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Indian Literature Books - An introduction to India's rich literary legacy

Exotic India brings you the widest selection of books on the languages and literature of India. Our thousands of volumes contain a wealth of information and entertainment for your reading pleasure.


The variety of works available ensure that we have whatever you are looking for. Our biographies, dictionaries, and history books bring you the knowledge you need. But we also have fiction, poetry, and children’s books, among so many other genres.


Indian literature is treasured for its deep roots, breadth, and flourishing creativity. It all begins with the writing of the Rig Veda, written down more than three thousand years ago. From there, unmatched epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana created the basis for storytelling that would go on to inform writers and readers for thousands of years.


Since then, many languages in the area have developed their own literature, introducing new styles while also learning from existing work. This exchange has generated a creativity unseen almost anywhere else, and it is a literary tradition that continues to astound and inspire us to this day.


In the 21st century, the diversity of cultures and languages in India has led to a feast of literary delights. There is perhaps no region with literature as magnificent in scope as India, and we make it available to you here. Throughout these thousands of books, you can explore this grand tradition while enjoying the convenience of an online shopping experience.


Exotic India continues to expand our already massive selection, growing our selection and making sure that books on the languages and literature of India continue to be enjoyed by future generations.


Q1. Which Indian language has the most literature?


There are more than 22 officially recognized languages in India and out of all these, the Kannada language (spoken mainly in the Indian state of Karnataka) has the highest number of literary works. Works of Kannada literature have received eight Jnanpith Awards and forty-seven Sahitya Academy awards. It is believed that literature in the Kannada language started centuries earlier. Most of the Kannada literary works are based on the principles of Hinduism or commentaries upon Vedic literature such as Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita. These works have been able to reach readers from all types of social classes over the decades.


Q2. Which is the oldest book of Indian literature?


Indian literature is considered the most influential and earliest among all the literary works. The oldest works of Indian literature date back to 5,000 years. These were orally transmitted in the Sanskrit language and were later compiled by Srila Vyasadev which is known as the Vedas. The Vedas were then passed down through bona fide disciplic succession. Among the four main Vedas, the Rig Veda is considered the oldest book comprising texts or verses recited in various ceremonies and sacrifices.