There is no dearth of Indian authors who write in English language, as of today. But it was not same a century ago. English literature and writing was still in its nascent phase in India and most of the Indian writers were either used to be Indian born British or Britain educated Indians. The list includes exponents such as George Orwell, Rudyard Kipling, Jim Corbett, Tagore and Sarojini Naidu among others.
The post independence decades were largely dormant with only few names
such as Nirad C Chaudhuri and R K Narayan inciting curiosity if any. It
was as late as early eighties that the new breed of writers such as
Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth, Amitabh Ghosh and Anita Desai started
popping upon the international literary map. The new breed of authors
and writers who emerged in post reform era carried the initiative
forward. These writers have created a niche for themselves among the
readers across the globe and have given signal loud and clear that they
are here to stay. The list includes the likes of Pankaj Misra, William
Dalrymple, Chetan Bhagat, Anurag Mathur, Kiran Desai, Kamla Das, Hari
Kunzuru, Jhumpa Lahiri and Arundhati Roy among others.
Amitav Ghosh, a pioneer of English literature in India, was born in Calcutta (Now Kolkata) in the year 1956. Amitav Ghosh was raised and educated at the same time in as different locations as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Egypt, India and the United Kingdom.
Born Eric Arthur Blair to an Anglo-Indian parent in the year 1903, George Orwell had a deep connection with India. It was in a barn in some sleepy village of Motihari district of the then Bihar that George Orwell had first tryst with the human world. His father, a famous Indigo planter of Champaran, wanted him to sail for England to study.
Jim Corbett, a colonel in the British Indian Army, was best known for being a hunter, conservationist and naturalist. He held the honor of killing many man-eating tigers and leopards in India, especially the United Provinces (now the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand). Being a multi-faceted personality,
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born in 1865 at Bombay to Lockwood Kipling. His father was a sculptor and the principal of the prestigious Jeejabhoy School of Architecture at Bombay. Kipling and his three year old sister, Alice, were sent to England as it was customary in those days.
Better perceived as the Indian 'William Wordsworth', Ruskin Bond was born in Kasauli in the then Punjab Province in the year 1934. Born to a first generation British migrant, Bond spent most of his childhood in amidst Himalayas. He was brought up at different places that included Jamnagar, Dehradun and Shimla.
Sarojini Naidu was born Sarojini Chattopadhyay in Hyderabad on February 13, 1879. She was the eldest sibling of a comparatively large family that was educated in England. Her father, Agorenath Chattophadhyay, received a doctorate in Science from the Edinburgh University. He was the founder and administrator of the Hyderabad College which is now known as Nizamís College of Hyderabad.