6 Amazing Books Which Tell Us So Much About India

6 Amazing Books Which Tell Us So Much About India

6 Amazing Books Which Tell Us So Much About India

by December 10, 2014

How about looking at the most distinguished factors of a country? Well, India has a lot to discuss over and the country apparently also has many untold mysterious stories. If you’ve been hearing a lot about Indian values and Indian culture, let me clarify, that’s not all what India is about. Here’s a list of books that give you an insight about our motherland.

1. The Bhagavad Gita


Well, the mention of Bhagvad Gita will seem too obvious for all you readers but the true spirituality and wisdom preached by Lord Krishna do have a positive approach towards life and perfectly define the essence of Indian values. Believe it or not, the lessons given in the scriptures have deep meaningful and hidden insights and solutions to most of your life problems. The origin of Indian culture, lords, values and principles are described through Bhagvad Gita.

2. The Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie


If you love to hear the story from a historical point of view you’ll definitely agree with me as on why I have chosen this book in the list. The book basically deals with India’s transition from British colonialism to total independence and eventually the partition of India. The book beautifully depicts a true story by unfolding each and every factor, scenario of post colonial literature and society realism. The story has been narrated by the protagonist of the novel, Saleem Sinai and depicts actual historical events with historical fiction. So, if you’re an avid reader of facts, Midnight’s Children will surely impress you.

3. A Suitable Boy By Vikram Seth


Profoundly describing the post-independence situation in India. A Suitable Boy is a story of Rupa Mehra who happens to be the main character, a mother who is searching for ‘A Suitable Boy’ for her daughter and how the daughter refuses to be influenced by her dominating mother. It begins in the fictional town called Brahmpur situated in between Banaras and Ganges. The 1349 page novel alternatively offers satirical and earnest insights on national political issues, Hindu-Muslim tiffs, caste discriminations, land reforms, zamindari systems, relationships etc. The novel has been divided into 19 parts and each section talks about the subplots.

4. Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found



It is a strongly narrated non fictional book by Suketu Mehta. The book talks about Mumbai city (Formerly known as Bombay) and describes all the darker shades of the city. It gives us some inside views of this amazing and stunning city, a city which never sleeps and has a never-say-die attitude. Well, if this has triggered your excitement, you should just go check out the book and begin reading!

5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers


Behind the Beautiful Forever: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity is a non-fictional book which has brilliantly depicted the present-day slum life on the streets of Mumbai city. Several interconnected and most touchy life incidents take place which shatter you. To know the entire story and to know what the book is about, go ahead and get your own copy today!

6. The Age of Kali


The cult and brilliant writing by William Dalrymple, Age Of Kali is a magnificent narration of a theme which is based on the anguish and trouble in Indian subcontinent and the Hindu belief in the age of Kaliyug! This book will give your thoughts a whole different perception.

Many unseen facts and situations are still under hood for most of them who want to know it all about the country. While we talk about books which describe India at the best, these series just can’t be missed out!