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Old Apr 15, 12, 10:21 am   #1
 
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Book on India recommendation

Hi,
I was wondering if anybody on the forum had any recommendations on a good and easy to read book on India that focuses on history, cutlure, modern day affairs in a digestible format (meaning that i'm trying to avoid long drawn out treatises or boring guide books).

I read something like this when I went to Thailand (called Bangkok Confidential), and also some good novels set in modern day Bangkok that gave me a great feel for what to expect...

Any recommendations (ideally available on the Kindle) would be very welcome.

Thanks,

Mike
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try 'makers of modern india' by ramachandra guha....
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"Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found" by Suketu Mehta is very good. It's about Mumbai specifically, but a lot can be extrapolated to the rest of India.
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try 'makers of modern india' by ramachandra guha....
Seconded. His other book, India after Gandhi is also an excellent read, although less applicable to a non-Indian.

Also, it's important to remember that the book is not actually authored by him - he just edited/compiled other authors' work.
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Thanks guys, will try to find Makers of Modern India in one of the bookstores around here.

On a side note, am currently reading Shantaram and as much as it's a novel, am really getting a lot out of it.

Thanks for the suggestions,

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On a side note, am currently reading Shantaram and as much as it's a novel, am really getting a lot out of it.
one of my favourite books....
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