The books I must read in 2016 are all those of young upcoming Indian authors. I am open to suggestions of more such books from other readers. Because I find all three of them talented and focused, They have also researched their subjects well, which is very important. And,they have an easy flow of writing which makes for good reading
Rohin Mohan: The Seasons of Trouble (For three decades, Sri Lanka’s civil war tore communities apart. In 2009, the Sri Lankan army finally defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers guerrillas in a fierce battle that swept up about 300,000 civilians and killed more than 40,000. Rohini Mohan’s searing account of three lives caught up in the devastation looks beyond the heroism of wartime survival to reveal the creeping violence of the everyday).
Manu S Pillai: The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore (Manu S. Pillai’s book focuses on the remarkable life and work of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the last, and forgotten, queen of the House of Travancore. The Ivory Throne conjures up a dramatic world of political intrigues and factions, black magic and conspiracies, crafty ceremonies and splendorous temple treasures, all harnessed in a tragic contest for power and authority in the age of empire).
Srinath Perur: If It’s Monday It Must be Madurai (This delightful travelogue around ten conducted tours is full of rich experiences: hanging on to a camel in the Thar, rediscovering music on the trail of Kabir, joining thousands on an ancient pilgrimage in Maharashtra, crossing living root bridges near Cherrapunji, and more. As much about people as places, the book is also a reflection on the nature of popular travel today marked by the packaging of experiences, the formation of tourist economies and compulsive picture-taking. How this influences tourists comes through vividly: in their creating a ‘mini- India’).