Books on India – MS & HS


  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  • Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur
  • Gora by Rabindranath Tabore
  • Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
  • Ice-candy-man by Bapsi Sidhwa
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  • Raj by Gita Mehta
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
  • Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  • The gift of a cow by Premchand
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor
  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
  • Water by Bapsi Sidhwa


  • An Area of Darkness by V.S. Naipaul
  • City of Djinns by William Dalrymple
  • Desert Places by Robyn Davidson
  • Karma Cola by Gita Mehta
  • Slowly Down the Ganges by Eric Newby
  • The Age of Kali by William Dalrymple

History and Politics

  • Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre
  • Oxford History of India by Vincent Smith
  • Plain Tales of the Raj by Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre
  • The Great Indian Middle class by Pavan K. Varma
  • The Nehrus and the Gandhis by Tariq Ali
  • The Wonder that was India by A.L. Basham


  • May You be the Mother of One Hundred Sons by Elisabeth Bumiller
  • Unveiling India by Anees Jung


  • Am I a Hindu by Viswanathan (ed.)
  • Hindy Mythology by Wendy O’Flaherty (ed.)
  • Hinduism: An Introduction by Shakunthala Jagannathan
  • The Riddle of Ganesha by Rankorath Karunakaran


  • Lonely Planet Guide to India ( There are also regional guide books)
  • World Food India (will take you  on a tour through Indian cusine)