India’s best-selling book authors switching from fiction to nonfiction

The best-selling writers like Amish Tripathi, Durjoy Datta, and Ashwin Sanghi are finding ease in switching genres from fiction to nonfiction, and in some cases just as much success.

Moving from the world of imagined reality to the prosaic realm of facts may be tricky 

This is indeed a bit tricky in moving from the world of imagined reality to the realm of facts, but a host of writers, including bestselling ones like Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, and Durjoy Datta, is switching genres with a great ease.

What Amish Tripathi thinks?

For someone like Amish, the author of the Shiva triology, different and unusual takes on old ideas which make him one of the best-selling writer. Amish has recently made a transition and he has turned to nonfiction.

Amish Tripathi
Amish Tripathi

Taking off from his interest in mythology, Immortal India traces a civilizational journey from being Ajanaabhavarsh, Bharat, Hindustan to finally becoming India.“If there are subjects that one feels passionately about, the book practically writes itself,” Tripathi said.

In writing non-fiction, Tripathi said he uses a more direct approach while exploring social issues like women’s rights, freedom of expression and LGBT rights in mythology.

Dutta’s choice of subjects, like Tripathi, is in his comfort zone

Durjoy Datta is one of the most best-selling fiction author. Datta, the author of World’s Best Boyfriend decided to stick to romance even though the genre changed.

Durjoy Dutta
Durjoy Datta


“In fiction, I tend to stay away from the mundane and focus on the drama. Here, I have tried to delve more in the mundane because that’s where you have to look to find out how relationships tick,” he said.

From “Chanakya’s chant” writer:

It is the treatment of the subject that makes the drill different.For writer Ashwin Sanghi, there is no writer’s block that a peg of whiskey cannot cure, but for the young minds which may face an inability to write every now and then, he said, the trick was to “keep on writing instead of thinking about writing”.

Ashwin Sanghi
Ashwin Sanghi

Sanghi ventured into nonfiction with his 13 Steps series, a far cry from thrillers like The Krishna Key and The Rozabal Line that had made him famous. Sanghi co-authored 13 Steps to Bloody Good Marks with educator Ashok Rajani and teamed up with entrepreneur Sunil Dalal for 13 Steps to Bloody Good Wealth.

The news of best-sellers switching from fiction to non-fiction has surfaced for the first time in the market.Now is the turn for avid readers to chose fiction or non-fiction.