Rushdie's book - The Satanic Verses

Almost two decades after Salman Rushdie’s landmark novel, "Midnight's Children", Indian authors are stepping into the limelight once again. Bookshelves all over the world are being inundated with various books by authors of Indian origin.

Quantity, however, does not mean they are compromising on quality. In 2001, Sir V.S. Naipaul won the Nobel Prize in literature. There is also another generation of young authors proving their ability to step into the shoes of greats like Rabindranath Tagore, V.S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie. Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book, "Interpreter of Maladies", in 2000. The same year, Amit Chaudhury won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction for his collection of three short novels, "Freedom Song".

Another diplomat-turned-author of repute is Shashi Tharoor. He is the United Nations undersecretary of communication and public information. He has authored two nonfiction and three fiction books. He has written for the New York Times,the Washington Post,the International Herald Tribune,the Times of India,the Indian Express,and Foreign Affairs. He is also the winner of a Commonwealth Writers Prize.