Today, we’ve made a list of 15 best books on Indian warriors. These books span the length and breadth of Indian history and mythology, offering an in-depth perspective on the meaning of valour and courage.
15 Best Books On Indian Warriors | Books Based On Warriors Of India:
- Sita: The Warrior of Mithila by Amish
- The Immortals of Meluha by Amish
- Mrityunjaya by Shivaji Savant
- The Queen’s Last Salute by Moupia Basu
- Women Warriors in Indian History by Yugal Joshi
- Kargil by Rachna Bisht Rawat
- Saffron Swords by Manoshi Sinha Rawal
- India’s Most Fearless by Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh
- Tanaji: The Great Maratha Warrior by Anant Pai
- The Garud Strikes by Mukul Deva
- Shivaji: The Great Maratha by Ranjit Desai
- Baburnama by Babur (translated by Dilip Hiro)
- The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
- Sultan Razia by Jamila Brijbhushan
- Rebel Sultans by Manu Pillai
Sita: The Warrior of Mithila by Amish
This book explores the warrior side of the mythical bride of Ram, who is usually portrayed as an ideal docile wide. Her story involves her knowledge of martial arts and training in weaponry, as well her dazzling wit that completements it.
The Immortals of Meluha by Amish
This book is the fictional account of the Indian God Shiva, imagined as a barbarian man born in the Himalayas who is tamed into a just warrior king by the people of India. The book deftly balances Shiva’s warrior side with his softer side, making the book a hot favourite.
Mrityunjaya by Shivaji Savant
This book is the moving story of a mythological character from the Mahabharata – Karna. Considered as the great archer Arjuna’s only rival, his story is full of valour, generosity and sensitivity – the story of a true warrior.
The Queen’s Last Salute by Moupia Basu
This book hits close to home – it is the story of the brave warrior Queen Rani Lakshmi Bai, who went to war clutching her baby after her husband’s death. This book paints the portrait of the 1857 war against the British, from the eyes of a queen and her servant.
Women Warriors in Indian History by Yugal Joshi
This book is the fictional account of real stories – the escapades of great women warriors from the perspective of their male counterparts. Akbar talks about Durgavati, Marco Polo about Queen Rudramba, Tatya Tope about Avantibai and Malik Kafur about Razia Sultan.
Kargil by Rachna Bisht Rawat
This is a wonderful account of a turbulent period in Indian history, which gave birth to several Indian warriors. The book is subtitled untold stories from the war, and that is exactly what it delves into.
Saffron Swords by Manoshi Sinha Rawal
This book recounts the story of the illustrious struggle of indigenous Indians against their invaders – the Mughals, the British and more. It tells stories that aren’t included in history books, and are lost along the way of the victor’s history.
India’s Most Fearless by Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh
While most of these books talk about warriors in the ancient past, this one is an ode to our present day warriors. It tells us the story of 14 Indian warriors with extraordinary courage, from backgrounds of the army, navy and air force.
Tanaji: The Great Maratha Warrior by Anant Pai
This book is the tale of one of the bravest and most elegant warriors the ferocious Maratha empire has ever seen – Tanaji. From his escapades with Shivaji to win fort after fort to his efforts to thwart the Mughals, he was a blessing to the Maratha empire. This book delves into his victories and challenges, the biggest of both of which was the capture of the Kondana fort.
The Garud Strikes by Mukul Deva
This is the compelling narrative of four simple guards, who turned fierce when attacked, and fought valiantly during the Indo Pak war.
Shivaji: The Great Maratha by Ranjit Desai
No list of Indian warriors can be complete without the ferocious Maratha Shivaji. This is his story, from his entry into the world of warriors to his accomplishment as an extraordinary leader, warrior and politician.
Baburnama by Babur (translated by Dilip Hiro)
Babur was the first of the Mughal warrior kings who came into India and made it his own. This is his memoir, an epic story which is as important to history as it is to literature. Here he accounts for the various aspects of his life, especially his warrior life.
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
This is a fictional-fantastical account of Akbar. It talks about his encounters with the Mughal of Love, who comes from Italy and claims descent from one of Akbar’s distant relatives. This book is not a direct account of a warrior’s history. However, it tells the story of one of India’s most brilliant warriors.
Sultan Razia by Jamila Brijbhushan
This book recounts the story of the only Mughal empress – who was the perfect blend of wit and valour. Not only was she skilled at military tactics but also was a great and generous queen
Rebel Sultans by Manu Pillai
This book brings together the narratives of several great Indian warrior kinds – from Allaudin Khilji to Shivaji. This is a book that compiles the stories of fierce, skilled and passionate warriors.
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