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5 must-reads

education Updated: Apr 07, 2011 13:27 IST
Nayanjot Lahiri

Delhi University's history professor Nayanjot Lahiri recommends five enagaging books that describe the past.

In An Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh
A brilliantly reconstructed story about Egypt which connects a medieval history — of traders and slaves in different continents — with a modern tale of the experiences of an Indian social scientist, Ghosh himself, as he writes and researches on Egypt.

In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology Of Early American Life by James Deetz
Through relics of ordinary lives ‘so often forgotten’ ranging from glass and pottery to architectural remains, Deetz provides an unusual study of American life.

An Anthropologist Among The Marxists And Other Essays by Ramachandra Guha
There are several subjects that are covered in this collection of wonderfully written essays from soccer and cricket to history and environment — explored and analysed through individuals like Gandhi, Nehru, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.

The Story Of Asia’s Lions by Divyabhanusinh
A remarkable history about our national animal which pieces together the story of Asiatic lions, from ancient times till the present through, bones, books, beautiful paintings and so much else.

The Return Of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis
This unputdownable narrative history is written like a novel. It is about a court case concerning love and deception in 16th century rural France.