7 Re-Discovered Books on India you will definitely Love
Do you ever feel that you don’t know your country well? Do you think you should know something more about India? Well, Here is a list of books by various accomplished Indian authors on the historical, geographical, and political aspects of this great and diverse nation.
1) Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata- by Devdutt Pattanaik
This book is a very simple yet meaningful illustration of the epic Mahabharata. Even if you are not a diehard Mythology fan, this will be a refreshing read. Devdutt Pattanaik captures the original story of Mahabharata, yet succeeds to unleash many unknown stories and characters. The 108 chapters of the book are provided with a set of bulletin points at the very end. These points present alternate versions of the story and its significance in the context of the story. So, even if you know the Mahabharata in its entirety, I promise you this will be a treat you won’t regret.
2) The Immortals of Meluha- by Amish (Based on Ancient India)
3) History of Modern India- by Bipin Chandra
This book is based on the research experiences of Bipin Chandra, an emeritus professor of Modern History right from the British Raj to the Independence of India. The 14 chapters in this book focus on the economic, religious, and social history of India. Bipin Chandra gives insight into the Struggle for Swaraj, The Nationalist Movement. He also explains the decline of the Mughal Empire and the various administrative policies in practice during that time. This book is a must-read for those who want to discover the History of Modern India.
4) An Era of Darkness : The British Empire in India- by Dr. Shashi Tharoor
The author, Shashi Tharoor brings out the reality of various acts of suppression and omission of the Indians by the British. The book reveals the destruction of Indian textile, steel-making, and shipping industries during the British Raj. It also portrays the decline of agriculture due to the disastrous treatment of Indians by the British. Like most of us, Shashi Tharoor is a die-hard Nationalist and he says “India is my country, and in that sense my outrage is personal.” Brilliantly narrated and passionately argued ‘An era of Darkness’ clears many doubts during the darkest period in Indian History.
5) Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography- by Sanjeev Sanyal
Why do Indians call their country Bharat? How did the British build the railways across the subcontinent? What was it like to sail on an Indian Ocean merchant ship in the fifth century AD? Why was the world’s highest mountain named after George Everest? Sanjeev Sanyal answers all these questions in a well- researched manner and beautifully interlinks the Geography and the History of India. The book takes you back in time. It sets you off on a journey across the various mountain passes, ancient archaeological sites, rivers and old writings. This book is a total value for time and fascinates the reader in all aspects.
6) The Brave: Param Vir Chakra Stories- by Rachna Bisht Rawat
Rachna Bisht Rawat takes us inside the life of 21 of India’s bravest soldiers and showcases their courage and leadership in different wars and battles. The stories of Valor, grit, determination, patriotism will amaze you and make you feel proud of these Param Vir Chakra awardees. This book gives you a chance to know these ‘men of steel’ who have given their everything to keep this country safe. It is a salute to all those who have given the supreme sacrifice for the motherland.
7) India’s Most Fearless: True Stories of Modern Military Heroes of India- by Shiv Aroor & Rahul Singh
‘India’s Most Fearless’ outlines the supreme sacrifice the armed forces and their families make so that we can sleep peacefully. The best point raised by the authors in the introduction – “The truth is that India remains constantly at war” – something we seldom remember. In this book are amazing tales of bravery and empathy displayed by the Indian Soldiers. Here we find stories that help us understand what makes a Soldier, a real-life Hero. With a special account of the Cross Border Surgical Strike by our Special Forces, this book will always keep you on the edge. It is a must-read for every Indian and feel proud to be a part of this great Nation.
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