In this series:
In the part 1 of the series, one of the most debated states were Delhi and Maharastra. While someone pointed out that White Tiger is a trash (that I dont agree with), others said that it should listed under Bihar (that I somehow agree). Another disagreement was the state of Maharastra were I picked Bombay based Shantaram while the most favorite was Narcopolis. Other suggestions were The Em and Big Hoom and The Midnight’s Children ( I had picked it for Kashmir instead ). Thanks lot for the feedback.
This part of the series is compiled with the help of suggestions I have got through twitter, blog comments and emails. Here it goes:
11. Tamil Nadu: The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel
(Suggested by Pallavi Kamat )
There is no denying that this selection will spark some debate because Tamil Nadu is again a state with lot of literature. I still pick this one because its written beautifully about the most gifted mathematician’s journey from the villages to world stage.
[Bonus Read: Ramanujan and the Mysteries]
12. Pondicherry: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
In the movie based on this book, Pondicherry is shown with lot of sitar playing in the background and girls practicing Bharatnatyam (classical Indian dance). It may propagandizes the more western view of India but its easily the best book from the former French colony of India.
13. Gujarat: Stories of My Experiments with Truth by M.K Gandhi
This autobiography by Mahatma Gandhi is included in the list of 100 most Spiritual books of the 20th Century.
14. Goa: Reflected in Water, writing on Goa edited by Jerry Pinto
This book is collection of the essays and poems on Goa. More emphasis is more the natural beauty and ever-changing culture of the former Portuguese colony of India.
[Bonus Read: Book Review- Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto ]
15. Madhya Pradesh: India’s Bandit Queen by Mala Sen
Do not confuse with the book ” Bandit Queen of India” which is an autobiography by Phullan Devi. This book by Mala Sen was responsible for bringing Phullan Devi in the mainstream even before Shekhar Kapur’s feature film “Bandit Queen” did so.
16. Uttar Pradesh: Mahabharata by Ved Vyas
Maybe it is the most important book ever written in India. While entire North India can stake claim to this book, I give to Uttar Pradesh because Kingdom of Hastinapur is located there.
17. Himachal Pradesh: Ghost Stories from Shimla Hills by Minakshi Choudhary
(Suggested by Ishita Sood )
This book is your perfect companion for the trip to Shimla (no, it is not !) but if you have survived Stephen Kings, then you will not surely mind an Angreez Churail in the Mall road.
18. Assam : Tea, Love and War by David Mitchell
David Mitchell is searching for English roots in Assam through its violent but romantic past. Non-history enthusiast may label the book as “boring”.
19. Jharkhand: Gangs of Wassaypur, the making of the modern classic
This book is the making of the modern classic of the Indian Cinema, Gangs of Wasseypur with the complete screenplay with details on casting, location and character. A must have for the film lovers in India.
20. Orissa: An Incredible Banker by Ravi Subramanian
(Suggested by : V T Rakesh )
In the hush voices, Ravi Subramanian is called the John Grashim of banking in India. Do read this book to find out the authenticity of the claim.
This brings the end of the part 2. In part 3 I will cover interesting states like Bihar, Chattisgarh, North-Eastern States and Union Territories. I have not read much from these states, so I will rely on your suggestions for the best books from those states. Also, do let me know about my selection of books so far and your combined score of Part 1 and Part 2.