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 country.

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  • Akka Mahadevi (12th century), poet writing in Old Kannada
  • Tilottama Majumdar (born 1966), Bengali novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist
  • Anju Makhija, since 1990, poet, playwright, translator
  • Amita Malik (1921–2009), film and television critic, radio journalist
  • Kiran Manral (born 1971), novelist, blogger, non-fiction writer
  • Kamala Markandaya, pen name of Kamala Purnaiya Taylor (1924–2004), best selling novelist, journalist
  • C K Meena (born 1957), novelist, journalist, educator
  • Meera (15th century), Hindu mystic poet
  • K. R. Meera (born 1970), journalist, novelist, short story writer, children's writer
  • Rama Mehta (1923–1978), sociologist, novelist, non-fiction writer
  • Indu Menon (born 1980), Malayalam novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, sociologist
  • Jaishree Misra (born 1961), best-selling novelist
  • Baisali Mohanty (born 1994), author, columnist, non-fiction writer
  • Molla (1440–1530), poet, translated the Ramayana into Telugu
  • Muddupalani (18th century), Telugu poet
  • Chitra Mudgal (born 1944), Hindi novelist
  • Bharati Mukherjee (born 1940), Indian-American novelist, short story writer, non-fiction writer, author of Jasmine
  • Khadija Mumtaz (born 1955), medical doctor, novelist, author of Barsa (novel)
  • Sudha Murthy (born 1950), Kannada novelist, short story writer, children's writer, sociologist, businesswomen
  • Seema Mustafa, since 1990s, journalist, biographer, newspaper editor
  • Meher Pestonji, (born 1946), freelance journalist, author

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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
  • 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
  • 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), screen writer, 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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