Why do we need a list of the “Best Indian Romance Novels”? The romance novel genre is booming. New books and writers are being introduced by the dozen.
Especially so after the success of Indian authors like Chetan Bhagat and Durjoy Datta. If there is a theme which a budding writer would want to choose so they can get the largest success possible, it is the chick-lit and romance sections that end up being the target.
So, in this massive deluge of books, how do you figure out which ones you should read and those you can skip? While we can’t help you with all the books you should not read, here is a list of the Best Indian Romance Novels which you should not miss.
1. Wish I Could Tell You – Durjoy Datta
It is the story of Ananth. He believes in all things good and he manages to find that good in everyone he comes across. Driven by an intense urge to help those in need, he joins an NGO.
Mohini is an aspiring author looking for a story. Her search for an interesting story leads her to the same NGO.
How Ananth and Mohini find what they’re looking for forms the crust of this book.
2. The One You Cannot Have – Preeti Shenoy
This book handles the delicate subject of love failure and depression and puts a different spin to things. It gives us a message that if the situations are handled in a more matured way all these lives can be saved.
3. You Are the Best Wife – Ajay K. Pandey
This book is written in a loving and passionate voice and it is difficult not to fall in love with this story. It revolves around the two main characters – Bhavna and Ajay.
They meet while pursuing Engineering and Ajay immediately falls in love with Bhavna. After a lot of family drama, they get married and lead a blissful life.
But all this is shattered when Bhavna falls sick and her death tears the two of them apart (this is not a spoiler).
The best thing about this book is that it will make the readers feel the same pain which the characters do.
4. Baaz – Anuja Chauhan
Ishaan Fauzdaar is a young and charismatic Air Force Officer. He is known as Shaanu to his near and dear ones and as Baaz to his colleagues and friends.
Tehmina Dadyseth is an independent, strong-willed and highly opinionated girl. Baaz is their story. Set in 1971, against the backdrop of the India-Pakistan war, this book has an excellent plot and lovable characters.
5. Will You Still Love Me? – Ravinder Singh
This book is the story of Lavanya Gogoi and Rajveer Saini. She hails from Shillong and he, from Patiala. They are as different as they come. On a flight from Mumbai to Chandigarh, they sit next to each other.
Do they fall in love? And what happens next? forms the core of this story. The book is an impassionate love story and is very close to reality.
6. When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
Dimple Shah has her life sorted out. She has recently graduated and now, she just wants to move out of her house. She has had enough of her mother searching the ‘Ideal Indian Husband’ for her.
On the other end is Rishi Patel, a hopeless romantic. He desires for an arranged marriage because of his belief in traditions and customs.
What happens when these two extremely opposite characters meet? The book is funny, witty and charming.
7. A Bollywood Affair – Sonali Dev
Mili Rathod got married when she was just 4-years-old. Twenty years later, she is still waiting for her husband to come for her. Though she belongs to a conservative and patriarchal society, she is currently studying in America.
Her brother-in-law, Samir Rathod, is a famous Bollywood director. He comes to America to meet Mili and request her to divorce his brother. But soon, Samir himself falls for her.
This debut book is heartfelt, witty and engaging.
8. A Half-Baked Love Story – Anurag & Gunjan Garg
This book is a feel-good love story of Aarav and Anamika, narrated in the flashback style.
Aarav is a rich brat and he sleeps with every girl he can find. But long ago he was a shy teenager and Anamika was his first love. During a New Year’s party, a drunk Aarav recounts his tale to his friends. This flashback story is what forms this book.
9. The Girl Who Knew Too Much – Vikrant Khanna
This book is the story of Akshara. Her mother’s death has devastated her and she spends most of her time in solitude.
One day, when she is crying inconsolably, a young man approaches her. He tries to console her by narrating the story of another girl and her dead boyfriend. This story makes Akshara hopeful but can she trust Harry?
This book is a romantic mystery. The suspense elements in the book are something to look forward to.
10. The Boy who Loved – Durjoy Datta
It is the story of Raghu Ganguly, a school going boy who lives in Delhi with his family. On the outside, he is just a regular boy. But deep down, he is broken with guilt and pain.
Brahmi, a girl who is just as broken as Raghu is also a part of this story. Will these two find solace in each other? This forms the story of this unconventional love story.
The sequel to this book is “The Boy with a Broken Heart”.