Salman, Seth, Shenoy, Shobhaa, Subramanian & Sanghi #AtoZChallenge

S has so many of  the must read authors that  I have chosen 6 authors. Too many you say! But S is a super popular alphabet for names as I learnt today morning courtesy my BAR. 
So, I start with the controversial, brilliant and very vocal Salman Rushdie who needs no introduction. Emotions are high in the works of this lady, Preeti Shenoywho has a diehard following for her tear-jerker novels. Next is one of my favorite novelists whom I would love to meet in this lifetime, he could have been in V but I was eager to share about him, the ‘very suitable boy’ Vikram Seth.
Another lady makes it the S list, again she has all the things that make her a very popular, sassy and of course controversial writer, Shobha De. And, yes I have read most of her booksJ Next are two authors whose suspense – thrillers give the best of foregien authors a run for their money! Take a bow, Ravi Subramanian  & Ashwin Sanghi. Luckily I have read many books from all  of these writers; what about you?

He is also the author of a book of stories, East, West, and four works of non-fiction – Joseph Anton – A MemoirImaginary Homelands, The Jaguar Smile, andStep Across This Line.  His novel, Midnight’s Children (1981), catapulted him to literary notability. This work won the 1981 Booker Prize and, in 1993 and 2008, was awarded the Best of the Bookers as the best novel to have received the prize during its first 25 and 40 years.  Midnight’s Children follows the life of a child, born at the stroke of midnight as India gained its independence, who is endowed with special powers and a connection to other children born at the dawn of a new and tumultuous age in the history of the Indian sub-continent and the birth of the modern nation of India.

Preeti Shenoy is listed among the Forbes List of the 100 most influential celebrities of India 2013 edition, Preeti Shenoy, who is among the best-selling authors in India (Source: Nielsen scan) weaves magic with her words and pictures. India today has named her as being unique for being the only woman in the best-selling league.  
“Author of five best-sellers, Artist ( Portraits, Mixed media, paper quilling), Poet, Yoga-Buff, Ex-basketball player, Blogger, Dobe-owner, Nature lover, Ted X speaker and a Mother.” After a brief stay in the UK, Shenoy, who is married and a mother to two children, currently resides in Bangalore. Her latest book, The One You Cannot Have (published by Westland Ltd) released in November and has been gathering positive reviews from readers.

Vikram Seth (born 20 June 1952) is an Indian novelist and poet. He has written several novels and poetry books. He has received several awards including Padma Shri, Sahitya Akademi Award, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, WH Smith Literacy Award and Crossword Book Award. Seth’s collections of poetry such as “Mappings” and “Beastly tales”, are notable contributions to the Indian English language poetry Canon.

 Shobhaa De   is an Indian columnist and novelist, De is best known for her depiction of socialites and sex in her works of fiction, for which she has come to be known as the “Jackie Collins of India”.
She founded and edited three magazines—Stardust, Society, and Celebrity. Stardust magazine, published by Mumbai-based Magna Publishing Co. Ltd., was started by Nari Hira in 1971 and became popular under the editorship of Shobhaa De. In the 1980s, she contributed to the Sunday magazine section of The Times of India. In her columns, she used to explore the socialite life in Mumbai lifestyles of the celebrities. At present, she is a freelance writer and columnist for several newspapers and magazines.
Shobhaa De runs four weekly columns in mainstream newspapers, including The Times of India and Asian Age. She has been the writer of several popular soaps on television, including India’s second daily serial, Swabhimaan (first is Shanti).

Ravi Subramanian is an Indian author writing popular thrillers on Banking and Bankers. Ravi Subramanian is India’s numero uno thriller writer, having written six bestselling books.  An alumnus of Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore), he is currently head of a leading financial institution.  A career banker and financial services professional, Ravi has worked with various multinational banks (Citibank, ANZ Grindlays Bank and HSBC) for over eighteen years. As a result of his extensive background in foreign banks, writing about banking comes quite naturally to Ravi. Each one of his books thus far have been set in the backdrop of a foreign bank. 
He is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and has won two Crossword Book Award for The Incredible Banker and The Bankster. Other popular books from his belt are If God Was a Banker, Bought the Monk’s Ferrari, Devil in Pinstripes, Bankerupt.

Ashwin Sanghiis a New York Times bestselling author who is included in the Forbes India Celebrity 100. He is also the recipient of the Crossword Popular Choice Award.  Ashwin’s first novel, The Rozabal Line, was self-published in 2007 under his pseudonym, Shawn Haigins, an anagram of his real name Ashwin Sanghi. The theological thriller based upon the theory that Jesus died in Kashmir was subsequently published by Westland in 2008 in India under his own name and went on to become a bestseller, remaining on national bestseller lists for several months.

So here are my choices for S, Which is your favorite? 
I am writing about INCREDIBLE INDIAN AUTHORS for the A to Z Challenge 2015.

Author bio from respective websites and wikipedia. 

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