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Top 5 books to read for an Indian

Updated on February 25, 2013

For all those who are addicted to reading, sometimes it becomes very difficult to decide on which book/novel to read. To make it a bit easier for all you out there, I am listing 5 books that you may love to read. Almost all these books are of a completely different genre. So, you may take up the book according to your liking.

1. What Young India Wants - Chetan Bhagat

The first book in this list is What Young India Wants.

This collection of selected essays and newspaper columns of Chetan Bhagat makes us think about what exactly are the problems that India is facing.It makes us think what are things that need to be changed in this beautiful nation of ours. It is rightly written at the end of the book - IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND CONTEMPORARY INDIA, THE PROBLEMS THAT FACE IT, AND WANT TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION, WHAT YOUNG INDIA WANTS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU.

2. Train to Pakistan - Khushwant Singh

The second one is Train to Pakistan by the legendary writer Khushwant Singh. Published in 1956, this novel gives an account of Partition of India. Though the story told in the book is fictitious, but it is very close to the reality. For all those who want to get a glimpse of what the nation went through in 1947, this is the best book and I am sure it will touch every reader's heart...

3. Two States - Chetan Bhagat

One of the Chetan Bhagat's best writings, 2 States is the story of a couple belonging to 2 different states of India. This book will bring smile and laughter from time to time. Humor is the best part of this book. Description of Punjabi & Tamil cultures is very funny. Don't think much about it. Just go and buy one. You'll love it for sure.

4. Freedom at Midnight - Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins

This book focuses on India’s Independence movement during 1946 and 1948. Again for all those who want to know about the period of Indian Independence, I'd recommend this book. U'll get to know a lot about Lord Mountbatten's time. It also includes interviews with Lord Mountbatten. The description of the very British-style summertime capital Shimla in the Himalayas & how supplies were carried up steep mountains by porters is interesting.

5. Understanding the Muslim mind - Rajmohan Gandhi

Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, has very elegantly presented and inked a comprehensive picture of Muslim community in the Subcontinent. He has tried to bring everyone closer to the community with the help of biographies of 8 prominent Muslims - Sayyid Ahmed Khan (1817-1898), Fazlul Haq (1873-1962), Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948), Muhammad Iqbal (1876-1938), Muhammad Ali (1878-1931), Abul Kalam Azad (1888-1958), Liaqat Ali Khan (1895-1951) and Zakir Hussain (1897-1969)

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