2010: Top 10 (+5) Books

Well, I wanted to write a bit about each of these books, but having sat on this list for three months, I don’t think that will happen. So, here is the list of my best reads of 2010 (Not in any particular order, well, except for the 10 and +5 arrangement):

A Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761: Eight Indian Lives (The New Cambridge History of India) This book is simply amazing, especially the story of Malik Ambar!

Objects of Translation: Material Culture and Medieval “Hindu-Muslim” Encounter

This book is a discussion of some of the similar themes as in 8 Indian Lives. Some of the themes, as I see them, that pervade most, if not all, of the books in this list are: the interconnectedness of South Asia (and the world for that matter), its various specificities, and those (objects, forms, people) that travel across these specificities.

Bombay–London-​-New York (Routledge Studies in Health and Social Welfare)
Representations​ of the Intellectual: The 1993 Reith Lectures

Between Past and Future: Selected Essays on South Asia
Essays on Islam and Indian History (available in PDF!)
Curfewed Night: One Kashmiri Journalist’s Frontline Account of Life, Love, and War in
His Homeland
A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb
Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine
After the Last Sky

Desert Divers
A History of Bombing
Passport Photos
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
Somanatha: The Many Voices of a History

PS: I made this list in early December, and in the month of December I read the following three great books that should have been on the list:

Dubai: Gilded Cage
Living Islam: Muslim Religious Experience in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier

Upendranath Ashk – A Critical Biography

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