Don’t we all appreciate the artists but forget to look out for their inspiration; don’t we all appreciate the writing of popular Indian authors but never look for the face supporting them in their endeavors. Let’s break the monotony with this article.
We bring you the names of ten popular authors and their life partners who supported them through thick and thin and shaped them into the literary icons, we adore today. Starting with the most obvious choice, we have
- Ajay K Pandey and his wife Bhavna
Ajay K Pandey became a writer by chance, it was his wife’s demise that compelled him to put his thoughts on paper and finally publish the book that we all glorify. Ajay K Pandey writes realistic heart-touching stories and of course, derives the inspiration from his own experiences.
His lady Bhavna was a housewife, not much to say about her professional career, but least we can say is that she was an inspiring lady. Bhavna today is not with us but her battle with cancer turned her into an inspiration that will continue to remind us that sometimes there is, victory in losses.
Books by Ajay K Pandey
- Durjoy Dutta and his wife Avanthika Mohan
Durjoy Dutta, the heartthrob Bengali author built a loyal audience base with his dimpled smile and dark-humored but realistic stories. Though it breaks many reader’s hearts to know that, he is married. Well! Avantika Mohan is pretty enough to make a lot of guy envy Durjoy Datta. An engineer turned writer, Durjoy Datta found his passion in writing during his engineering days, his first book, “Of course! I Love You, Till I Find Someone Better”, was a runaway bestseller.
Durjoy and Avantika have been married for less than 2 years and with a baby girl already on board, they make up for the cutest mermaid family on Instagram! Avantika Mohan is a mother but prior to being a mother, she worked as a Flight Attended; a fashion enthusiast, a tea-sipper, a travel freak and Durjoy’s dream come true, Avantika is as popular as Durjoy Datta.
Books by Durjoy Datta
3. Chetan Bhagat and Anusha Bhagat
Well! We all have not only read about Chetan Bhagat’s romance but have also watched it in form of a feature film, 2 States. Chetan Bhagat met Anusha Bhagat during his IIM Ahmedabad days; Anusha is a Tamil Brahim while Chetan is a hardcore Punjabi; their cultural differences should have made them felt awkward around each other but it ended up being the real glue to their happy and fulfilling relationship.
His wife Anusha Suryanarayanan was born into a Brahmin family from Thanjavur and did her schooling in Chennai. Chetan has always credited his rockstar wife for all the strength and positivity in his life. She currently works as a senior official in an MNC.
Books by Chetan Bhagat
- Sudeep Nagarkar and Jasmine Sethi
Another name upon our list of popular Indian authors and their spouses is this couple who sustained their long-distance relationship despite all the cultural and ideological differences; while we are talking about differences, it is important to mention that Sudeep Nagarkar is a bestselling Indian Author, whereas Jasmine Seth hates to read books.
With best selling books like “You are trending in my dreams” and “Our Story Needs No Filter” in his satchel, Sudeep Nagarkar is a popular name in an Indian family that loves to read contemporary authors. Jasmine Sethi is a Delhite and currently working her way to entrepreneurship through handmade crafts business. She is starting to accept Mumbai as her home and is always the first person to read Sudeep’s first drafts. Sudeep’s book ‘All rights reserved to you’ is their own story.Their love story is no less than an inspiration. Jasmine Seth and Sudeep Nagarkar were in a long distance relationship for more than 3 years; time has tested their bond and turned into something very attractive and irreplaceable.
Coming from Delhi, Jasmine Seth now resides in Mumbai with Sudeep Nagarkar and is working hard to make her entrepreneurial venture a success. Not to mention but undoubtedly, Jasmine Seth gets to read all the drafts of Sudeep’s book even before the editors and publisher.
Books by Sudeep Nagarkar
5.Amitav Ghosh and Deborah Baker
Amitav Ghost is a Bengali author best known for his works in the English Language. He is a Padma Shri award winner and also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His works of Literature are recognized not only in India but across the world. He married Deborah Baker who is also a writer.
Deborah Baker is a biographer and an essayist. She was a finalist for Pulitzer Prize for biographies in 1994. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014.
Some of her notable works include
A Blue Hand: The Beats in India, a biography of Allen Ginsberg and In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding.
This couple of literary intellectuals surely deserve to be on this list of popular Indian authors and their spouses.
- Ashwin Sanghi and Anushika
Ashwin Sanghi is an Indian writer who loves to entertain readers with his thrilling retelling of mythologies. He is the author of best-selling novels: “Chanakya’s Chant”, “The Rozabal Line” and “The Krishna Key”. All his books are based on historical, mythological or theological themes. He is an author of the new era, retelling Indian stories in his own style.
Anushika Sanghi, wife of Ashwin Sanghi is actually the reason why he became an author. Even though it was an arranged marriage, the couple really adores each other. In his own words, when he started reading about history and mythology, it was his wife who gave him the suggestion of writing it all down. She is the first person who reads his work and also gives suggestions.
Books by Aswhin Sanghi
7.Preeti Shenoy and Satish Shenoy
Preeti Shenoy is an Indian author who has been consistently nominated as 100 most influential celebrities in India. Her popular books are ‘It’s all in the planets’ and ‘It happens for a reason’ which is much loved by the masses. She is one of the five India’s highest selling authors.
Satish Shenoy is an accountant and a good cook. He wanted to be a doctor but couldn’t bear the sight of blood. So he wanted to marry a doctor but fell head over heels in love with Preeti. He is also a bit artsy and even wrote a guest post on Preeti’s blog.
The couple has been happily married for a long while now.
Books by Preeti Shenoy
8.Jhumpa Lahiri and Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush
Nilanjana Sudeshna “Jhumpa” Lahiri is the daughter of Bengali Indian Emirates and though she is of American Nationality, she will never stop being popular among Indian masses. Moreover, her mother instilled Bengali culture among her family. And she grew up knowing her Bengali heritage. Her most notable works include ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ and ‘The Namesake’. She is a Pulitzer prize winner.
In 2001, Lahiri married Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, a journalist who was then deputy editor of TIME Latin America, and who is now senior editor of TIME Latin America. Lahiri lives in Rome with her husband and their two children, Octavio. Alberto is very keen to show interest in the Bengali culture and learn the language as well.
9.Sudha Murthy and N R Narayana Murthy
Sudha Murthy is an Indian author and philanthropist who writes in English and Kannada. She began her career as a computer scientist and engineer. She has founded several orphanages on her quest towards philanthropy and she also participated in rural development efforts. She is best known for her work “Dollar Bahu” originally in Kannada, which was later translated into English.
Narayan Murthy is an Indian IT industrialist and co-founder of Infosys. His name has been listed among twelve greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune Magazine.Murthy has also been honored with the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards. Sudha and Narayan Murthy are the most influential couples making the world a better place with their efforts. That is why this list of Popular Indian authors and their spouses is incomplete without them.
10.Ravinder Singh and Khushboo Chauhan
Their love story tells you that first love isn’t all that matters. Ravinder Singh belongs to a Sikh family from Odisha and was working as a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft when he decided to become a writer. His girlfriend died before he formally proposed to her to get engaged and he adapted his story into a novel.
Khushboo Chauhan was one of the readers to his first novel and was deeply moved by it. She went to a Gurudwara to pray for him without knowing that one day they would be sharing a life together.
Seems like fate had a hand to play in their story.
Thus concluding the list of 10 popular Indian authors and their life partners, we are moved to see love stories happening in real life and not just on paper. After all, finding the right life partner is a step towards having a good life.
Books by Ravinder Singh
Popular Indian Authors and their life partners