Here’s a small list. Happy reading!
God of Small Things — Arundhati Roy
Midnight’s Children — Salman Rushdie
A Suitable Boy — Virkram Seth
Clear Light of Day — Anita Desai
The Shadow Lines — Amitav Ghosh
A Fine Balance — Rohinton Mistry (if you really want to bawl your eyes out)
The White Tiger — Aravind Adiga
The Inheritance of Loss — Kiran Desai
Malgudi Days — R.K. Narayan
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia — Mohsin Hamad
Anything by Chetan Bhagat, if you really want to know what people in India are reading. He’s unbearable.
India After Gandhi — Ramachandra Guha
The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture, and Identity — Amartya Sen
The Great Partition: The Making of India — Yasmin Khan
The Discovery of India — Jawaharlal Nehru
Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan — M.J. Akbar
Pashtun Tales: From the Pakistan-Afghan Frontier — Aisha Ahmed, Roger Boase
I Am Malala — Malala Yousafzai (She just wrote a book. I really liked it. I reviewed it here)
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi — William Dalrymple (He’s British, but this is an exquisite book. Very good read. His others are also quite good.)
This list is India-centric, I know. I’m sorry, I know you wanted more Pakistan. If any of our followers can add to this list, that would be great!
— anedumacation (Jaya)
Michael Ondaatje is another (mainly) fiction author & poet!