Books are a way to travel with your feet grounded. Yes, there are many novel and books on places which give you an insight into their history and culture through the stories portrayed in them. Let's take a look at some of the best books about India.
1. 'City of Djinns' by William Dalrymple
This book is a travelogue by the author about the fascinating capital city of India, Delhi. It is carved on his experiences during a year spent in the city.
2. 'Planet India' by Mira Kamdar
This book talks about modern India and how it has influenced America and the rest of the world with its expertise in various fields of development.
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3. 'Train to Pakistan' by Khushwant Singh
The story is set on a village on the border of India and Pakistan. It tells us about the period of Indian Independence and of the formation of India and Pakistan. There is love, violence, patriotism, religion and a simple language that makes the book enjoyable by all.
4. 'Beneath a Marble Sky' by John Shors
Beneath a Marble Sky is the story of Jahanara, the daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz. The book delves deep into the story of Taj Mahal and 17th century Mughal India. If you're a lover of history and are curious to know about the secrets of Taj Mahal, this is one book you shouldn't miss.
5. 'Nine Lives' by William Dalrymple
As the title suggests, the book is about nine destinations in India in search of bliss in modern India. Here's the places that the book talks about.
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6. 'God of Small Things' by Arundhati Roy
The Booker Prize winner is a story set in Kerala in 1960s and gives the reader a peep into the communism, caste system and the lives of Keralite Syrian Christians.
7. 'A Princess Remembers: The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur' by Gayatri Devi
This is the story of a royal woman and her life during the period of India before Independence. It talks about her lavish lifestyle and the achievements in her life.
8. 'The Toss of a Lemon' by Padma Viswanathan
This début novel takes us into a Brahmin family and their culture. The story happens during late 19th century and early 20th century, where the central character is married off at 10, is a mother at 14 and is soon a widow too!