What are the best Indian books?

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    #1The 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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    Walter Mason
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "It is a good book to read. The characters make the story interesting and it shows how simple a mistake can be catastrophic to a situation."
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    #2The Palace of Illusions

    The Palace of Illusions
    The Palace of Illusions is a novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It is a retelling of the classic Indian epic, Mahabharata, and tells the story of Princess Panchaali, who wedded the five Pandava brothers and helped them regain their kingdom.
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    Lidia Nieto
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This was a really good book. It is a retelling of an old story and I found it entertaining. I'm not sure it's one of the best Indian books I've read but it was pretty good."
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    #3Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India.

    Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India.

    In this book, Nicholas B. Dirks traces the whole history of India's castes system, a way of organizing this country society that was maximized during the British domination of India. Starting from the original caste idea, which dates from many years ago, we can get to know why today's India society is what it is.

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    Christian Thomas
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "One of the best books about India to come out in recent years. It presents the way Indian society was years ago and how it is now."
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    #4The Bhagavad Gita

    The Bhagavad Gita
    The Bhagavad Gita is the ancient Indian book dated around 500 B.C. With 18 chapters in Sanskrit, it is about love, light, life, and the spiritual journey of the soul. This version is translated by Aksha Patel.
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    Jeremy Mason
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I enjoyed this classic book about enlightenment, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to dive into Indian culture and beliefs. I'm not familiar with other translations of this book (I know it wasn't originally in English) but everything I read resonated with me, so whoever translated it did a great job."
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    #5The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace is a historical fiction novel by Amitav Ghosh published in 2000. The story spans a century of time, from the Konbaung dynasty in the 19th century to modern times. 

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    Peter Ellis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "While this book has settings of India, it is not just an Indian book. It is hard to label this as a book about Indian when it's a fictional historical book."
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    #6The 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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    Guillermo Vargas
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The book has a good premise and is a solid read. However would not be my top choice."
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    #7Gitanjali

    Gitanjali

    Gitanjali: Song Offerings is a poetry classic fictional philosophical book written by Rabindranath Tagore with Introduction by W.B. Yeats. With over 80 pages, this book is published in 2005 by Digireads.com

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    Bruce Price
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Can't really say I was ever to into this. It killed some time here and there but it never really turned into anything more."
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    #8The Story of My Experiments With Truth

    The Story of My Experiments With Truth

    The Story of My Experiments With Truth is an autobiography written by Mohandas K. Gandhi. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 1993 by Beacon Press.

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    Jose Mendez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I thought I would love this book since I'm a fan of Indian culture and of Ghandi but I felt really let down. The book comes with double columns on each page and it makes it difficult to read, it was very unnecessary for them to do that. Beyond that i think there is a great story to be told about Ghandi and his life, unfortunately that great story picks up right as this book ends."
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    #9A 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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    Jose Larson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book should probably be nominated as a must read as it really delves into the complex society and culture of India. The story itself revolves around an Indian boy in the 1950s though it addresses many complex issues that most people on the Western hemisphere aren't all that familiar with. I thought it was a very interesting book to read and it definitely kept my attention. I'm normally not used to reading autobiographical books though this one is unique in that it paints a different perspective and culture. "
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    #10Interpreter 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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    Louis Ruiz
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "if topic does not include novels then this is okay"
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    #11The Namesake

    The Namesake
    The Namesake is a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Interpreter of Maladies. It was first published in 2003, and it tells the story of Ganguli family as they migrated to America from India.
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    #12Midnight'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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    Nicole Boyd
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book is a master piece of literary fiction and magical realism. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is that the narrator is a unreliable one. The book is wonderful, insightful of the partition of India and Pakistan, informative, entertaining, well written and even fun at some points. This is a must read for fans of literary fiction. "
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    #13Pandavapuram

    Pandavapuram

    Pandavapuram is a book by Sethu that tells the story of the realm of life. It represents how women are treated as sexual objects. There will be a search for escape and solace as the protagonist tries to find her worth.

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    Alicia Gallardo
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "IT WAS VERY INTERESTING AND USEFUL WE LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR HISTORY "
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    #14A 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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    Stephen Banks
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "A Passage to India is a good book relating to India. It has a good story and interesting characters. It has great insight into colonialism and the human experience. Well written and enjoyable to read."
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    #15OM Chanting and Meditation

    OM Chanting and Meditation

    OM Chanting and Meditation is a great book that provides you with a useful collection of meditation techniques. It is the perfect choice for anyone who is looking for the meaning of OM chanting meditation.

