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22 Books That Every Indian Should Read Before Turning 18

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share some of the books everyone should read in their childhood. Here’s what they said:

1. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

"It (Mowgli's tale) is a reassuring story about not having anything, and still being able to find a home and more importantly, a family."Submitted by Srishti Dixit.
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"It (Mowgli's tale) is a reassuring story about not having anything, and still being able to find a home and more importantly, a family."

Submitted by Srishti Dixit.

2. The Famous Five and Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton

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"When you read these as a child, you feel equipped to take on mysteries and all you really need is a shed, a few good friends and a password. These books create lifelong readers out of children."

Submitted by Amrita Korwar.

3. Matilda by Roald Dahl

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"Matilda showed us to never stop learning and to always stand up for what is right. And you choose your own family."

Submitted by Crystal Caralagh D'souza.

4. Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan

"They're just a really beautiful stories about the simple life, and a good escape from the hassles of everyday life."Submitted by Niall Nazareth.
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"They're just a really beautiful stories about the simple life, and a good escape from the hassles of everyday life."

Submitted by Niall Nazareth.

5. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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"Without Harry Potter my teenage years would be incomplete. It was definitely one of the best parts of growing up. You were transported to a surreal world of wonder and magic. The friendship between the characters and the courage shown by them was truly inspirational."

Submitted by Talia D'Souza.

6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

"When I was young it appealed to me because of the how mischievous and playful Tom was. It was just easy, light and fun reading and made me enjoy my 'me' time more."Submitted by Cheryl Rynjah.
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"When I was young it appealed to me because of the how mischievous and playful Tom was. It was just easy, light and fun reading and made me enjoy my 'me' time more."

Submitted by Cheryl Rynjah.

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

"I love it because it's me, it's been my life. I've been that grubby girl growing up playing football, staying up nights reading and writing."Submitted by Kanika Chopra.
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"I love it because it's me, it's been my life. I've been that grubby girl growing up playing football, staying up nights reading and writing."

Submitted by Kanika Chopra.

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

"It was one of the first books that gave wings to my imagination. It made me happy, it made me cry. And most importantly, it made me believe."Submitted by Shreya Sethuraman.
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"It was one of the first books that gave wings to my imagination. It made me happy, it made me cry. And most importantly, it made me believe."

Submitted by Shreya Sethuraman.

9. The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon

"Frank and Joe Hardy embodied exactly what a kid growing up should be: curious, courageous, never yielding, and most importantly compassionate."Submitted by Garth D'Mello.
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"Frank and Joe Hardy embodied exactly what a kid growing up should be: curious, courageous, never yielding, and most importantly compassionate."

Submitted by Garth D'Mello.

10. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

"I read Charlotte's Web when I was 10. I realised how she was a true friend and she made other lives better even though she lost her own in the end. Who amongst us can claim to have cried when a fictional spider died?"Submitted by Priyam Srivastav.
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"I read Charlotte's Web when I was 10. I realised how she was a true friend and she made other lives better even though she lost her own in the end. Who amongst us can claim to have cried when a fictional spider died?"

Submitted by Priyam Srivastav.

11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

"Throughout the book you learn lessons about life, from the smallest to the largest detail. Whenever I read it it gets even more beautiful."Submitted by Debanjali Dey.
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"Throughout the book you learn lessons about life, from the smallest to the largest detail. Whenever I read it it gets even more beautiful."

Submitted by Debanjali Dey.

12. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"This is literally the story of realising that all adults were once children. It uses childlike concepts and illustrations as a way of social commentary on the world at that time."Submitted by Arundhati Dahiya.
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"This is literally the story of realising that all adults were once children. It uses childlike concepts and illustrations as a way of social commentary on the world at that time."

Submitted by Arundhati Dahiya.

13. The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene

"It's a great series. She was smart."Submitted by Nirali Shah.
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"It's a great series. She was smart."

Submitted by Nirali Shah.

14. The Bartimaeus Sequence

"It's a story where wizards derive their power from djinn. It's really funny and is told through the djinn's perspective. He uses footnotes. Liberally."Submitted by Yohann Benson.
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"It's a story where wizards derive their power from djinn. It's really funny and is told through the djinn's perspective. He uses footnotes. Liberally."

Submitted by Yohann Benson.

15. Animal Farm by George Orwell

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"It's simple and should be mandatory to learn the cruel ways of life."

Submitted by Sujit Nair.

16. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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"The book is one of the most truthful records of human emotion, surrounded by tragedy with a tinge of hope."

Submitted by Sahil Rizwan.

17. A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

"It's about a man who spends the better part of his life trying to find himself, a struggle that is very real in the early years of anyone's life. All he wants is a feeling of belonging, a place to call home."Submitted by Nahim Perwad.
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"It's about a man who spends the better part of his life trying to find himself, a struggle that is very real in the early years of anyone's life. All he wants is a feeling of belonging, a place to call home."

Submitted by Nahim Perwad.

18. The Feluda series by Satyajit Ray

"Not only for our very own Sherlock Holmes, but for the beauty of India essayed in them."Submitted by Aabha Bahety.
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"Not only for our very own Sherlock Holmes, but for the beauty of India essayed in them."

Submitted by Aabha Bahety.

19. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

"I feel every Indian kid should read A Thousand Splendid Suns because life doesn't go quite the way you imagined it."Submitted by Sulagna Ghosh.
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"I feel every Indian kid should read A Thousand Splendid Suns because life doesn't go quite the way you imagined it."

Submitted by Sulagna Ghosh.

20. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth

"Some might say Divergent is not exactly for children but I think it teaches a lot about bravery and making your own career choices in future even if your parents are against it."Submitted by Shouryaa Dubey.
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"Some might say Divergent is not exactly for children but I think it teaches a lot about bravery and making your own career choices in future even if your parents are against it."

Submitted by Shouryaa Dubey.

21. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

"What I loved most about the book was how Anne's unafraid to be herself. She's a chatterbox, but what she says has meaning to it."Submitted by Ratika Deshpande.
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"What I loved most about the book was how Anne's unafraid to be herself. She's a chatterbox, but what she says has meaning to it."

Submitted by Ratika Deshpande.

22. The Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton

"The best thing about the books is that you could relate to every character at some point of time. You're not just a Darrell or a Gwen. You're all of them and that is why the books are genius."Submitted by Sonia Thomas.

"The best thing about the books is that you could relate to every character at some point of time. You're not just a Darrell or a Gwen. You're all of them and that is why the books are genius."

Submitted by Sonia Thomas.

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