Top 10 Books on India

 

India is a country with a vast historical and cultural heritage. Many people have found the development of this country very inspiring. Filled with struggles, sacrifices, political and social aspects this country’s dark history has grabbed the attention of many. There are many popular books on India available throughout the world. Authors have experienced great spiritual and cultural journeys that they have written about in their books. India offers a lot of opportunities for self-realisation and enlightenment through the spiritual path to divinity. There are many authors who have focused on the history of India while some have accentuated on the spiritual and cultural side of India.

 

Discovery Of India

This book covers a variety of subjects related to history and politics and the foundation of India. Nehru clearly depicts his views via this book

Read it For:
Nehru’s approach to describing India and the way it was treated in the past.
Don't Read it For:
This book covers a lot of historical and political events from Nehru’s viewpoint. Some might not find themselves interested.
What makes this book stand out?:
Nehru’s adept narrative and explanation, making it one of the popular books on India.

In Spite of Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India

Luce depicts India’s economic status via this book. He explains how India stands as an economic rival to the US and cannot compete with the manufacturing industries of China.

Read it For:
How the inept public education system resorts to the illiteracy of Indians.
Don't Read it For:
This book is not suitable for those who are not interested in learning about the economic sector of India.
What makes this book stand out?:
For Luce’s amazing analyzing and descriptive skills.

A Passage To India

The story highlights the prejudice of the infamous Anglo-Indian community. How two women seek out to find the real India with the help of Aziz, a cultivated Indian Muslim which leads them to the center of a conspiracy?

Read it For:
The cultural and political conflicts that affect our world.
Don't Read it For:
some people might find this book boring.
What makes this book stand out?:
It clearly depicts and highlights the fate of individuals who get themselves entangled in the political and cultural conspiracies in this modern world. The book is one of the 10 best-selling books on India.

India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy

This book is a compilation of all the struggles, humiliations and challenges faced by the world’s largest democracy.

Read it For:
The brutal conflicts that genuinely affected the nation and how it still held together despite all the consequences.
Don't Read it For:
It is a purely historical, thoroughly researched book. People might find hard to grasp it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The intricate research and clear, descriptive language of the author that gives us the better glimpse at the history.
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India-A Wounded Civilisation

This book covers Indira Gandhi’s era of Emergency and highlights all mysterious and agonizing events inaccessible to foreigners and barely visible to its own people.

Read it For:
Naipaul’s amazing narration of the vibrant and unsentimental portrait of our society.
Don't Read it For:
People not interested in political and historical events may not enjoy this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
capturing the era where people were helpless and traumatized by centuries of foreign reign.

Out of India

This book is a collection of short stories that explains a foreigner’s perspective of visiting India.

Read it For:
The amazing depiction of how it feels to be a foreigner in India.
Don't Read it For:
The book is written from the author’s point of view, some might not relate to it.
What makes this book stand out?:
the author showcases her talent through her subtlety, wry humor and beauty in depicting the stories in the book.

India’s Unending Journey

Mark highlights his story as the BBC’s chief correspondent in India. The author was born in India and educated in Britain. Through this book, he tells us about his fascination regarding the Indian culture and modern customs.

Read it For:
The amazing depiction and narration of Mark Tully
Don't Read it For:
The book might not be understood by some because of strong language. Even so, it is one of the best books on India to read.
What makes this book stand out?:
Mark’s understanding and elocution about how India has changed him and had given him plenty of lessons. He explains India’s journey towards the future and feels that India has yet to teach the other parts of the world regarding economic growth, poverty relief, democracy education and environmental issues.

Freedom at Midnight

This book highlights India’s dark night of Freedom. This is a classic book covering the biggest event in the modern history of India.

Read it For:
To understand the struggles, sacrifices, partition and the birth of the nation, you should definitely read up on this book.
Don't Read it For:
The book is very detailed and covers a lot of events very thoroughly. It doesn’t provide a brief account of the events.
What makes this book stand out?:
Highlighting the Indian history.

Kim

The story revolves a teenager named Kim who travels across India with his guru searching for enlightenment.

Read it For:
Kipling’s amazing narrative skills immerses you into the story.
Don't Read it For:
This book follows a more spiritual perspective.
What makes this book stand out?:
The journey to self-realization and enlightenment.

A Search in Secret India

The book features the author’s inspiring search for spiritual; truth in India.

Read it For:
The amazing journey and inspirational sequence of events that highlights the author’s spiritual search.
Don't Read it For:
Not recommended for people who do not enjoy a cult classic.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author very skilfully describes and narrates the story leaving the readers awestruck, making it one of the top 10 books on India.

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