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    Alice Willis
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "OM Chanting and Meditation has to be one of the best Indian books that I have read that I have had the pleasure to read. I did not think I would like this book because it's foreign but it really shocked me how much I liked it."
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    #16The Enchantress of Florence

    The Enchantress of Florence
    Enchantress of Florence is a 2008 historical fiction novel by acclaimed Indian author Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of a European man claiming to be the son of an exiled Indian princess.
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    Mercedes Sandoval
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This was a decent little book. It was worth the read but not something i'd read again or collect. Other things by the same author might be worth cheking out."
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    #17River of Smoke (Ibis Trilogy)

    River of Smoke (Ibis Trilogy)
    River of Smoke is a historical fiction novel by Indian writer Amitav Ghosh. It is the second book in the Ibis trilogy, and it continues the story of a group of people in Canton, after the ship they were sailing on was forced to dock.
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    Katherine Gomez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book is interesting, but has a weird style to it. It's clear that he did a lot of research with all of the details he uses...but the story gets lost in all of this detailed information. The use of different languages also makes this book hard to read and/or understand. It's a lot of work! If you can get through it, it's great...but it's a hard journey. "
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    #18The Beast With Nine Billion Feet

    The Beast With Nine Billion Feet

    The Beast With Nine Billion Feet is a science fiction and a cultural book about India written by Anil Menon. It was published on November 26, 2009 by Young Zubaan. 

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    Donna Turner
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Beast With Nine Billion Feet is a great Indian books"
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    #19The Devourers

    The Devourers
    The Devourers is an LGBT-themed fantasy book that is set in the culture of India catered to adults written by Indra Das, published on July 12, 2016 by Del Rey Books. 
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    Jordan Hernandez
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Interesting plot and story this book presents and offers its readers. Its good overall keeping your attention and making you want more. I would add this one to your reading list, its worth it in the end. "
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    #20My Life and Times

    My Life and Times

    My Life and Times: A Family Man’s Journey, From Rawalpindi To New York, And Many Places In Between is a memoir written by Gurbachan Singh Bhasin. It was released in 2016 and details his adventures in life, from India to Belgium and to the U.S.

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    Vivaan Dutta
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This story of an Indian man's rise to prominence despite having to overcome great obstacles is one of the most inspiring books I have ever had the pleasure to read. I was unable to put in down and wound up reading it in one sitting on a rainy Sunday afternoon and night. A true story that anyone can identify with."
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    #21Bhitti

    Bhitti
    Bhitti is the autobiography of S.L. Bhyrappa written in the Kannada Language. The story follows the life of Bhyrappa, his bitter-sweet life, his pitfalls, and eventually his triumph of finishing his education.
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    William Bishop
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The solution for this is not at all well as this link provides material however has no reviews from other consumers to be able to help make an informed decision as to purchase or not."
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    #22Yaana

    Yaana
    Yaana is a Science fiction book authored by S.L. Bhyrappa written in Kannada language that takes us to the journey of two astronauts as they travel to Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Earth.
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    Tina Zhang
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Yaana is a very good solution!"
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    #23Annihilation 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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    Harini Jaiteley
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Annihilation of Caste by B.R. Ambedkar is one of the most important nonfiction books I've read about the history of India and its caste system which is outlawed but still omnipresent in India today. I feel this book is a must read for anyone interested in the plight of millions of Indians, especially, given the current social and political scene in India. "
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    #24Parva

    Parva

    Parva: A Tale of War, Peace, Death, God and Man is fantasy, and cultural book written in Kannada language authored by S.L. Bhyrappa. This is considered to be the interpretation of Mahabharata. *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

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    #25Desirable Daughters

    Desirable Daughters

    Desirable Daughters is a historical novel by the award-winning author, Bharati Mukherjee. First published in 2003, it tells the story of three Indian sisters. It is succeeded by the book The Tree Bride.

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    Zachary Sullivan
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Great book, especially if you enjoy Indian culture as I do. If you'd just like a perspective much different than your own, you may also enjoy this book. A girl torn between being American and Indian. This book has great descriptions and compelling stories. I love it."
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    #26Shanku Samagra

    Shanku Samagra

    Shanku Samagra (Bengali Edition) is a science-fiction book written and illustrated by Satyajit Ray. This book is a collection of Shanku stories. It was originally published in 2002.

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    Judith Ross
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "My coworker always shares with me and talks about her Indian tradition and how she keeps up with her culture through books. She recently read Shanku Samagra, the Bengali Edition of a science-fiction book. The author, Satyajit Ray is a renowned writer and artist in India, whose books are popular and read by many people."
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    #27The Discovery of India

    The Discovery of India
    Originally published in 1946, The Discovery of India is a non-fiction book on Indian history written by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. It includes a social, cultural, and spiritual history of colonial India.
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    Andrea Dunn
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book was written by the First Prime Minister of India, also called Chacha and loved by the people of India. It is a very interesting book as I can learn the history of India and cherish it through his eyes."
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    #28Queen of Dreams

    Queen of Dreams

    Queen of Dreams is a historical fiction novel by award-winning author, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It was originally published in 2005, and it tells the story of Rakhi, as she learns to appreciate her Indian heritage.

