1. Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From by Tony Joseph Tony Joseph, has coupled the old and the new, and written an account of how our ancestors had a lot to do with who we are today in more ways than we can imagine.

2. Aśoka and the Decline of the Mauryas by Romila Thapar In the book, Romila Thapar reveals many a lore surrounding the dynasty like how its name came to be called ‘Moriyas’ because their ancestors settled in places where there was an abundance of peacocks.

3. The Ocean of Churn: How the Indian Ocean Shaped Human History by Sanjeev Sanyal While historical books usually tend to focus on the culture they are speaking of, this one focuses on the instrument that has been responsible for shaping the cultures — the Indian Ocean.

4. Time Pieces: A Whistle-Stop Tour of Ancient India by Nayanjot Lahiri The book sheds light on how ancient society was different from the present day, in that our ancestors spent a great deal of time focusing on personal growth.

5. The Penguin History of Early India by Romila Thapar In this book, one can find accounts of how the subcontinent has been transformed by invasions and different dynasties, and how every ruling power has left a legacy behind.

6.  The Wonder That Was India by A L Basham Author Arthur Llewellyn Basham’s accounts in the book have been influenced by the first-hand accounts of his father, who served in the Indian Army.

7. A History of South India by  Sastri K A Nilakanta For anyone wishing to gain an in-depth insight into the dynasties, kingdoms and rulers of South India, this book is a treasure trove of information.

8.  Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization by Jonathan Mark Kenoyer What makes this book a fascinating read is that Kenoyer himself has led excavations at Harappa in Punjab, Pakistan for over a decade.

9. Coromandel: A Personal History of South India by Charles Allen The book is a deep dive into the coast of Coromandel, a Southeastern coastal region of India called Cholamandalam, meaning the land of the Chola Dynasty.

10. A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India by Upinder Singh The book lays focus on the writings of the European scholars who were known as the Orientalists, and how translation, textual study, epigraphy, etc, became common.