A bit of the wisdom of the crowds wont hurt here. A friend recently asked me about the TEN BEST BOOKS ON INDIA. I could not come up with the list. Hence I am soliciting your help. He is an economist and hence is primarily interested in the Indian Economy. But he is also looking for books (or even chapters in books) that throw more light on her society/ politics/culture or even a specific strand like the Emergency period. Of course, the idea is not to know everything about India from these books. In my opinion, that is impossible. The objective is to compile a list of good reads, maybe some interesting but not-too-famous ones will turn up. Recommendations can range from one to ten; mainstream to academic; english or vernacular. Have your say!