Book, Magazine & OTT Recommendations

Namaste Parents,

As summer is here, we thought of sharing a curated list of books & OTT we believe kids and you’ll thoroughly enjoy. These selections cover various genres and captivating stories, perfect for relaxing on sunny days. We hope this handpicked collection brings you joy and inspiration throughout the season.

Amar Chitra Katha Comics by Anant Pai

We can't recommend them enough. They are the best books to effortlessly introduce Hindu culture and Indian history to kids. Buying a full set of Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) can be a great investment for your kids!

Tiger Comics

Dive into the untold stories from our sacred texts, inscriptions and lores! Learn about our glorious history and Itihaasas through these engaging books.

Aru Shah (Pandava series) by Roshani Chokshi

Presented by Rick Recordian, the series is a contemporary tale spun with elements from our Puranas and Itihaasas. This thrilling adventure of a 12-year-old Aru has a bit of magic, mysticism, and loads of fun.

Shiva Trilogy by Amish

A tale woven around our beloved Mahadev and Sati, the Shiva trilogy is a compelling read whose Dharmic core shines through the fast-paced action, drama, romance, and memorable battle scenes.

Darcy Comes to India by Nellie White

What happens when Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s great-great grandson Fitzwilliam Ambar Darcy visit India? He falls in love with an intelligent but headstrong Neeli. A feel-good old-fashioned clean romance for young adult readers, the story is not only refreshing but also is a Dharmic stereotype-buster.

Mahabharata by C.R. Rajaji

Another retelling of the Itihaas for readers who are familiar with the basic contours of the Itihaas Mahabharata.

Ramayana by C.R. Rajaji

Dive into the epic tale of Ramayana by C. Rajagopalachari, a masterful retelling of the ancient Indian saga.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

In George Orwell's timeless classic, "Animal Farm," a seemingly idyllic farm becomes the stage for a powerful and thought-provoking allegory. Set in a rural landscape, this remarkable novel examines the nature of power, corruption, and the human condition. In the current environment of highly idealistic positions on activism, we believe this book is a must-read for both young and adult readers.

Manasvi by Sriram Chakradhar

A transformational journey of gaining clarity on the choices that we make in life, assessing the efforts required to reach the desired goal, and how to lead our life, etc. Manasvi is the outcome of enormous research by the "Thavaasmi" team on Sundara Kaanda.

The Incredible History of the Indian Ocean by Sanjeev Sanyal

The book introduces young adult readers to the theater of the Indian Ocean that has always been active. Unlike the conventional history that trivializes the lives of the indigenous population of the region by accrediting the discovery of the sea route to India to Vasco Da Gama, this book is a tribute to the forgotten indigenous populations.

The Incredible History of India’s Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal

Unlike the ideologically motivated apologia that is typically sold as ancient history of the Indian subcontinent, this book meticulously chronicles the story from the Indic perspective.

Revolutionaries: Fight For Freedom (Abridged edition for children) by Sanjeev Sanyal.

This is an abridged edition of Sanjeev Sanyal's Revolutionaries: The Other Story of How India Won Its Freedom, shortened and illustrated for younger readers. This story is about swashbuckling adventure, intrigue, espionage, incredible bravery, treachery, and shockingly unpredictable twists of fate.

Mahabharata unravelled, Mahabharata unravelled II, Ramayana unravelled by Ami Ganatra – These books are not retellings or imaginations, but an attempt to go back to the original itihasa and present the story, learnings, and nuances for what they are, and make the epics accessible to all.

The Curse of Gandhari & Hindu Love Stories by Aditi Banerjee – Aditi is a prolific writer and speaker about Hinduism and the Hindu-American experience. Considering her grip on the subject and engaging writing style, we happily recommend any books written by her.

Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism by Rajiv Malhotra argues for the uniqueness of Indian civilization and Dharmic traditions, contrasting them with Western thought. He critiques Western frameworks for universalizing their perspectives and marginalizing non-Western viewpoints, advocating for a pluralistic and inclusive global discourse. Though dense, the book includes helpful summary tables and is a must-read for parents and young adults.

Hinduism Today Magazine

If you're looking for a comprehensive and insightful resource on Hindu culture, spirituality, and current affairs, subscribing to Hinduism Today magazine is an excellent choice. This esteemed publication offers in-depth articles, interviews with spiritual leaders, and features on temples and cultural events from around the world. Each issue provides valuable perspectives on Hindu philosophy, practices, and the global Hindu community.

Many Lives, Many Masters

This book from author and psychotherapist Dr. Brian Weiss explores the subject of how past lives affect our behavior in current life. It validates the core Hindu principles of Karma and rebirth and how they worked in the life of a girl who could recall all her past births.

New Mahabharata

While some still prefer to watch BR Chopra’s classic Mahabharata, the 2013 Mahabharata series has become an attractive option for the younger generation. With enhanced graphics and well-chosen characters, this series successfully brings the Mahabharata story to life for a new audience. Please note that a Hulu subscription is required to access the series.

Punyashlok Ahilyabai

Punyashlok Ahilyabai

Ahilyabai Holkar's legacy is one of resilience, wisdom, and compassion. Through this OTT resource, viewers can gain a deeper understanding of her contributions to Indian history and be inspired by her remarkable journey.

Upanishad Ganga

Upanishad Ganga, produced by Chinmaya Mission, is a remarkable series that brings the timeless wisdom of the Upanishads to life through engaging storytelling and dramatization. This 52-episode series delves into the profound philosophical and spiritual teachings of the Upanishads, making them accessible and relevant to modern audiences.

Prachyam

Dive into a world of captivating stories, historical documentaries, and cultural treasures. PrachyamTV offers exclusive content that celebrates India's rich heritage. This Indic OTT platform features content suitable for all ages. Please note that a subscription is required to access most of the content.

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