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Good non fiction books to follow for essay prep

Can people please enlighten us with list of books which they found useful in essay prep?


  • My experiment with truth,
    Development and participation(Amartya sen), Hind swaraj,outstanding leadership(about gandhi)
  • You can read Argumentative Indian, Ramachandra Guha India after Gandhi, uncertain glory, difficulty of being good , if u want to read for essay. If u want to read some good non fiction books otherwise, do tell :)
  • @GreyMatterRules ....Yaa brother, if you can suggest some good nonfiction for UPSC(esp. Essay,socio, modern india) and also for love of reading, share with us..

    P.S.- I'm presently reading "Our moon has blood clots" and next in the line is "The country of first boys" by Sen Sir

    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"
  • 'India 2020' by APJ Abdul Kalam. Though India has come a long away since it was published in 1998, it still has the potential to affect the reader, and sow seeds of hope, as far as India's position in the world is concerned.
  • India 2016 by Ministry of Information and broadcasting :p ;)
  • Development as freedom by Amartya sen
    When the going gets tough, the tough gets going :)
  • edited May 2016
    1) Imagining India.
    2)Uncertain glory of India.
    3)India beyond 2020.
    4) Argumentative Indian.
    5)Getting India back on track.
    6)Development and participation.
    7)India Unbound.
    8)DIfficulty of being Good.
    9)Battles Half won.
    10)Pax Indica.
    12)Hello bastar.
    13)Anhilation of caste.
    14)India thryst with destiny.
    15) Everybody love a good drought.
  • All editorials of THE HINDU over the past year.
  • 1)our moon has blood clots by rahul pandita
    2)land of seven rivers by sanjeev sanyal
    3)getting india back on track
    4)india's tryst with destiny by arvind panagariya and j.bhagwati(a solid critique of amartya dreze communist propaganda)
    5)india shastra by tharoor
    6)my experiments with truth
    7)what young india wants and making india awesome
  • any idea how is imagining india by Nandan nilankani ?? is it worth the read from essay perspective?
  • Thank you guys for putting up the list. @ariesrahul Its a good book but a very bulky one
  • between "india's tryst with destiny by arvind panagariya and j.bhagwati" and Imagining India by Nandan Nilankani which one should be read.. considering dont have time to read both?? anyone here read both?
  • is it helpful in prep :And What Remains in the End: The Memoirs of an Unrepentant Civil Servant by robin gupta
    and Pyramid of Virgin Dreams by vipul mitra
  • E F Schumacher's Small is Beautiful and Guide for the Perplexed are good books to tackle subjects related to Development/ Economics/Technology's effects on Humanity.
  • edited May 2016
    I miss the simpler times when we used to do things without an agenda, just for the pleasure of it.
    A Lion doesn't concern himself with the opinions of the sheep.
  • Eventually, fiction and non-fiction both kind of books can be read to grasp ideas for writing essays. For example, someone writing on abstract subjects could very well use Albus Dumbledore in the text. The key is to develop thoughts and hence argumentative approach to a subject.
    Sharpen your axe, before cutting down the tree...
  • any one has pdf of india's tryst with destiny by arvind panagariya and j.bhagwati
  • India of My Dreams-Compilation of Gandhiji's articles in Young India and Harijan
  • One step,One Punch,One Round At a Time.
    How you do anything is how you do everything.

    PSIR Optional. Aspiring Diplomat.
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