Raj Kamal Jha is an emerging Indian author. His three novels, which have been translated into more than 11 languages, are highly successful. They are set in contemporary India and show aspects of everyday life. This thesis provides an analysis of Jha's themes, motifs and narrative techniques and compares them to statistics and observations by scholars about current India. The motifs complement the themes, such as violence, suppression and taboo, and contribute to a realistic depiction of this country. The narrative techniques include changes in the narrative situation, genres within genres, chronological fragmentation and ellipses triggering confusion and opacity in the reader. This opacity is also characteristic of India. Furthermore, in an excursus, this thesis aims at showing that Jha's novels are late-breaking. The excursus picks up the current situation in India as a harrowing gang-rape in New Delhi in December 2012 ? its victim embodied the emerging middle class as she was a successful student - triggered enormous protests. This crucial incident has finally raised questions of gender relations, the role of women in society and family, and violence against women and children, which were formerly tabooed and avoided. All in all, this thesis shows that Jha's novels represent a realistic picture of contemporary India through his themes, motifs and his complex style of writing, which mirrors opaque and multi-faceted India.