I am a big fan of Oxford’s Very Short Introduction series of books. Each book is about 150-odd pages and covers one topic. It is a great way to come up to speed on a new topic in a couple hours of reading. As I read somewhere, there are the ideal companion for a short train ride or flight.
We need to do something similar with Indian history, thought and general writing. Many of the books I see are big tomes, which are just so intimidating to get started. Someone needs to create well-written books like this in India, and price them in the Rs 200 range.