At the stroke of the midnight hour, as the first Prime Minister of our Nation, Jawaharlal Nehru, said on 14th August 1947,midnight, India will awake to life and freedom. We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again. As we commemorate this landmark oration addressed to the world in 1947, let us take a look at the Five Best Novels describing India, its struggle and the milestones achieved, and the ancient history!
1) Thalassa Ali, A Singular Hostage:
This book is about an Englishwoman who risks everything to rescue an Indian baby and becomes involved with his family of Muslim mystics; #1 in the Paradise trilogy.
2) Gary Worthington, India Treasures: A Novel of Rajasthan and Northern India Through the Ages:
Also, titled as The Mangarh Chronicle in India, a series of novellas set in various periods of Indian history from the time of the Buddha on, linked by a story set in the 1970s involving a search for treasure in a fortress; self-published.
3) The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple:
William is an award winning historian and travel writer. The Last Mughal talks about a culturally diverse and rich soceity during the rule of Bahadur shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor. In 1857, the first war against the British (known popularly as the Sepoy Mutinee) marked the end of the Mughal rule. William lists the manner in which these events unfolded and the impact it had on the country – both politically and culturally. His writing style and flair for capturing insights makes this book a must-read.
4) India: A history by John Keay:
John Keay is an English journalist and author specialising in writing popular histories about India, often with a particular focus on their colonisation and exploration by Europeans. In “India: A history”, John provides a panaromic view starting from the cities of Harappa and Mohenjodaro of the Indus Valley civilizations all the way to the current modern India. This book is considered by many as a perfect textbook for any student of India.
5) The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor:
The Great Indian Novel is a satirical novel by Shashi Tharoor. It is a fictional work that takes the story of the Mahabharata, the epic of Hindu mythology, and recasts and resets it in the context of the Indian Independence Movement and the first three decades post-independence. Figures from Indian history are transformed into characters from mythology, and the mythical story of India is retold as a history of Indian independence and subsequent history, up through the 1980s.
P.S. Hope you enjoy reading these books! Happy Independence Day India
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