Top 4 Stars of Contemporary Indian Literature - 2023

31 July,2023 03:55 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  BrandMedia

In the ever-evolving landscape of Contemporary Indian Literature, the current scene has been marked by a profound transformation, presenting a diverse array of talented authors who have significantly impacted the literary world.

Top 4 Stars of Contemporary Indian Literature

In a recent study of contemporary Indian literary works and their reviews by critics, readers, journalists, book enthusiasts, book bloggers, and media representatives, we narrowed down to four distinguished authors as the top 4 stars of Contemporary Indian Literature. Neelam Saxena Chandra, Rashmi Trivedi, R K Mohapatra, and Ankit Jhamb, have certainly emerged as exemplary voices that have captured the essence of the Indian cultural milieu, inspiring readers and enriching the literary tapestry with their brilliance.

According to this study, the top 4 stars of Contemporary Indian Literature are:

Let's take a look at their magnificent literary journeys.


Neelam Saxena Chandra is a name to reckon with in the field of literature, despite being an Engineer. Using simple but lucid language, she touches the heart of the readers. Viewers and readers are in love with her emotional and motivational poems, and her solo live presentations of poems on her Facebook page have fetched more than 8 Million views at times.

She has rendered her poems in many international and national forums, including SAARC, International Literary fest organized by Sahitya Akademi, ISISAR, Jashn-e-Adab, Jashn - Hind, Poets Across Borders, USA Radio, Paper Fest, Big Dreams Fest etc and has been interviewed by several channels including Doordarshan and Doordarshan Sahyadri. Her interviews and book reviews have also appeared in various national newspapers. IANS recently listed her as one of the four female poets one should read - news that was carried by several newspapers and blogs.

Neelam Saxena Chandra has authored 6 novels, 8 short story collections, 37 poetry collections and 14 children's books to her credit. She holds a record with the Limca Book of Records - 2015 for being the Author having the highest number of publications in a year in English and Hindi.

She has won a prize in a poetry contest organized by the American Embassy & Arushi (awarded by Gulzar Sahib), an award by Women's Web for fiction writing, an award in a National poetry contest organized by the Poetry Council of India 2016, award for writing for children by Children's Book Trust, awarded a prize for her fiction by Women's Web, etc. She has received Sohanlal Dwivedi Puraskar for children's literature by Maharashtra state Hindi Sahitya Akademi for the year 2018, the Humanity International Women Achiever Awards 2018, the Bharat Nirman Literary Award in 2017, the Premchand Award (Twice) by Ministry of Railways, Rabindranath Tagore International Poetry award, Soninder Samman, Shabdshree Samman, Freedom award by Radio city for Lyrics along with other awards and honours. She was listed in Forbes as one of the 78 most popular authors in the country in 2014.

If you think writing is tough, check Neelam Saxena Chandra's books. Having written 71 books in different genres and in English/Hindi, she's just too good.

She keeps churning book after book, most of which are bestsellers - be it a novel, a short story collection, a poetry book or a children's book. A holder of 3 records by Limca Books and having been listed as one of the 78 most popular authors in the country in 2014, she is a name to reckon with. She was also awarded by Maharashtra Hindi Sahitya Samiti, besides other national/international awards.


Rashmi Trivedi is a well-known author, poet, and TEDx speaker. She has authored seven books, four of which are bestsellers on Amazon. She is an MBA in Marketing and works as a Deputy General Manager in an Oil Public Sector company. Rashmi has received many prizes and accolades in writing. Being a science student, she had never imagined that she would venture into the literary world. Writing happened to her by chance when she shared her experiences in her first book," Woman, everything will be fine" which was a memoir depicting the challenges faced by today's working women. This book became a best-seller, and other books followed. Her novels, "2047: The Unifier", " From Ashes to Dreams ", and "The Lockdown ", were all very well received by the readers and topped the bestseller charts.

Her books have a unique storyline, and the protagonists are independent and strong-willed women breaking the shackles and the dictate of society. Her writings portray her progressive and positive thinking.

