Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Indian History

For a lot of us, history subject in school might have been just about memorisation of facts/dates and boredom. Imagine if we can go back to those history classes and make them come alive? What if history became a "live" subject wherein we time travelled to specific eras, got a peek into the lives and culture of our ancestors, shared their emotions, marvelled at their achievements, felt inspired by their lives and learned from their mistakes? Our present has been shaped by the past and the people who inhabited it. Is it not imperative for us to understand our - past, ancestors and heritage?

Ofcourse we cannot change our "student past", but may be we can try to make history more interesting for our kids and enjoy ourselves too in the process :-). More specifically, a personal quest for books on Indian history for my ten year old son, opened up a treasure chest for me. When my Saffron Tree friends started sharing the books which they/their kids have enjoyed, it led  to an amazing list of books. The joy of discovery can be paralleled only by the joy of sharing. So here are a few of the books that we Saffron Tree members have enjoyed on Indian history - some of them are completely fact based, some are historical fiction and some of them have both facts and fiction. We hope that you share our excitement and enthusiasm, as we present these.

Most of these books are predominantly for children 10 years and above.

For books on Indian history which cover the entire breadth from the Indus valley civilisation to the Independence time and beyond, check out Indian History - Facts and Fiction - from Indus valley to the Independence times and beyond.

If you love, historical fiction/fact set in a particular era, Indian Historical Fact/Fiction spanning various eras, is the right place for you !

If you have read the above two posts, you know there is a familiar author name popping up everywhere. Have you guessed the author's name ?! We are very happy to present Choxbox's Interview with Subhadra Sen Gupta, who has published numerous wonderful books for children on Indian historical fiction.

Specifically, if you would like to know more about Delhi, it's history and the Mughal times, check out - Fact and Fiction books on (New) Delhi and the Mughal times.

There have been quite a few books on Indian History which have been reviewed on ST in the past. Here are the links to the same.

This is not the only list, we do have a lot more books lined up, which will come up next year !


sathish said...

A great set of books. lovely post.

Choxbox said...

Great initiative Ranjani. Its very heartening to see this particular area being explored by writers. Who knows - maybe kids will grow up and make different life chices because history appealed to them, rather than putting them off for good!

Vibha said...

Great compilation Ranjani. A page worth bookmarking for ever. Now I know which books to pick up next for the history course supplement.

utbtkids said...

Ranjani thanks for putting a smile on my face, first thing in the morning :)))

This sure is a great resource. Kudos to you for compiling and coordinating.

ranjani.sathish said...

Thank you everyone...this would not have been possible without all your help and cooperation :-)

Praba Ram said...

Terrific effort, Ranjani! This is going to be such an invaluable resource for schools and libraries, around India. Thanks to you and the others stars of ST for helping put together this!



sandhya said...

Wonderful Ranjani. I've added some of these books to my to-be-read list.

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