These reads are sure to motivate you to travel deeper and explore the many hidden facets that make India the cultural potpourri of the world. By Amitha Ameen
1. THE FOREST OF ENCHANTMENTS
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The book takes you deep into an enchanted world that follows the life and trials of Sita, the consort of Lord Rama. The story presents a new perspective on the Ramayana from the point of view of Sita and brings to the forefront other female characters from the epic. Flawlessly written, the book speaks about different forms of love and the parts they play in shaping our lives. Buy it here for INR 346.
2. THE LOST RIVER: ON THE TRAIL OF THE SARASVATI
An archaeological thriller of sorts, The Lost River: On The Trail of the Sarasvati follows the history of the ever evading and mystical River Saraswati and traces its role in connecting the Vedic era and the Indus Valley civilisation. A well-researched book that not only grips the reader, but educates them in the process too. Buy it here for INR 432.
3. THE GREAT INDIAN NOVEL
A man of many words, Shashi Tharoor’s debut novel, The Great Indian Novel draws parallels between characters from the Indian epic—Mahabharata to modern day India. A number of short stories that are hilarious, witty, and full of puns—this is a book that will be hard to put down. The story very intelligently puts out real issues that modern Indian politics faces. Buy it here for INR 314.
4. INDIA CONQUERED: BRITAIN’S RAJ AND THE CHAOS OF EMPIRE
The age-old story receives a fresh new re-telling through this well-written book. The book delves deep into every aspect of an Indian’s life. It also looks into the roles played by different ruling dynasties in the country. An inspirational narrative with detailed facts of the British rule in India, the book makes for an interesting read. Buy it here for INR 315.
5. THE TRAVELLING BELLY: EATING THROUGH INDIA’S BY-LANES
Food blogger Kalyan Karmakar has spent his whole life obsessing over all things food. In his quest for a good meal, the man undertakes a flavoursome journey through the many lanes of India’s street food. A comprehensive guide for the reader on where to go, how to navigate through the multifarious cuisines of India. Buy it here for INR 319.