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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  • Manorama Jafa (born 1932), prolific children's writer
  • Rashid Jahan (1905–1952), Urdi short story writer, playwright
  • Jana Begum (17th century), early female writer of a commentary on the Qur'an
  • Pupul Jayakar (1915–1997), biographer, non-fiction writer on handicrafts
  • Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927–2013), acclaimed German-born British novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, grew up in India
  • Sarah Joseph (born 1946), Malayalam novelist, short story writer, author of Aalahayude Penmakkal
  • Isha Basant Joshi (born 1908, date of death unknown), poet, short story writer
  • Anees Jung (born 1944), journalist, columnist, non-fiction writer
  • Kirthi Jayakumar (born 1987), author, non-fiction writer, women's rights activist, feminist
  • Jyoti Arora (born 1977) Blogger, novelist

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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 (1831–1897), 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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  • Shama Zaidi (born 1938), art critic, screenwriter, filmmaker
  • Zahida Zaidi (1930–2011), poet, playwright, critic, educator

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