List of Indian women writers

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This is a list of women writers who were born in India or whose writings are closely associated with that nation.

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  • Manjula Padmanabhan (born 1953), playwright, journalist, comic strip artist, children's writer
  • Mrinal Pande (born 1946), television presenter, journalist, novelist, non-fiction writer, newspaper editor
  • Meghna Pant (born 1980), award-winning novelist, non-fiction writer, journalist, feminist, columnist, speaker
  • Dhiruben Patel (born 1926), Gujarati novelist, short story writer, playwright, translator
  • Savitribai Phule (1831–1987), poet, social reformer
  • Gita Piramal (born c. 1954), magazine editor, businesswoman, non-fiction writer
  • Gudibande Poornima (born 1951), poet, novelist, non-fiction writer
  • Manjiri Prabhu (born 1964), novelist, filmmaker
  • Manasi Pradhan (born 1962), novelist, women's rights activist
  • Amrita Pritam (1919–2005), poet, novelist, essayist, first prominent Punjabi woman poet
  • Neelkamal Puri (born 1956), Punjabi novelist, short story writer, columnist, educator
  • Deanne Pandey (born 1968), fitness and lifestyle writer

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  • O. V. Usha (born 1948), Malayalam poet, novelist, short story writer

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  • Urvashi Vaid (born 1958), Indian-American LGBT activist, non-fiction writer
  • Vaidehi (born 1945), acclaimed Kannada short story writer, essayist, novelist, poet, children's writer
  • Aparna Vaidik (born 1975), historian
  • P. Valsala (born 1938), novelist, short story writer, social activist
  • Mahadevi Varma (1907–1987), Hindi poet, women's rights activist
  • Kapila Vatsyayan (born 1928), art historian, non-fiction writer
  • Reetika Vazirani (1962–2003), Indian-American poet, educator
  • Kaajal Oza Vaidya (born 1966), screenwriter, novelist, journalist
  • Vijayalakshmi (born 1960), prolific Malayalam poet
  • Pinki Virani (born 1959), journalist, best selling novelist, non-fiction writer
  • Susan Visvanathan (born 1957), sociologist, non-fiction writer, novelist, essayist

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  • Shama Zaidi (born 1938), art critic, screenwriter, filmmaker
  • Zahida Zaidi (1930–2011), poet, playwright, critic, educator

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