Looking for the best Indian books? Our Experts have chosen the best Indian books, from Indian history, travel, geography, economics and leading figures in India such as Gandhi to Indian literature and film.
India is one of the most diverse and interesting countries in the world and this is great place to start exploring Indian books.
If you are new to books on India a good place to start is with Lord Meghnad Desai’s recommendation for best books on India.
Slowly Down the Ganges
by Eric Newby
Empires of the Indus: The Story of A River
by Alice Albinia
The River's Tale: A Year in the Mekong
by Edward Gargan
Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River Between Russia and China
by Dominic Ziegler
Meltdown in Tibet: China's Reckless Destruction of Ecosystems from the Highlands of Tibet to the Deltas of Asia
by Michael Buckley
Human history has been founded on the banks of great rivers – but in the East they are increasingly the focus of bitter international and environmental dispute, says Victor Mallet, the journalist and author of River of Life, River of Death. Here he selects five brilliant books that profile Asia’s most celebrated waterways.
Kaushik Basu, Professor of Economics at Cornell and former Chief Economist of the World Bank (2012-2016), says there’s a Gandhian way of evaluating society that takes account of both growth and inequality, and tells us why his job is an anthropologist’s dream come true. He picks the best books to understand India’s economy.