Best Reads 2016: Rana Safvi


These days I am so busy researching for my own books that I end up reading only on my own subject which is normally on heritage and medieval history.  I now end up reading non-fiction only these days:

1. Own it by Aparna Jain (this is one of the few books I read in one sitting late into the night. It’s a brilliant book of women and their problems in the corporate world and how to deal with  sexual harassment in the workplace. A must read for all women and yes men too).

2. The First Muslim by Lesley Hazleton (this is a beautiful biography of the Prophet: brilliant research and very unbiased).

3. 1857 The real Story of the great Uprising translated by Mrinal Pande (1857 is a subject that I am currently researching and this first-hand account by Vishnu Bhatt of Jhansi in 1857 and an eye witness description of Rani of Jhansi Laxmibai which is invaluable).

4. Bahadur Shah Zafar and the War of 1857 by S. Mahdi Hussain (a book which looks at the legacy of Bahadur Shah Zafar and his role in 1857).

5. Begumat ke Aansoo by Khwaja Hasan Nizami in Urdu (based on eye-witness accounts of the survivors from the family of Bahadur Shah Zafar after the uprising of 1857).

6. Rekha: the Untold Story by Yasser Usman. He tells her story with so much empathy.

Rana Safvi is Founder/Moderator of #shair | documenting India’s Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb via its history culture, food, monuments. She is author of Where Stones Speak and Tales from Quran & Hadith.