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I hope that this answer helps someone on a lookout for great books.
- Started off this year with this colossal book- ‘The Count Of Monte Cristo’ by Alexandre Dumas:
2. Then moved on to Haruki Murakami’s ‘Blind Willow Sleeping Women’: (it makes a quick read, and an enjoyable one at that)
3. Having had enough of fiction I picked up this absolutely brilliant book on AMUL’s founder Verghese Kurien and the book goes by the name ‘I Too Had A Dream’:
4. Now, this was a brilliant read. A sad one, but a perception changer: ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi
5. I always make it a point to return to Fyodor Dostoyevsky to get insight into human beings, I haven’t seen characters any more powerful than the ones in his books, and this book ‘Crime And Punishment’ was no different:
6. ‘Sikhs’ by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay made it to my reading list of this year just because I wanted to know more about the times that bear such historical significance. In hindsight, though, I feel, that there must be better options out there:
7. Ah, it’s a privilege, every time, to hold a book written by R.K Narayan, and ‘The Guide’ makes no exception:
8. I read this book just because Shahrukh Khan once mentioned this book as his favourite, and he happens to be mine. ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams is the funniest book I have ever read:
9. ‘India After Gandhi’ by Ramachandra Guha:
as huge as the country, as insightful as its history:
10. ‘Letters From A Father To His Daughter’ by Jawaharlal Nehru.
Jawaharlal Nehru for me, if nothing more, will always remain an epitome of articulation and brilliance.
11. ‘Death Of A Salesman’ by Arthur Miller
12. ‘The Richest Man In Babylon’ by George S Clason
13. The most beautiful book I have read this year, and the one that has made it to my re-read list is ‘The Narrow Road To The Deep North’ by Richard Flanagan. This man booker winner (2014 winner) book has so much to offer. A highly recommended book:
14. My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
15. The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinback
16. Koi Deewana Kehta Hai by Kumar Vishwas
17. ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage’ by Haruki Murakami:
18. ‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe
19. ‘In Other Words’ by Jhumpa Lahiri (Highly recommended for people pursuing new art; especially people exploring a new language)
20. ‘The Gene’ by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Oh, a must read!)
21. ‘The Nose’ by Nikolai Gogol is as brilliant as any other Russian Literature. And I love it.
22. ‘Men Without Women’ by Haruki Murakami (Murakami and his never disappointing tales) Some brilliant short stories.
23. ‘Swami And Friends’ by R.K. Narayan
24. ‘The Guenrsey Literary And Potato Peel Society’ by Mary Ann Shaffer
25. ‘A Man Without A Country’ by Kurt Vonnegut (This is hilarious!)
26. ‘My Truth’ (Indira Gandhi’s biography; from collection of her speeches).
27. ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi: (Highly recommended to everyone)
28. ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ by Mitch Albom: (Best self help book I have read so far)
29. ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’ by Viktor E. Frankl (Highly recommended)
30. ‘Myth=Mythya’ by Devdutt Pattanaik (No one teaches Hindu Mythology a like the way Mr. Pattnaik does):
31. ‘One Hundred Years Of Solitude’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
32. ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro:
(Highly recommended to those ona. lookout for a new author who writes brilliant stuff)
33. ‘The Remains Of The Day’ by Kazuo Ishiguro:
34. ‘A Brief History Of Time’ by Stephen Hawking:
35. ‘The Diary Of A Young Girl’ by Anne Frank
36. ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens
No one makes the sun set and the moon take charge better than Dickens.
37. ‘The Meek One’ by Fyodor Dostoyevski.
Out of my love for Dostoyevsky. Makes a wonderful read.
38. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
39. Patriots and Partisans by Ramachandra Guha
40. The Nun’s Priest Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer
41. Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
42. Inner Engineering by Sadhguru
43. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
44. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders:
45. A Portrait of the Artist as a young man by James Joyce
Happy New Year! And, may you get all the time in the world to read.