15 Books to kindle the Indian in you – Read them Now!

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Pic Source: A page from the book India, An Alphabet Ride by Shallu Jindal

India is a rich nation because of its diversity, history, culture, cuisine, people, religion, architecture, languages and so much more. Her history ranges from the famous Indus Valley Civilization; to the ruling of the British Regime and finally to her fighting a long battle and winning her freedom. Here are some hand-picked books to kindle the Indian in you!

1. We, the children of India – A preamble to our constitution

We, the children of India: a preamble to our constitution.

Former Chief Justice Leila Seth makes the words of the Preamble to the Constitution understandable to even the youngest reader.  What is a democratic republic, why are we secular, what is sovereignty? The author tackles these concepts and explains them in a manner everyone can grasp and enjoy. This book has numerous photographs, captivating and inspiring illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Bindia Thapar. It also has delightful bits of trivia! We, the Children of India is essential reading for every young citizen.

READ: Books about the Indian Constitution

2. Puffin Lives

Puffin Lives

These books talk about great people of India. They are well-researched books and written in a lucid style, ideal for children 9-15 years of age. The stories talk about childhood and circumstances that shaped their lives, the things that they did that made them great, and the way they have influenced India.

3. Saffron White and Green: The Amazing Story of India’s Independence

Let's Go Time Travelling: Life in India Through the Ages

It is one of the most exciting stories in history – the glorious tale of how the powerless, unarmed people of India came together to defy the mightiest empire in the world. This is the story of Ahimsa, Satyagraha and Swaraj, of non – violence and the struggle for truth – all for the one thing that is most valuable to a people and to a nation : Freedom. Read our review of this book here.

4. Let’s Go Time Travelling: Life in India Through the Ages

Let's Go Time Travelling: Life in India Through the Ages

A unique reference book for students, teachers and just about anyone interested in history. A fun history book that makes for an interesting read. Includes funny, freaky information about our ancient civilizations and culture, and loads of additional information and fascinating trivia. Featuring wacky and stunning illustrations by noted artist Tapas Guha. From food fads to fashion, art and craft to entertainment, this book gives funny, freaky information that no textbook ever will. Peppered with Tapas Guha’s crazy cartoons, Life in India makes history fun like never before.

5. A Children’s History of India

A Children's History of India

Delve into India’s past to discover the comprehensive history of our nation. Journey through time to visit the baths and palaces of the first cities of Harappa, the stupas of Ashoka and the flamboyant courts of the great Mughals, rich in art, culture and architecture. Learn how the revolution of 1857 really started and march alongside Gandhi on his quest for an India free from British rule. Plus, discover more about each period through fun and easy ‘To do’ activities. Told in simple, lucid prose and interspersed with beautiful illustrations, A Children’s History of India makes learning history a fun and engaging experience for readers of all ages.

6. A Flag A Song and A Pinch of Salt: Freedom Fighters of India

A Flag A Song and A Pinch of Salt: Freedom Fighters of India

Police batons, prison sentences or the hangman’s noose-nothing could stop them. They stood up against the biggest colonial empire in the world and all they had was their courage and passion for freedom. Relive the exciting story of our struggle for freedom through the lives of our greatest freedom fighters as they carried the defiantly fluttering tricolor towards a dream called India.

7. Exploring India Series

"<yoastmarkThe Exploring India series of books are delicious, bite-sized portions of history that will interest every reader who wants to know more about various facets of India.  Concise yet filled with relevant details and accompanied by attractive colour illustrations, the Exploring India series will make history fascinating and unforgettable for every reader.

Titles available in this series:

  • Kings and Queens.
  • Battles and Warriors.
  • Unknown Indians

8. Amazing India: A State-by-State Guide

Amazing India: A State-by-State Guide

Did you know that India has twenty-eight states, seven union territories, a coastline of 7,600 kilometers, six religions and over a billion people? And that all these states have their own different languages, magnificently unique cultures and arts and crafts? Fabulously illustrated, this book takes you through all the different states and union territories in all their different regions, treating you to the rich kaleidoscope that is India.

