Looking for interesting people to follow on Twitter, people who tweet with wit, wisdom, and passion for what they do? Here’s a list of 20 contemporary Indian women writers you should follow.
These contemporary Indian women writers feel the pulse of contemporary India and the communities they are part of. Women who explore every possible genre, emotion and experience, many of them also bring a perspective to writing that is distinctively a woman’s perspective.
Here is a list of 20 contemporary women writers from India that you should follow – as in their writing, many of them are fearless and outspoken on Twitter as well, and don’t shy away from commenting on diverse topics, whether personal or political.
Krishna Udayasankar is the author of bestselling debut novel The Aryavarta Chronicles, a series of mytho-historical novels as well as Objects of Affection, a collection of poetry. Follow her for her views on trending issues of the day, books, social issues and mythology.
Meena Kandasamy is a poet, writer, activist and translator with a focus on caste annihilation, linguistic identity and feminism. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch and Ms Militancy and her novel, The Gypsy Goddess was published in 2014. Follow Meena for her fiery, outspoken views.
Preeti Shenoy is a bestselling novelist whose books include Life is What You Make It, The Secret Wish List and The One You Cannot Have. Preeti is renowned for writing extremely emotional, realistic stories, which readers can relate to. Preeti tweets about love, living, writing and her books.
Madhuri Banerjee writes about the woman of today, her changing thoughts and about issues usually spoken of in hushed whispers. She is the author of My Clingy Girlfriend, Scandalous Housewives, Losing My Virginity And Other Dumb Ideas, and Mistakes Like Love And Sex. Follow her for insights into relationships, books and life lessons.
Kiran Manral was a journalist before she quit to be a full time mother. Her blogs have featured in lists of India’s top blogs and she was a Tehelka blogger/columnist on gender issues. Her books include The Reluctant Detective and Once Upon A Crush. She tweets about women, parenting, work-life balance, and debates currently in the public eye. Kiran has also written at Women’s Web on many subjects.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra B. Divakaruni is an Indian American, award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher whose books revolve around the Indian experience in contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. She is the Author of OIeander Girl, One Amazing Thing, Palace Of Illusions and Sister Of My Heart. Follow her for her thoughtful tweets on wisdom, happiness and books.
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan writes her books with an autobiographical tone but they relate well to all young women in today’s world. She is the author of Cold Feet, You Are Here and Confessions of a Listmaniac. She tweets on current issues and trends, writing and feminism with a lot of wit and verve.
Aditi Mathur Kumar
Aditi Mathur Kumar is an author, blogger and advertising woman as well as an Army Wife. A Mother with the funniest blog in town and the book Soldier & Spice: An Army Wife’s Life, she tweets wittily on parenting, travel, army life and writing. Aditi Mathur Kumar writes at Women’s Web too.
Andaleeb Wajid is the talented author of many novels including More than Just Biryani, My Brother’s Wedding, Blinkers Off and Kite Strings. Her books often revolve around Muslim families and communities in today’s India. She tweets about her life, creativity, thoughts, books, the Muslim community and humanity.
Nilanjana Roy has authored both fiction, The Wildings and its sequel The Hundred Names of Darkness, a quirky story of cats in Nizamuddin, and essays, December 2015 – The Girl Who Ate Books. Follow her for her views on education, creative arts, writing and what she reads.
Shuchi Singh Kalra
Shuchi Singh Kalra writes with a lot of spunk and humour; her novel Done With Men follows the angst of a woman dumped as the name suggests. She has also contributed to the anthology Love Across Borders. Follow her thoughts on life and our ‘everyday’ with witty one liners certified to make you take notice. at
Sundari Venkatraman writes books in the romance genre but set in the family milieu. Her novel Double Jeopardy was published by Indireads while others such as The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom and Matches Made In Heaven are self published on Amazon. She tweets about romance, family, books, authors and writing. at
Sonali Dev is the writer of “Bollywood style love stories, much like the Mumbai monsoon – a little warm, a little lyrical, definitely dirty.” Her tweets are about books and sharing her life as a writer.
Ritu Lalit who describes herself as a mother of two ‘perpetually-shocked-by-their-mom’ sons, is the author of five books, including A Bowlful of Butterflies, a coming of age story about three fast friends in school, Hilawi a fantasy thriller, and Chakra, Chronicles of the Witch Way, again a fantasy adventure. She tweets in a no-nonsense manner about pretty much all that ails our society today.
Rashmi Bansal plays many roles including entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. She has authored many well-received non-fiction books, including Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, I Have a Dream and Poor Little Rich Slum. Co-founder of cult youth magazine JAM (www.jammag.com), she shares her thoughts about young people in India, women’s issues, life and family.
Naomi Datta is a TV Producer/Presenter and Author of The 6 PM Slot, a satire on the television industry. The book gives an insight into the strange world of television programming. She tweets with satire and crisp humour about life and living in India.
Rasana Atreya writes in the the voice of the ordinary India which is around us. Her novels include The Temple Is Not My Father, Twenty-Eight Years A Bachelor and Amazon bestseller Tell A Thousand Lies, which was also shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award. She tweets about self – publishing, books and writing. https://twitter.com/rasana_atreya
Ira Trivedi is the prolific author of well-researched works including What Would You Do to Save the World?, The Great Indian Love Story and India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st century, a landmark book on India’s new social revolution in dating, marriage and sexuality and she tweets about it too. Follow her at https://twitter.com/iratrivedi
Samhita Arni wrote The Mahabharata: A Child’s View as a child and hasn’t looked back since. With a deep interest in Indian mythology and contemporary society, she brings together both in creative reinterpretations of the Ramayana, Sita’s Ramayana and The Missing Queen. Follow her for news and views on women’s issues and contemporary Indian writing and publishing.
Author of Living A More Meaningful Life and Elements of Life, Inderjit Kaur is an author and inspirational guide with a powerful voice spreading positive thoughts. Follow her for tweets on writing, positive motivation, books and learning.
This list of authors will definitely enrich your twitter experience as well as add to your ‘to-be-read’ list. These accomplished women tweet about reading, writing, taking action, believing in a better world, accountability, love and standing up for ourselves – in short, everything that matters.