Yesterday I completed the first book towards my 2016 challenge of reading 15 books: The Sceptical Patriot. This has been written by Sidin Vadukut about who (or is it whom? ) you can read here. He has previous works include the Dork trilogy. If you follow him on twitter or if you read his blog, you know that is extremely funny. Smatterings of his humor are seen throughout The Sceptical Patriot.
The book is his first non-fiction book. He attempts to uncover the truth behind various well-known “India facts” such as the Indians invented zero, Indians were the first to perform plastic surgery, the oldest university was in India, the Indians never invaded other countries, JC Bose invented radio, India was the richest country before the British came etc. I enjoyed reading the book. It is a very easy read, and I learnt a lot. It is not the best book if you want to read about Indian history, I don’t think they intended it to be. It only looks at a few famous facts about India and tries to verify the truth behind them. A lot of articles and books that have been used as part of the author’s research, are included in the book.
What I didn’t like about the book was that the author in some places tries to oversimplify the matter or tries to be funny when it is not needed. But it doesn’t happen a lot. My favorite chapters are the last two.
I would definitely recommend the book. It is a short easy read and even if you are already well-informed about India’s history, you may still find references or stories that you have never heard before.
Overall rating: 3.5/5