In her latest book, " She for Her", Rashmi has broken the stereotype that " Women are women's worst enemies". Rashmi believes that this regressive narrative was a part of the bigger plan to keep women competing and fighting amongst themselves so that they did not raise their voices against various social and economic injustices meted out to them.

"It's time to change the narrative to ‘She for her', " she says.

Rashmi Trivedi loves to write poetry. Many of her poems have gone viral on social media and have won the appreciation of people from all corners of the world.


CMA R K Mohapatra is a renowned Indian best-selling Author of non-fiction self-help books worldwide; having 32 years of rich experience in Finance and Accounts in India and abroad, he is well-known for his work in cash and wealth management, portfolio and risk analysis, financial micro- and personal planning, and retirement planning for individuals.

R K Mohapatra is also a blogger, writer, speaker, social activist, and Award-winning bestselling Author. He has published five books and more than 30 articles in various daily newspapers, Journals, & Magazines and has been featured in online media, including The Free Press Journal, the New York Express, The Entrepreneur India, The News Now, the Midday, Midgetherald, Outlook money, The pioneered, The Update India, Entrepreneur Hunt, the early TIMES, Financial Express, India Today, Business Standard and print media magazines of "Indian Railways," Reader's Trail," "Intriguing Imagination," "The Eagle Eye" & "CFO Connect IMA India.".

CMA R K Mohapatra was a speaker and panellist on the Theme: "SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME...." at the 18th Edition Asia Pacific HRM Congress and the Chief speaker on the topic "Investment Opportunity and Risk Management in India" at ICAI, Bhubaneswar Chapter, Bhubaneswar, in 2019. He was also one of the speakers on the "Smart Investment for a Secure Retirement" topic in a webinar organized by Mohapatra was a guest of honour at the Financial Literary Seminar at Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala in 2023.

Mohapatra's honest and striking portrayals of the corporate world earned him numerous national and international awards: the Exemplary Leader Award 2019; the Literary Titan Gold Book Award 2020, Reader's Favourite- Gold Medal 2020, 'Hall of Fame' 19th Edition Asian HR Leadership Awards 2021, Criticspace Literary Awards' Best Indian Author Awards 2021′, Inspiring Indian 2022, the Indian Glory Awards - the Best Writer of the Year 2022, "Mahadevi Verma Sahitya Shiromani," the Pride of Odisha 2022, and the prestigious Bharatiya Sahitya Ratna- Best Author Award-2022.

Recently, he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award - 2023 for his remarkable contributions to the literary field.

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Ankit Jhamb is the Chief Learning Officer with one of the largest global consulting firms. His writing journey started in the year 2019, and since then, he has been on a writing spree. India Book of Records lauded his efforts for writing 10 books in 3 years. He was awarded India's top mind for the year 2022 and was on the list of 100 leaders under 40.

His latest book, "the most negative book of Positivity," became a bestseller and was ranked No 3 by WH Smiths at the International Airport. So far, he has published four books, with 6 manuscripts waiting to be released. His third book entered the Hall of fame, and he was categorised as one of India's top 50 influential authors.

His first book was a story on depression and passion, his second one a gripping tale on alcoholism and trauma, his third a love story, and his fourth was a nonfiction about 30 destructive emotions. He has clinical psychology fiction, mythology fiction, a story on same-sex marriage and many such stories in his kitty. His expertise in psychology enables him to peel human predicaments in his stories.

This rigorous evaluation process has recognized the unparalleled contributions of these top 4 stars of Contemporary Indian Literature in 2023. Indian poet, writer, and literary critic Sabbi Ansari who is a regular contributor to literary criticism at Outlook India, Mid-day, ABP Live, The Update India, and Aaj Tak, was one of the contributors of this study. She sums up, "Their artistry transcends linguistic and cultural boundaries, making a lasting impact on the literary landscape of India."

As torchbearers of contemporary Indian literature, Neelam Saxena Chandra, Rashmi Trivedi, R K Mohapatra, and Ankit Jhamb have proven themselves worthy of this prestigious recognition, and their works will undoubtedly continue to inspire generations of readers and aspiring writers alike.

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