Anandmath was written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and was released in 1882, during the British rule in India. Vande Mataram, national song of India was introduced in this book and it is one of the reasons I picked this book.
It is loosely based on Sanyasis rebellion against Britishers in 18th century. The primary cause of rebellion was lives of people of Bengal became miserable because of paying heavy taxes to Britishers during famine. Many people lost their lives during famine.
It was hard to think that how much our ancestors has suffered to get the freedom. The book’s characters are fictional but incidents are real.
The book was banned by Britishers as they fear it will inspire Indians to fight for their rights. The ban was removed by Govt of India post independence.