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Does ‘Rocket Boys’ leave you wanting more? So, here are 5 history books, which like Rocket Boys, will hook you up to the real stories from India's recent past.
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Does ‘Rocket Boys’ left you wanting for more? 

If that is the case, this article is for you. As they say,” Reality is stranger than fiction”. But Indian history is not only stranger, but it is also full of stories of individual courage, achievements, and of things, no one believed in but were made possible. 

So, here are 5 history books, which like Rocket Boys, will hook you up to the real stories from India’s recent past:

1. India After Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha

 How can a nation, in which no one believed, not only succeed but emerged as the biggest democracy on the planet? 

What happens when a historian gets a poetic talent?

Ramchandra Guha has a unique talent for storytelling which will make you wonder about the things you didn’t know about our past. Adding to that, his best work i.e. ‘India After Gandhi’ is India’s post-independence history written with Guha’s signature story writing style. This book is full of success stories, controversies, and gray characters. 

There is not even a work of fiction that can be equated to it, because no one in their sane mind could think that a tremendously hard task of weaving India into a nation is even possible. Therefore, to this fact Ramchandra Guha’s ‘India After Gandhi’ becomes even more interesting as it is a well-researched, authoritative text on Indian history.

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Book cover: India After Independence
Book cover: India After Independence

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2.  The Anarchy by William Dalrymple

We all loved Game of Thrones except for the disastrous season 8. Is there anything like that in Indian history? 

I give you better than that.

The Anarchy represents the time in which many forces in India were competing with each other to control the richest country on the planet. Whether it was Nadir Shah’s invasion or disintegration of the Mughal Empire or the Rise of the Maratha Empire. The book talks about all in great detail. 

Mainly it’s about East India Company’s rise from a company to a government, but the twists in the journey will make you wonder and ask what if…..???

With a Web Series planned, you should read it before they ruin it for you.

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Book Cover: The Anarchy
Book Cover: The Anarchy

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3.  Rebels Against the Raj by Ramchandra Guha

 It’s a time of anthologies, in which several stories going ahead parallel to each other and at certain points may interact with others. Fun fact, history is full of such multi-story plots. Even more, interestingly, Ramchandra Guha’s ‘Rebels Against the Raj’ is a book on 7 individuals who despite being foreigners, were instrumental in India’s freedom struggle, some even worked after the independence in the country. 

So what’s better than an anthology based on reality? Written in Guha’s unique style, this book is no less than the best anthology series on any OTT right now.

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Book Cover: Rebels Against Raj
Book Cover: Rebels Against Raj

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4.  Genghis Khan and Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

 What does this man have to do with India, you may ask? I say everything. 

If in the whole world history, one has to choose a single individual who changed the course of world history, it’s him. 

Born to a kidnapped wife, discarded by his own clan, and sold into slavery in his childhood, there couldn’t have been a more interesting rise to power than Genghis Khan.

 Just his origin part can make you wonder why we aren’t making a web series on this. Then comes the part, where he and his descendants changed the world, for better or worse, with the biggest Empire the world has ever seen. 

If you want to know why anti-semitism rose in Europe? 

How world population saw a collapse? 

Where did the Mughals come from? 

Even to the story of how Columbus discovered America? 

This book provides answers to all your questions.

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Book Cover: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Book Cover: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

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5.  Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Written by Viktor Frankl, this book has nothing to do with India or even its surroundings, but it has everything to do with each individual. It is a story about survival in the worst situation possible, where one out of twenty came out alive. 

He found the meaning of life in his traumatic journey. As a result, we got this book which has been guiding people since then. 

At the right time, this book made me realize the privileges I have and how lucky I am to be born at a time when I can achieve anything without anyone pulling me behind. Thus, I am a bit biased towards it. But, for all those who want to begin by reading a short and inspiring book, I say start with this. 

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Book Cover: Man's Search For Meaning
Book Cover: Man’s Search For Meaning

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All these books will hook you up from page one itself. Just search on Google and you can read the first few pages of each book review. Trust me, once you start going through these history books, fictional work won’t satisfy your appetite or in other words, History is where the real magic happens.

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