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Must-Read Hindi books that will help beginners learn Hindi

Due to its rich history, anyone looking to learn Hindi can go through millions of Hindi writing, poetry and literature to understand the language in a more refined way.

Must-read Novels/Books that will help Hindi learners learn Hindi!

Learning language through reading!

Nothing is better than a great book. And, if it is a book in a foreign language or a language that you are learning, even better! Because then you get to put to test and challenge what you have learnt thus far and get inspired to learn more!

A language is not only grammar and vocabulary but goes beyond - by providing a completely different lens to see the world. When you read a book in another language, it gives you a brand new vision. Due to its rich history, anyone looking to learn Hindi can go through  millions of Hindi writing, poetry and literature to understand the language in a more refined way. In this blog, we offer suggestions for books that help to grasp the Hindi language more effectively in an entertaining way. But before we proceed, let me take you through the Hindi language and why you should consider learning it.


Why are people learning the Hindi language?

Hindi is the 4th most widely spoken language in the world. This Indo-Aryan language has deep historical roots and has connections to virtually every language in existence today. Hindi is one of India's official languages and is spoken in numerous dialects in the northern half of the country. Hindi is also a lingua franca in several states of India, making it a handy language to learn when traveling to the country!  

Over 390 million people speak Hindi around the world - why not add to that number? Hindi and Indian cultures are intertwined. A certain level of knowledge of Hindi will be required to gain a better understanding of age-old Indian traditions, culture, literature, history, and cuisine. Also, Bollywood movies and music are something that the entire world is crazy about and if you are fluent in Hindi, you can enjoy great content. Check out Language curry’s article 10 reasons to learn Hindi which elaborates why many people are considering learning Hindi as a potential language to learn.

a blackboard with 'Kahani written on it in Hindi
In black board above, 'kahani' is wrtten in Devanagari script. Kahani means story.

Books/Novels that will help Hindi language learners (beginner level):

The vast world of books has something for everyone.

Hindi translation of Sudha Murthy’s books

Read sudha murthy stories in hindi to learn hindi
Popular stories by Sudha Murthy

Sudha Murthy is one of the most beloved authors of children's books. Her works have been translated into many Indian languages, including Hindi. She is highly recommended for Hindi learners due to her simple, yet profound writing style.


Munshi Premchand’s short stories

Munshi Premchand short stories in Hindi
Best Short stories by Munshi Premchand in HIndi

Munshi Premchand, the doyen of Hindi literature, was a master at writing down value-based content in very plain and simple terms. In his short stories such as 'Shatranj ke khiladi' (The chess players), 'poos ki ek raat' (A winter's night), etc., he captures life in simple and genial terms. Having a better understanding of the content may be enhanced by reading the English translation and viewing the screen adaptation. However, reading the original provides an enriching experience with an in-depth knowledge of the Hindi language.

Malgudi Days

Malgudi days in HIndi
R K Narayan's Malgudi Days

A must-read for every Hindi language learner is the timeless classic, Malgudi days, by the amazing RK Narayana. Taking place in a fictional village called Malgudi, the story revolves around Swami, an endearing little boy. Its innocent story and simple language make you feel as though you’re there in the village yourself surrounded by Swami and his friends. 


Stories from Mahabharata 

Read Mahabharata in Hindi
Mahabharata for children

With its valuable life lessons, this short story series keeps the readers captivated. Mahabharata is an epic about two cousins; the Kauravas and the Pandavas. The Hindi translations broken up into numerous small stories are a joy to read as well. Its simple language and great content make it the perfect introduction to both Hindi language and Indian culture.

Panchatantra tales


Panchatantra was written thousands of years ago by Pandit Vishnu Sharma. The Panchatantra moral stories are one of the most popular collections of animal-based fables. The fables’ intriguing content and narration in simple and fun-filled language make it a great choice for reading Hindi books at a beginner’s level.

With all these possibilities, there is nothing standing in the way of learning the Hindi language. But if you stumble and get discouraged, the Language Curry app is there to help. Practicing Hindi phrases, asking questions, evaluating yourself, and understanding the cultural background of the country will help you become more aware of the language.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your Hindi reading journey now. Read to see how the language fits together, read to see how the language flows, read for punctuation, read for vocabulary, read for style, read for content, read to fall in love with the language that gave the world words like veranda, jungle, bungalow.

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