9. This is How it Happened: Tales from Indian History

This is How it Happened: Tales from Indian History

The identity of the soldier who cut down Rani Lakshmibai remains unknown to this day. But if he were to write an account of the battle, what would he say? And did the poor man who had slaved away on the railway line between Thane and Boribunder, dreaming of the day when he would be allowed to ride the magnificent carriages, get his opportunity? This book presents stories narrated by people who were rarely in the picture, who stayed on the margins of history but who saw and remembered.

10. The Incredible History of India’s Geography

The Incredible History of India's Geography

This is an adaptation of Sanjeev Sanyal’s Land of the Seven Rivers for a younger audience. Maps and mountains, lions and tigers, rivers and oceans-all sorts of things you didn’t know about India’s geography. This book will help you discover all sorts of things you never expected. You will know the fact that we still greet each other like the Harappans used to. Or that people used to think India full of one-eyed giants! Full of quirky pictures and crazy trivia, this book takes you on a fantastic journey through the history of geography.

11. India at 70 – Snapshots since Independence

Books to kindle the Indian in You - India at 70

This book traces the country’s whirlwind journey, giving us a look at the last seventy years. Against a political backdrop, it provides glimpses of India’s vast and rich culture, its many languages and remarkable diversity, its eminent personalities and notable achievements in all spheres. Featuring bite-sized information, fun facts, charming illustrations, and detailed maps, this special book sums up the logs of India’s independence in a fitting way.

12. Goodnight India

Good Night India

Gorgeously detailed and colorful illustrations introduce children to the sights of India in this beautiful board book.

13. History of India for Children

Books to Kindle the Indian in You - History of India for children Vol 1

Jump into an action-packed history of India told like never before. Discover our incredible heritage and uncover delightful nuggets about our grand old country. Travel through time and see how people lived, why things happened and how we came to be what we are. Written by BBC Mastermind ‘Champion of Champions’ Archana Garodia Gupta and history-geek Shruti Garodia, this volume spans the ages from the dawn of humans until the Delhi and Deccan sultanates, and tells the story of India’s rulers and invaders, traders and architects, sculptors and poets, scientists and innovators, farmers and businessmen, and millions and millions of just ordinary, everyday men and women. With a chatty style, simple explanations and well-rounded coverage, this is the definitive Indian history in two volumes for young readers. Filled with photographs, illustrations, activities and quotable facts, this is one retelling of history you don’t want to miss.

14. The Puffin History of India

Books to Kindle the Indian in You - History of India for children Vol 1

Pick up this book for a rollercoaster ride through centuries of world history How did the world become what it is today? How and when were the countries formed? Where did people come from? How did art, technology, science, language and literature begin? In The Puffin History of the World- Volume 1, Roshen Dalal traces the origin of human beings and the different aspects of their development and growth, right from the big bang and the origin of the universe, up to CE 1500. Well-researched and comprehensive, this book speaks of great civilizations and empires, epics, myths and legends, religions old and new, wars and conquests, clothes, food and lifestyle, trade, travel and adventure and much more. It packs in exciting trivia, numerous maps and illustrations that provide a breathtaking overview of global history. Ideal for students and young readers, this amazing reference guide helps to bring the past to life like never before. The second book begins at the turning point at which India attains independence from the British. It is well researched and engaging, and is a contemporary history of India.

15. Inside India – Amazing Historical Places

Books to Kindle the Indian in You - Inside India

This is an activity book that will help you navigate India’s rich and mind-boggling map of historical wonders through engaging activities. Discover unknown details about the famous monuments and sites you’ve already heard of and get acquainted with the little-known gems that make our country truly incredible. India is incredible, unmatched, unlimited … it is also fun as the Inside India series will show you.

Let’s all be good citizens and do the right things. Make India a better place to live in!! Jai Hind!!

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