Books On India

Here is a list of 15 Books On India  written by both Indians and foreigners that one should read to understand India better. It is not an exhaustive list, but a representation of diverse opinions in the form of books from various personalities on India. This list is drawn from my own experience and also from various sources on internet after going through their reviews. Below each book, I will give a link to its review (mostly from ‘nytimes.com‘ ‘goodreads.com‘, ‘Guardian.co.uk‘ etc) and link to Flipkart if you are interested to buy them (you know why Flipkart!)

1) DISCOVERY OF INDIA – By Jawaharlal Nehru Book Review

2) IN SPITE OF GODS :THE STRANGE RISE OF MODERN INDIA  By Edward Luce Book Review

3) A PASSAGE TO INDIA – By E.M.Forster Book Review

4) INDIA AFTER GANDHI – Ramachandra Guha Book Review http://www.flipkart.com/india-after-gandhi-0330505548/p/itmczymz5hjjjwyh?pid=9780330505543&affid=vinaykumar1“>

5) INDIA – A WOUNDED CIVILIZATION - By V.S. Naipaul Book Review http://www.flipkart.com/india-1400030757/p/itmczyqznbkk599p?pid=9781400030750&affid=vinaykumar1“>

6) INDIA – A PORTRAIT  – By Patrick French Book Review http://www.flipkart.com/india-0670085510/p/itmczyzkpfausadh?pid=9780670085514&affid=vinaykumar1“>

7) THE WONDER THAT WAS INDIA – By A.L. Basham Book Review

8) AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN UNKNOWN INDIAN – By Nirad C. Chaudhuri Book Review

9) INDIA’S UNENDING JOURNEY – By Mark Tully Book Review

10) THE WORLD IS FLAT – By Thomas Friedman Book Review

11) INDIA UNBOUND – THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC REVOLUTION FROM INDEPENDENCE TO THE GLOBAL INFORMATION AGE – By Gurcharan Das Book Review

12) EVERYBODY LOVES A GOOD DROUGHT: STORIES FROM INDIA’S POOREST   DISTRICTS – By P. Sainath Book Review

13) THE ARGUMENTATIVE INDIAN - By Amartya Sen Book Review

14) THE LAST MUGHAL – THE FALL OF A DYNASTY - By William Dalrymple Book Review

15) INDIA – A MILLION MUTINIES NOW - By V.S. Naipaul Book Review BOOKS ON INDIA

 

  • http://soumyav.wordpress.com soumyav

    Thanks for being on my blog ! BUt still I diddn’t get any idea ..why the links of flipkart?

  • http://insightsonindia.com V.K.G.B.

    @Soumya,

    You are welcome. Those links to Flipkart are commercial. I put them to try to test if it is possible to monetize in wordpress. If someone buys books on flipkart after visiting their site through links here, i get some commission :-)

  • http://soumyav.wordpress.com soumyav

    oh! thts nice! :-)

  • Mallikarjun

    Hi Vinay, thanks for the list. Will be more beneficial if you could rate these books (Im sure u hv read most of them). This will enable readers of this blog to make informed decision…

    Thanks for sharing.

    • http://insightsonindia.com V.K.G.B.

      You are welcome Mallikarjun :-) Ya sure, after I read all of them, I will rate them Thanks for the good suggestion.

  • Soumya Mondal

    “EVERYBODY LOVES A GOOD DROUGHT: STORIES FROM INDIA’S POOREST DISTRICTS” Excellent book…

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  • http://wordrustling.wordpress.com Hannah Gosselin

    Excellent!! Thank you, for taking the time to compile such a wonderful list of books!!

    I appreciate your interest in my blog, “Insights!”

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Hannah,

      Thanks a lot for visiting my site and leaving a wonderful comment. :-)

      • http://wordrustling.wordpress.com Hannah Gosselin

        Absolutely, my pleasure! I hope you have a wonderful day. :)

        • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

          :-) You too!

          • http://wordrustling.wordpress.com Hannah Gosselin

            :) Thank you!

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