Novels by Indian Authors that Hit Bestselling Charts in 2017

As 2017 draws upon its curtains, it is time to have a look at the bestselling novels by Indian authors that kept readers hooked and publishers happy. Like every year, this year was also dominated by some big names that have become a publishing phenomenon and have been ruling the roost since their inception at the commercial storytelling. Chetan Bhagat along with Amish Tripathi continued their dream run at the Bookoffice while some new names from the last year have also made their presence felt at the publishing charts.

Durjoy Datta who is known for churning out some quick stories also remained consistent throughout this year, mostly for his recent releases. Savi Sharma, the new kid on the block, also hit a million mark (number of copies sold) with her debut Everyone Has a Story, followed by the success of her second novel, This is not your story. Soha Ali Khan,the actor-turned-writer, is also garnering good appreciation from readers while gaining significant sales figures for debut book The Perils of Being Moderately Famous.

Let us not test your patience anymore and present to you the list of top bestselling fiction novels of 2017:

  1. One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat

Publisher: Rupa Publications

According to a 2016 report by the Indian Express, One Indian Girl has shattered all pre-order records in Amazon’s history. The book which is the first book in which the author chose a feminine narration continues to feature in the weekly top 10 list of bestselling books by HT-Neilsen. The book, though, has got some uninvited troubles when A a Bengaluru-based author Anvita Bajpai had blamed that it was “an intelligent copy of her story ‘Drawing Parallels’ from the book ‘Life, Odds & Ends'”.

 

Read the full book review here.

2. Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat

Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat
Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Half Girlfriend, which is also adapted to a Bollywood movie with the same name, tells the story of a Bihari boy who struggles with English. The author exploits subject relevant to the masses, which reflected in the sales numbers achieved by the books. The book, released in 2014, as of today ranks 30 in the ‘romance’ category on Amazon.in.

 

Read the full book review here.

3. Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat

Publisher: Rupa Publications

Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat, released in 2011, is a love triangle, with layers of corruption, revenge,and self-admiration, set against the rampant corrupt engineering coaching industry.

 

Read the full book review here.

4. Sita: Warrior of Mithila by Amish Tripathi

Sita - The Warrior Princess of Mithila Front cover reviewPublisher: Westland India

This book is a winner since its release, securing 18th slot in Books in the ‘Amazon Bestsellers Rank’. Sita…. scores #1 in Books > Literature & Fiction category on amazon. The book presents Sita as a strong woman who is as versed with weapons as with matters including leadership and governance. She can discuss these topics in length with the likes of Vishvamitra. An inspiring character, I must say.

Read the full book review here.

5. The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

Review Immortals of Meluha by Amish TripathiPublisher: Westland India

The debut novel by Amish Tripathi, the Immortals of Meluha is first of the three in Shiva Trilogy. Though it has been over seven years since the novel was first released but it is as popular it was at the time of its release. The novel is known for setting new publishing benchmarks and driving the readers crazy who loved Lord Shiva in a human incarnation.

Read the full book review here.

6. The Secret Of The Nagas by Amish Tripathi

Publisher: Westland India

The Secret of the Nagas is the second novel in the Shiva saga. Amish Tripathi takes the story further from the conclusion of the Immortals of Meluha. Readers who had left with some questions in the first part flocked in huge numbers to buy the book, resulting in the humongous success of the second part too.

 

7. The Oath of the Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi

Publisher: Westland India

The third and the last in the series of Shiva Triology, The Oath of the Vayuputras, was one of the most awaited novels in the Indian publishing history. It received a warm response from the readers who were getting restless to know the climax of Shiva-tale. Like its predecessors, the novel did immense well at the bookoffice making Amish Tripathi one of the highest earning Indian author.

Read the full book review here.

8. Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi

Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi

Publisher: Westland India

The first book in Amish’s Ramchandra trilogy was released in 2015. Banking on the success of the Shiva Triology, as media reports suggest, Amish had received record signing amount the book. And I am sure publishers had already made  much more than that and still counting.

 

9. Boy Who Loved by Durjoy Datta

Publisher: Penguin Metro Reads

The boy who loved is another love story by Durjoy Datta. The book portrays the journey of a boy called Raghu who, despite being a bright student, nurtures a suicidal tendency. And, slowly he starts to isolate himself from the world. The story takes a turn when Raghu falls for a girl who has some similar traits of him. Overall, the book is slightly different from the urbane tales of Durjoy Datta and seems to be in similar line with Chetan Bhagat’s who is known for weaving some simple small town stories.

 

10. I Too Had a Love Story by Ravinder Singh
Publisher: Penguin Metro Reads

I too had a love story is the debut novel by king of mushy romance in India, Ravinder Singh. This book is touted as the real life love story that has been moving the hearts of millions of Indian readers. It’s been around a decade when this book was written but it still stands in bestselling charts.

 

11. Girl of My Dreams by Durjoy Datta
Publisher: Penguin Metro Reads

Girl of My Dreams is a psychological thriller by India’s renowned romance novelist Durjoy Datta. The novel narrates the story of Daman who is battling memory problems post a car accident. Durjoy Datta, for a couple of years, has been churning some quick novels that have been turning out to be bestselling novels. No doubt, he has been featured multiple times in my articles on bestselling Indian novels of 2017.

Read the full review here.

12. Everyone Has A Story by Savi Sharma

Book Review: This is not your storyPublisher: Westland India

Everyone Has a  Story is the debut novel by popular author Savi Sharma. Let me tell you, this book was an instant hit, after ith took just 100 days to hit six-digit sales figure.

You can read the full review of the book at storiesinmoments.


13. Our Impossible Love by Durjoy Datta

Publisher: Penguin Metro Reads

Here’s once again, I present to your Durjoy Datta with another bestseller of the year. Our Impossible Love by Durjoy Datta tells the story of Aisha and Danish. While Aisha from the nerdy-types is trying to find the meaning of his life. Like any other teenager, her life is surrounded with issues like boys, sex and of course grades and school politics. On the other hand, Danish is a 23-year-old boy and final-year psychology student, whom author has made to resemble more of loser.

To know more, go read this bestseller.

14. Life is What You Make It by Preeti Shenoy
Publisher: Srishti Publishers

 

15. God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Publisher: Random House

 

16. The Perils of Being Moderately Famous by Soha Ali Khan
Publisher: India Penguin

17. This Is Not Your Story By Savi Sharma

Publisher: Westland India

 

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