Top 10 Adventure Books of 2016 – India

 

A good story full of adventure always holds the mind and grips the attention of the reader. The nail-biting suspense and thrill adds to the excitement and will keep you engrossed till you reach the end of the book. There is an adventurous person inside all of us and these stories may help us relate to the characters and can re-live the adventurous fantasies you had.

 

Colorful Notions

Three young people who are settled with high-salaried jobs go on an adventurous road trip. Covering a span of 10000 kilometers just for the sake of fun, Abhay, Sashank and Unnati present a journey full of excitement and enriches the lives by giving a new perspective to life, love, and relationships.

Read it For:
a must read for all the adventure lovers, this book gives you jitters and also the butterflies in the stomach.
Don't Read it For:
The plots in the book seem like ordinary ones. Similar to the ones, you might have read in other books or seen in movies.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a treat to read. It covers the main aspects of travel, youth and food. This surely is the top 10 adventure books of 2016.

The God of Small Things

Story of two boys Rahel and Esthappen who are being tortured for the misfortunes of their lives. These twins grow up in a state of Kerala where the political events shape the state. The parents and relatives are also not spared by the various political events. How the lives or these two kids darkens is portrayed beautifully in the book.

Read it For:
Great language used. You will learn some really nice and new words and you will need a dictionary for sure. It is one of the top 10 books.
Don't Read it For:
it seems as if the words were used to glorify themes which were not that good earlier. It is just the game of words for this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
Debut novel of Arundhati Roy and it shows the impact of caste system on the lives of people in Kerala

A Fine Balance

The book is set up against the backdrop of mid 1970s. The government declares a state of emergency and the four characters who are stranger to each other are forced to live in a cramped up apartment. How these four people move from mistrust to friendship to love is the essence of this book.

Read it For:
This makes to the top 10 adventure booksas it creates a view of humanity in the most inhumane conditions.
Don't Read it For:
The circumstances turn out to be depressing and sad.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book beautifully captures the cruelty, corruption, heroism and dignity of India.

Midnight’s Children

This story revolves around Siani’s family and the events that lead to the independence of India. Saleem was born precisely at midnight and was blessed with telepathic powers and as a matter of fact all the children born around midnight were all blessed with these powers. Using these powers, these kids reflected against issues such as linguistic, culture, political differences etc. to give a shape to the nation.

Read it For:
It is a captivating family adventure. Surely one of the best books to read.
Don't Read it For:
The book is terribly slow and gives an excruciating pain.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is added to the list of Great Book of 20th Century.
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Around India in 80 Trains

Monisha’s family leave Sheffield and come down to Madras in order to make India as their home. They get fed up in 2 years and return to England with a bad taste of India in their mouths. Monisha returns after 20 years and goes on a train adventure around India. She travels in 80 trains and covers almost 40000kms which is almost equivalent to the circumference of our planet. This is a tale of a journey full of wit and sarcasm and humor.

Read it For:
People who love to travel in trains will love this book. It is one of the top booksof 2016.
Don't Read it For:
If you do not understand puns and sarcasm you would not like this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
This isby far the best book to reads in terms of adventure and will make you nostalgic.

2 States: The Story of My Marriage

Story of Krish and Ananya who are from two different backgrounds and two different states of India. They are deeply in love with each other and get married against all odds. Of course the parents don’t give their consent but these two just consistently make sure that the parents accept each other’s family. How will they convince them is a story to read.

Read it For:
Well narrated and full of emotions
Don't Read it For:
Seems like a plot of some Bollywood movie where eventually the hero and heroine win against all odds
What makes this book stand out?:
Another book which the youngsters might take as a bible for love relationships.

Saraswati Park

The story of pensive letter writer Mohan Karekar who lives with his wife Lakshmi in a fictional complex of Saraswati Park. When his nephew Ashish, who happens to be a gay, moves in with them, their life goes through multiple changes. How does their life transform is what the story revolves around.

Read it For:
It is an enjoyable read, you would love the portrayal of life of middle-class people. You would learn how people deal with their disappointments, hopes, despairs, desires and achievements.
Don't Read it For:
Being a debut novel, you might find it a little non-dimensional and flat
What makes this book stand out?:
The plot is quite simple and the depiction of people dealing with burden of their aspirations as well as unsaid hopes and loves is worth reading.

Those Pricey Thakur Girls

Story of Justice Laxmi Narayan Thakur and his wife Mamta who are living in the posh area of Delhi Hailey Road with their 5 daughters Anjini, Binodini, Chandrakanta, Debjani and Eshwari. How these parents watch over their naughty and troublesome daughters is what the story all about. This surely is one of the top 10 books of 2016

Read it For:
Some parts of the story are veryfun. It is a treat to read
Don't Read it For:
It is good for mainstream readers. Not that enriching content
What makes this book stand out?:
One of the bestselling novels from the writer of The Zoya Factor. Has the ingredient to keep the readers interested.

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

The book revolves around the writer and his wife. Their encounters with people such as a Sikh landlady, Custom officials, Taxi drivers, Survivors of the British Raj and Eunuchs. How they experience living in an ancient city and moving towards the modernity of Modern India. The writer finds evidence of the past tyrannies that the city has been through.

Read it For:
This book is very interesting and informative. The research done by the writer is exemplary. This is more of a novel than a travelogue.
Don't Read it For:
The book is portraying the clichés that Delhi is known for such as Sikh People, Pakistan partition etc. etc
What makes this book stand out?:
This is one of the book recommendationsfrom people who love to explore the ruins of old Delhi.

Twilight in Delhi

This is a book about India when it was shackled in the chains of slavery. This was one of the foremost novels to call out to have India freed from the British rule. This books shows how India was changing after colonization.

Read it For:
All those who have been to Delhi or are staying in Delhi will find something to connect with this book. It will surely transport you in a different era all together.
Don't Read it For:
It is a family story so it might get melodramatic sometimes
What makes this book stand out?:
The existence of Old Delhi’s Charm and the loss thereof is portrayed beautifully.

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