Book Review: ’50 Captivating Lives’ by H. D. Sharma

An encyclopedia of 50 influential people who marked Indian History


Book Title: 50 Captivating Lives
Author: H.D.Sharma
Published By: Rupa Publications India
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-9357022071
Date Published: May 05, 2023
Price: INR 382

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Book Review

50 Captivating Lives” by H.D. Sharma is an excellent anthology that goes beyond the well-known, captivating lives of those who shaped and transformed India. Though everyone is well versed in most of them, reading historical people’s biographies rather than those people’s stories who created History offers valuable insights and benefits. By learning from their experiences, understanding historical context, and gaining perspective and empathy, you can grow personally and develop a deeper understanding of human nature. These biographies inspire and motivate, enhancing historical literacy and appreciation for cultural contributions.

The book “50 Captivating Lives” by H.D. Sharma also includes compelling and significant lives overshadowed by more dominant names in popular culture and media. H.D. Sharma is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. He has worked as a librarian and taught library science at universities in India and abroad. He was educated at the universities of Punjab, Delhi, and Michigan. He has authored several books that showcase influential personalities around the world.

In this book, Among the captivating lives explained, hidden treasures are brimming with new mysteries and information for the readers to explore further. Through these stories, readers can connect with the past, broaden their knowledge, and apply the lessons learned to life and understanding the world.

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The individuals featured in “50 Captivating Lives” have profoundly shaped our country into what it is today. They fought tirelessly for India’s freedom from British rule and set us on a trajectory of growth and success, which we continue to enjoy. These remarkable individuals can be described as captivating, not solely due to their popularity, but because they deserve our gratitude and respect. This anthology is a tribute to their courage, altruism, and ability to inspire and nurture future influential thinkers and leaders.

The book review was first published in Storizen Magazine May 2023 issue.