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!
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.
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
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
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: