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India is a country with an interesting history and rich culture. Want to travel to India? Try one of these books about India, and experience Indian culture from many viewpoints.

'The Splendor of Silence' by Indu Sundaresan

The Splendor of Silence by Indu Sudaresen
Atria
Splendor of Silence is a lush, poetic and exquisitely crafted novel that should appeal to anyone who loves reading. This story of a young woman and the secretive American soldier she meets in India is romantic and passionate but doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of life under British rule. The author, Indu Sundaresan, skillfully weaves romance with historical fiction, making for a satisfying, poignant and highly-recommended read.

'The Temple Dancer' by John Speed

'The Temple Dancer' by John Speed
St. Martin's Press
The Temple Dancer: A Novel of India is a fun and suspenseful trip through 17th-century India. Author John Speed introduces a smorgasbord of interesting and colorful characters, both native to India and part of the Portuguese colonial presence. Readers interested in a historical, adventurous story heavy on romance and intrigue will be pleased with The Temple Dancer.

'Beneath a Marble Sky' by John Shors

'Beneath a Marble Sky' by John Shors
Penguin
Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors is a fictional story surrounding the building of the Taj Mahal. While historians agree that the Taj Mahal was built by an emperor in the seventeenth century who was grieving the loss of his wife, the true details surrounding this story have been lost. Shors imagines them in Beneath a Marble Sky, bringing to life a story of love, war, beauty and tragedy.

'The White Tiger' by Aravind Adiga

'The White Tiger' by Aravind Adiga
Simon & Schuster
The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga’s debut novel, won the 2008 Man Booker Prize and has received much critical acclaim. The White Tiger tells the story of a young entrepreneur in India whose childhood nickname was the white tiger. It is an original and compelling story about modern India.

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