Top 5 Must-Read Books About India!

Journey across India through these books that shed light on the intriguing history and vibrant culture of the country. By Amitha Ameen

THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS
Kiran Desai

Set in the Himalayas, this Man Booker Prize winning novel by Kiran Desai follows a retirement-ready judge and the orphaned anglicised granddaughter who shows up at his doorstep. The author throws light on the effects of postcolonialism, the political issues that arose during the Gorkhaland crisis of the 1980s and how it affected the lives of those living in the region.

PRICE INR 305/USD4
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EVERYBODY LOVES A GOOD DROUGHT: STORIES FROM INDIA’S POOREST DISTRICTS
P. Sainath

Although the book is almost two decades old, the issues brought up by the Magsaysay-awardee are still relevant. It is a collection of rural field reports that elaborates on the daily struggles of the poor in India, and the efforts made by authorities to uplift them. It has been prescribed in over 100 universities and colleges around the world.

PRICE INR 459/USD6
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WHITE MUGHALS
William Dalrymple

Dalrymple narrates the real-life love story of James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair un-Nissa that takes place in early 19th-century Hyderabad. It gives a detailed picture of the sociopolitical-cultural life in India at the time, documents the interethnic liaisons between British officers and Indian women, and gives insight into the history of the Anglo-Indian community.

PRICE INR 438/USD6
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TEXTILES OF RAJASTHAN: AT THE JAIPUR COURT
Vandana Bhandari

With its beautiful illustrations and in-depth research, this book gives a glimpse of the range and quality of textiles that were once used in the Jaipur court. Showcasing different techniques like gota, zardozi, cotton embroidery, and woodblock printing, Bhandari hopes to raise awareness and preserve the legacy of the textile industry of Rajasthan.

PRICE INR 1,140/USD16
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MANDU: THE ROMANCE OF ROOPMATI AND BAZ BAHADUR
Malathi Ramachandran

This novel is inspired by the true story of Sultan Baz Bahadur and peasant girl Roopmati who bond over their shared love for classical music. Set in the 16th century, the story follows the duo as they spend their days singing in the lanes of Mandu. But as Mughal Emperor Akbar plans to capture the city, Bahadur is forced to draw plans to save his capital and the woman he loves.

PRICE INR 395/USD5
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