Pranay Lal's book Indica narrates the natural history of the geographical area of Indian subcontinent, from the days earth was formed, till the evolution of Homo Sapiens. The author has written this book based on extensive geological and paleontological research that has been done so far, and he tries to connect various findings in order to narrate the story of the subcontinent in a linear form. Though the main subject is the Indian subcontinent, the story cannot be told in a disconnected way; so it narrates the formation of earth and its geographical structures, and the evolution and extinction of various species of earth in general, over several billions of years, with a special focus given on India.
Brilliantly written and informative, the book can be read by people like me who don't have much of a deep scientific background regarding the topic, but want to get a high level glimpse of the whole thing in a condensed form, and it gives the right perspective regarding placement of Man in the larger scheme of things. The book is beautifully published, with several color illustrations and photographs.