What are the best books set in India?

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    #1Life of Pi

    Life of Pi
    Life of Pi is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel. It tells the story of Pi Patel, who gets shipwrecked and ends up in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Adrift in the ocean, they struggled to survive for 227 days.

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    Liu Cao
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "A pretty though provoking book that will stay in your mind days after you read it. In fact, you will most likely find yourself coming back to the book and give it many more reads in the future. It's a little bit of a downer but if you are into that sort of thing you will like this movie."
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    #2The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.


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    Ethan Fernandez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I had no clue about the culture of India until I read The God of Small Things. It is a great book but can be taboo because of a controversial love story."
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    #3Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 

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    Jennifer Anderson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I really enjoy reading book about other cultures and this book was recommended to me by a friend. After reading Midnight's Children I believe that this is one of the best books I've read that is set in India. This book is full of fantasy, magic and craziness! It's enthralling and a page turner!"
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    #4Interpreter of Maladies

    Interpreter of Maladies

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri is a collection of nine stories that talk about Indian Americans and how they are caught between cultural and generational barriers.


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    Terry Montgomery
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "- There is such a wealth of information available for travellers heading to India, it is often hard to know where to start. While travel guides offer useful travellers' tips, nothing can get under the skin of the country quite like these books. From classic novels that have been reprinted several times to Man Booker ."
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    #5Q & A

    Q & A

    First published in 2005, Q & A is a novel by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. It is the basis of the award-winning 2008 film, Slumdog Millionaire. It tells the story of Ram Mohammad Thomas, a waiter who won a quiz show.


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    Saúl Quiroz
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is the book that Slumdog Millionaire is based on, but we all know how much better books always are compared to the movies. This book really makes you feel like you are in the gritty, impoverished streets of India. You watch as the main character struggles though his life till he gets this one chance at a better life. A great read that is beautifully written."
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    #6The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden is a novel about Mary Lennox, a spoiled and alone child who is sent to his grieving uncle after her parent's death. She found out about that there is a forgotten garden there and she visited it to know its mysteries.


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    Aaron Patterson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "After reading this, I consider this a modern classic. It is a wonderfully told story, and the backdrop is incredible. The setting of the book however, would be more appropriately described as Yorkshire, England as only a brief part of the story in the beginning is set in India."
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    #7A Passage to India

    A Passage to India

    A Passage to India is a book by E.M. Forster. Set in British India during the 1920s, it revolves around the racial tension between the colonizers and the colonized when a British woman was allegedly assaulted by Dr. Aziz, an Indian physician.


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    Marilyn Cook
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "this is a nice book to read with an easily understandable english vocabulary,i purchased this book while in a journey and i loved it a lot and iam ableto read it in a single shot,i recommend this to any reader"
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    #8The Inheritance of Loss

    The Inheritance of Loss
    The Inheritance of Loss is a historical fiction novel by Indian author Kiran Desai. Set against the backdrop of the Nepalese revolution for independence from India, it tells the story of Jemubhai Patel, his granddaughter, and his cook.

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    Samuel Mason
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Inheritance of Loss is a historical fiction book set during the Nepalese independence movement, highlighting a bit of history, honestly, I didn't even know had happened. It's really interesting, well written and gripping"
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    Siddharta is a spiritual fiction novel written by Herman Hesse. It was published January 1, 1982 by Bantam publishing. It narrates the story of a young man's journey to spiritual enlightenment.


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    Dennis Rios
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I got this book, because my friend said it was a good one, right now I am in a spiritual journey, and this book helped me a lot with my journey."
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    #10A Suitable Boy

    A Suitable Boy

    A Suitable Boy is a historical fiction novel written by Vikram Seth which centers on the lives of four middle-class families in India set during the 1950s. This gives a view on the complex and multi-ethnic society of the country. 


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    Bruce Johnston
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A Suitable Boy is a book that is set in India that i recommend. It will make you see things from someone else's perspective."
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    Shantaram is an Adventure, Travel, Cultural Fiction Novel written by Gregory David Roberts. It was published in the year 2004 by Scribe. It follows the story of the Bombay underworld.


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    #12The Far Pavilions

    The Far Pavilions

    The Far Pavilions is a romance filled classic historical fiction novel written by M. M. Kaye. It was published January 15, 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin. It is a story about an English man brought up as a Hindu.


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    Brandon Hernandez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Quickly turning into a contemporary classic filled with thrilling love and deperate desire"
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    #13Annihilation of Caste

    Annihilation of Caste

    Annihilation of Caste is a non-fiction book written by B.R. Ambedkar which examines the persistence of caste in modern in India. This is first published in May 1936. 


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    Jordan Alvarez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Annihilation of Caste is such an important examination of the antiquated and oppressive caste system that dominated the Indian culture and hierarchy of power. Ambedkar provides and wealth of knowledge and research. This is an aged book with roots in history of the time. Very good book and great resource."


Best What are the best books set in India
1Life of PiBooks 26 Paid
2The God of Small ThingsBooks 24 Paid
3Midnight's ChildrenBooks 23 Paid
4Interpreter of MaladiesBooks 20 Paid
5Q & ABooks 19 Paid
6The Secret GardenBooks 17 Paid
7A Passage to IndiaBooks 17 Paid
8The Inheritance of LossBooks 16 Paid
9SiddharthaBooks 5 Paid
10A Suitable BoyBooks 4 Paid

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