1.Rabindranath Tagore:Rabindranath Tagore (born May 7, 1861) was the first non-European laureate to win the Nobel Prize. Best known as a poet, he was a man with a great number of talents. He was a nationalist who gave up his knighthood to protest British policies in colonial India after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. He was a painter and a songwriter too. One of these rare talents were short stories too. He wrote them in Bengali, English and Hindi. He even translated various famous English stories in Bengali and Hindi.
His famous short stories are: Sompotti Somorpon, Kabuliwallah (The Fruitseller from Kabul), Ghare Baire (The Home and the World), Jogajog (Relationships), Nastanirh (The Broken Nest), Shesher Kobita (The Last Poem or Farewell Song), Gora, Char Oddhay, Bou Thakuranir Haat, Malancha and Chokher bali are some of his excellent works in short stories.
2. Premchand: Munshi Premchand (born July 31, 1880), is one of the most renowned names in Hindi Literature. His original name was Dhanpat Rai. He was a novelist, a dramatist and mainly a short story writer. His translations into Hindi are still relevant. Munshi Ji was a teacher by profession but was still writing in Urdu language. He also wrote tiny stories. He was very patriotic and his works in Urdu depicted the conditions of the nationalist movement going on in colonial India. His thought-provoking short stories were realistic on one hand and poignant on the other. His short stories always carried some sort of social message while side by side entertaining the readers. His depiction of plight of girls and women in the 19th century is picturesque and hits the readers to create awareness about the status of women. He was later elected as Progressive Writers’ Association in Lucknow.
His famous short stories are: Adeeb Ki Izat, Duniya ka Sabse Anmol Ratan, Bade Bhai Sahab, Beti ka Dhan, Saut, Sajjanata ka dand, Panch Parameshvar and Pariksha.
His famous short stories are: The timeless beastly tales and other stories, From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet, Arion and the Dolphin (for children)
3. R. K. Narayan: Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami (born October 10, 1906) was an Indian writer who was renowned as a man of simplicity. His writing was as simple as his life was. He had been nominated for Nobel prize for literature several times. The compassionate humanism of each of his short and tiny stories. Swami was one of his best characters which was even adapted as a series on Doordarshan. Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami won various awards and honors for his works. These include, Sahitya Akademi Award for The Guide in 1958 and Padma Bhushan in 1964.
His famous short stories are: Gods, Demons and Others, The Grandmother’s Tale and Selected Stories, A Horse and Two Goats and Other Stories, Malgudi Days (book), Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories and The World of Malgudi.
4. Ruskin Bond: Ruskin Bond (born May 19, 1934) is a great Indian writer of British descent. He has authored many great children’s stories and was awarded Sahitya Akademi award to honor his work of literature. His famous character is Rusty who was involved in various mischievous activities since his birth.
His famous short stories are: The sensualist, The night train at Deoli, The cherry tree, The tiger in the tunnel, Time stops at shamli, Sussana’s 7 husbands, Delhi is not far, The room in the roof, Death of the trees, The blue umbrella, A flight of pigeons, When darkness falls.
5. Mahadevi Verma: Mahadevi Verma (Born March 26, 1907) was in true sense the modern Meera as Mahadevi Verma was greatly influenced by Buddhism and she was deeply aesthetic. Her poetry is marked by a constant pain, the pain of separation from her beloved, the supreme being.She brought Chhayavaad generation back to its position when romanticism was at its peak. She received Jnanpith award in the year 1982.
Her famous short stories and prose are: Ateet Ke chalchitra, Kshanda, Mera Parivaar, Path ke Saathi, Sahityakaar ki Asatha, Sambhashan, Sankalpita, Shrinkhla ki kadiya, Smriti Ki Rekhayen
6. Khushwant Singh: Khushwant Singh (Born Feb 02, 1915) was an Indian novelist, a lawyer and a journalist. He was a man of rare intellect and possessed many hidden talents. He was a graduate of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and King’s College London.He was the editor of many reputed newspapers and magazines like, The Illustrated Weekly of India, The National Herald and the Hindustan Times.
His famous short stories’ collections are: The Mark of Vishnu and Other Stories, The Voice of God and Other Stories, A Bride for the Sahib and Other Stories, Black Jasmine, The Collected Stories.
7. Mulk Raj Anand: Mulk Raj Anand (Born Dec 12, 1905) was the first Indian writer in English to be in the light in the international scene. He can be considered a pioneer in anglo-Indian fiction and the first to depict the masses and their plight. He highlighted many social evils prevailing in the society of that time. He himself was born in a coppersmith family but being an avid learner, he went to Cambridge for higher studies.
His famous short stories’ collections are: The Lost Child and Other Stories, The Barber’s Trade Union and Other Stories, The Tractor and the Corn Goddess and Other Stories, Reflections on the Golden Bed, The Power of Darkness and Other Stories Lajwanti and Other Stories, Between Tears and Laughter, Selected Short Stories of Mulk Raj Anand, Tales Told by an Idiot: Selected Short Stories.
8. Jhumpa Lahiri: Jhumpa Lahiri(Born July 11, 1967) is a Pulitzer prize winning writer known for works of fiction like Interpreter of maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth and The Lowland. She is famous for the pondering thought she spends on each and every character and the mesmerizing emotional connection with them.
Her famous short stories’ collections are: Interpreter of maladies, the namesake
9. Vikram Seth: Vikram Seth (Born June 20, 1952) is an Indian novelist, poet, travel writer best known for his epic novel ‘A Suitable Boy’. For more than three decades he has been writing and getting the due appreciation from critics. He graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford and did his master’s in economics from Stanford University, U.S.A. The novel ‘The Golden Gate’ published in 1986 made him one of the most highly acclaimed novelists of his time and the book won him plenty of accolade from readers as well as critics.
10. Anita Desai: Anita Desai(Born June 24, 1937) is one of the most notable contemporary Indian fiction writers in English. She was born to a Bengali father and a German mother. She grew up in Delhi, receiving her education first at Queen Mary’s School and later at Miranda House, one of Delhi University’s most prestigious colleges. At the early age of seven, she published her first novel,Cry, the Peacock, in 1963. Desai since then published novels, short stories, and children’s literature.
Her famous short stories’ collections are: Games at Twilight and Other Stories, Diamond Dust: Stories
Other notable short story writers include, Jayshankar Prasad, Rohinton Mistry, Kiran Desai, Amitav Ghosh and Arundhati Roy.