Arts and Literature – 1

Delhi Law Academy

Below you will find important information for the Arts & Literature type of GK/Current Affairs questions. Remember, this list is NOT exhaustive! It will cover all the fundamentals you should know, but there is no limit to what should be studied in GK & Current Affairs.

Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi Awards
  • The Jnanpith Award(also spelled as Gyanpeeth Award) is a literary award in India.
  • Along with the Sahitya Akademi Award,it is one of the two most prestigious literary honours in the country.
  • Any Indian citizen who writes in any of the 22 languages in Schedule 8 (of the Indian constitution) language is eligible for the honour.
  • 2014 Jnanpith Award – Balchander Nemade for “Hindu: Jagnyachi Samrudhha Adgal” in Marathi
  • Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, annually confers on writers of the most outstanding books of literary merit published in any of the major Indian languages recognised by the Sahitya Akademi.
  • Awardees for 2014:
  • Famous poets Javed Akhtar (Urdu), Subodh Sarkar (Bengali) and Ambika Dutt (Rajasthani)
  • Novelists Mridula Garg (Hindi), Manmohan (Punjabi) and R.N. Joe D’ Cruz (Tamil)
Important books and their authors
Book’s Name Author’s Name
A Gift of Monotheists Ram Mohan Roy
Adventures of Sherlock Homes Arther Canon Doel
All the Prime Minister’s Men Janardan Thakur
An Unknown Indian Nirad C. Choudhary
Anand Math Bankim Chandra Chattopadhaye
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
Apple Cart G. B. Shaw
Astyadhaye Panini
A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
A Passage to India E. M. Foster
A Suitable Boy Bikram Seth
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Bicramanchadev Bilhon
Blind Beauty Boris Pasternak
Buddhacharit Asvaghosh
Comedy Errors Shakespeare
Circle of Reason Amitava Ghosh
Crisis of India Ronal Segal
Coolie Mulkraj Anand
Das Capital Karl Marx
Devi Chaudharani Bankim Chandra Chattopadhaye
Divine Comedy Dante
Divine Life Sivanand
Economic History of India Ramesh Chandra Dutta
Freedom at Midnight Lapierre & Collins
Friend Not Master Ayub Khan
Gathering Strom Churchill
Ghulamgiri Jyotiba Phule
Hero of Nymph Aurobindo Ghosh
Hind Swaraj M. K. Gandhi
Hindu View of Life S. Radhakrishnan
I follow the Mahatma K. M. Munshi
India Divided Rajendra Prashad
India Wins Freedom Abdul Kalam Azad
Indian war and Independence D. V. Savarkar
Indica Megasthenes
Inheritance of Loss Kiran Desai
Jungle Book R. Kippling
Kidnapped Stevenson
Kubla Khan Coleridge
Mahabhashya Patanjali
Man and Superman G. B. Shaw
Midnight Children Salman Rushdi
Mother Maxim Gorkay
My Experiments With Truth M.K. Gandhi
Myth of Independence Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Neel Darpan Dinbandhu Mitra
Netaji Dead or Alive Samar Guha
New Dimensions of India’s Foreign Policy A. B. Vajpayee
New India Annie Besant
Pakhtoon Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
Paradise Lost John Milton
Pather Panchali Bibhuti BHushan Bandopadhaye
Poverty & Un-British Rule in India Dadabhai Naoroji
Rajtarangini Kalhan
Ramcharit S. K. Nandi
Saket Mathili Saran Gupta
Satyarth Prakash Swami Dayanand
Straight from the Heart Kapil Dev
Tahakak – E – Hind Albiruni
Talisman Walter Scott
The Bandit Queen Mala Sen
The City of Joy Dominic Lapier
The Discovery of India Jawahar Lal Nehru
The God of Small Things Arundhuti Roy
The Harry Potter Series J. K. Rowling
The Indian Struggle Subash Chandra Bose
The Indian War of Independence V. D. Savarkar
The Prince Machiavelli
The Satanic Verse Salman Rushdi
The Spirit of Islam Syed Amir Ali
The White Tiger Aravind Adiga
Theory of Relativity Einstein
Three Musketeers Alexander Duma
Two Leaves and a Bud Mulkraj Anand
Unhappy India L. Roy
Utopia Thomas Moor
Volga Se Ganga Rahul Sankritayan
War and Peace Tolstoy
What Congress and Gandhi have done to the untouchables B. R. Ambedkar
Important Autobiographies

APJ Abdul Kalam – Wings of Fire

Adolf Hitler – Mein Kampf

Albert Einstein – Autobiographical Notes

Anne Frank – Diary Of A Young Girl

Bill Clinton – My Life

Barack Obama – Dreams From My Father

Dalai Lama – Freedom in Exile

Jawahar Lal Nehru – An Autobiography

Leo Tolstoy – My Confession

Marilyn Monroe – My Story

Mahatma Gandhi – The Story Of My Experiments With Truth

Martin Luther King Jr. – The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr

Nelson Mandela – A Long Walk To Freedom

Usain Bolt – Faster Than Lightning


Important Books by APJ Abdul Kalam

India 2020 – 1998

Wings of Fire – 1999 (Autobiography)

Ignited Minds- 2002

The Luminous Sparks – 2004

Mission India – 2005

Inspiring Thoughts – 2007

Target 3 Billion (with Srijan Pal Singh) – 2011

Turning Point – 2012

My Journey – 2013

A Manifesto for Change – 2014

Works of Kalidas

Important plays-
1. Malavikagnimitra
2. Abhijnanasakuntalam
3. Vikramorvasiya

Epic poems-
1. Raghuvamsa
2. Kumarasambhava

Lyrical poems are-
1. Meghaduta or Meghasandesa
2. Ritusamhara