#DiscoveringIndiaReadathon : Details and Book Suggestions.

Well, our 70th Independence day is around and three beautiful ladies (Aritri @theliquidsunset, Padmaja @thebookishtales, and Ankita @theblue_balloon) from the bookstagram community have decided to host the #DiscoveringIndiaReadathon. The event is sponsored by The Last Leaf Box @thelastleafbox and the winner gets a book box curated by them. Check the rules for participation here.

They have my support and I will be actively participating in the 4 day Readathon.

We are so lost in the tales of another world that we have lost focus on our country and its rich cultural, social and political heritage. That’s why we all need to dedicate at least 4 days to our country.

The #DiscoveringIndiaReadathon will start from 12th August and continue for 4 days (until 15th of August). Each day has a theme and the participants are to choose a book based on that theme. The themes are:

  • A book set in Pre-Independence Era
  • A book written in any Indian language (translated or otherwise)
  • A book on any Indian City
  • A book focussed on Post-Independence Era

I have compiled a list of few books pertaining to the topics above.

Let’s get started:

A book set in Pre-independence Era:

The Pre-Independence Era is the time before 1947 and is a very wide time frame, thus giving us a no. of Topics on which our books can be based.

  1. Ashoka: The Search for India’s Lost Empire by Charles Allen
  2. An Era of Darkness by Shashi Tharoor
  3. White Mughals by William Dalrymple
  4. The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru
  5. Aurangzeb: The Man and The Myth by Audrey Truschke
  6. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  7. Keeping the Jewel in the Crown: The British betrayal of India by Walter Reid
  8. The Theft of India by Roy Moxham
  9. Shivaji: the grand rebel by Dennis Kincaid
  10. Rau by N. S. Inamdar

A book written in any Indian language (Translated or Otherwise)

  1. Madhushala by Harivansha Rai Bachchan
  2. Stories by Tagore: by Rabindranath Tagore
  3. Godan by Munshi Premchand
  4. Stars from Another Sky by Saadat Hasan Manto
  5. Hangwoman by K R Meera
  6. Umrao Jan Ada by Mirza Muhammad Hadi Rusva

A book on any Indian City

  1. Banaras: City of Light by Diana L. Eck
  2. The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury
  3. Madras, Chennai and the Self: Conversations with the City by Tulsi Badrinath
  4. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple


A book focussed on Post-Independence Era:

  1. The Accidental Prime-minister by Sanjaya Baru
  2. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
  3. Democrats and Dissenters by Ramachandra Guha
  4. Foot soldier of the constitution by Teesta Setalvad
  5. India’s broken Tryst by Tavleen Singh
  6. A Life in Diplomacy by Maharajakrishna Rasgotra


I would be reading the following books:

  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore
  • Madras, Chennai and the Self: Conversations with the City by Tulsi Badrinath (optional as I am unsure if I will be able to finish the others)
  • The Accidental Prime Minister by Sanjaya Baru

I hope you enjoyed reading the post as much as I liked compiling it.

So hurry and participate. And do not forget to use #DiscoveringIndiaReadathon.

Until next time


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