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    Ishan Das
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Worth it to me!!"
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    #29Q & 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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    Carl Crawford
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Q&A is the basis for the famous movie Slumdog Millionaire and it's just as good as the movie is. The book is about a kid who wins a quiz show and how that changes his life. It is a very applicable story line to many walks of life. "
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    #30East Of The Sun

    East Of The Sun

    East Of The Sun is a romance filled Cultural historical fiction novel written by Julia Gregson. It was published in the year 2008 by Touchstone. It follows the story of Viva Holloway.

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    Russell Scott
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Page turner from start to finish amd the writing is exquisite. Great relationships between the three women and great insite into India during the 20's "
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    #31PeruVina PaVitra Kaniveyalli

    PeruVina PaVitra Kaniveyalli

    PeruVina PaVitra Kaniveyalli is a reference literature book authored by Nemichandra in Kannada language. This book is a travel book that gives insight about Peru's culture, heritage, and culture.

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    Thomas Schmidt
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "It is extremely diffu;t to acertain this one buit sinmce the topic is on Peru it is a toss up tp detremine if this is one of the best Indian books. I gibve iot a middling approach"
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    #32Hoysaleshwara Vishnuvardhana

    Hoysaleshwara Vishnuvardhana

    Hoysaleshwara Vishnuvardhana is a historical reference book written by Tha Ra Su in Kannada language features Vishnuvardhana, one of the underrated rulers of India. This Indian book is about conquest and politics.

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    Samuel Williamson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Ajay Kumar rated it it was amazing Ta Ra Su writes about one of the most underrated rulers of India, "Vishnuvardhana". This novel is about claiming back the land which is captured by the ChoLa kings who would've imposed Hinduism and tamizh in these land. It basically shows Hoysala's journey to become the political center of the southern india."
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    #33Namma Oorina Rasikaru

    Namma Oorina Rasikaru

    Namma Oorina Rasikaru is a nonfiction cultural book written by Sri Goruru Ramaswamy Iyengar in Kannada language that depicts a series of stories of native folks that live in the village of Gorur.

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    Tiffany Nguyen
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Good book about native folks. "
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    #34Elu Rottigalu

    Elu Rottigalu

    Elu Rottigalu authored by the novelist, researcher, and scientist, K N GANESHAIAH, is a thriller and a historical novel written in Kannada language that is based on the history of Nizam of  Hyderabad dynasty.

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    Ronald Fernandez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This author did a ton of research for this book. There's a lot of historical detail in it! I was very impressed. "
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    #35Chitadanta

    Chitadanta

    Chitadanta is a fictional historical novel written by Dr. K. N. Ganeshaiah, a novelist, researcher, and scientist. This Indian novel revolves around the quest for finding the treasures of Alexander The Great in India.

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    Arnav Bose
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I was drawn in by this book almost immediately. It's such a great reflection on Indian mythology, so if you're a nerd like me you'll probably like it. "
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    #36Jugaari Cross: Novel

    Jugaari Cross: Novel

    Jugaari Cross: Novel authored by Poorna Chandra Tejaswi is fictional and thriller that is set in a 24-hour period. This book written in Kannada revolves around philosophy, literature, and global economy.

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    Raymond Vasquez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Have you ever wished for a more than ordinary life? Well thats exactly what this book will have you following. Follow a thrilling deep dive into drama for a thoughtful farming couple that will have you alternating between deep introspection and intense anxiety."
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    #37Nellie the Brave: The Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Nellie the Brave: The Cherokee Trail of Tears

    Nellie the Brave: The Cherokee Trail of Tears is a historical fiction written by Veda Boyd Jones. Originally published in 2006, it focuses on the story of Nellie Starr, a young Cherokee girl caught in America's expansion in 1838.

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    Patrick May
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Cherokee Trail of tears..isn't and upbeat topic.. but as a great great great grandchild of more than one ancestor who walked this, it is something I want you all to know about. It is personal for me. The book is geared towards younger readers..which I think is great. People should know about ALL history...not only White Europeans. I like the fact that this book is compelling. I want to compel you to read it."
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    #38Mistress of the Throne

    Mistress of the Throne

    Mistress of the Throne is a historical fiction novel by Gupta Ruchir published in 2014. Set in 1631, it tells the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who was anointed as the Empress of India by her father, the Mughal King Shah Jahan.

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    Sean Hamilton
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This was very satisfying if you want to pick up something in an Indian setting. It's a historical novel, and I felt like the details were accurate and enlightening. I didn't know a lot of this history before, and it made me pretty curious to pursue it further. Would recommend."

Summary

Best What are the best Indian books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The God of Small ThingsBooks 36 Paid
2The Palace of IllusionsBooks 32 Paid
3Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India.Books 28 Paid
4The Bhagavad GitaBooks 27 Paid
5The Glass PalaceBooks 25 Paid
6The Inheritance of LossBooks 20 Paid
7GitanjaliBooks 18 Paid
8The Story of My Experiments With TruthBooks 17 Paid
9A Suitable BoyBooks 14 Paid
10Interpreter of MaladiesBooks 12 Paid
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