I owe my love for reading to Pran – the creator of Chacha Chaudhary. After the magnificent stories of Chacha & Sabu, the next step was towards Champaks. A fling with Malgudi Days in between and I gradually finished school with adventures of Hardy Boys with Nancy Drew thrown in at times.
Serious Novel reading started in college after becoming the member of British Library and reading almost all of Archer, Grisham and Sheldon.
After those 4 years of college, there was a lean period wherein I don’t remember what I actually read. So when I realized that I have spent a lot of money in books this year, I thought of compiling the list here on the blog (also doing it on Library Thing) and may be write a line or two occasionally on the readings. Its tough to define a starting point so I thought of May’09 onwards – after leaving college.


  1. Nine Lives: In search of the Sacred in Modern India – William Darlymple
  2. City of Djinns: A year in Delhi – William Darlymple
  3. Maximum City: Bombay Lost & Found – Suketu Mehta
  4. Everybody loves a good drought – P. Sainath*
  5. Butter Chicken in Ludhiana – Travels in Small town India  – Pankaj Mishra
  6. Chai, Chai – Travels in places where you stop but never get off – Bishwanathan Ghosh
  7. The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux*
  8. Delhi: Adventures in a Mega City – Sam Miller


  1. The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh
  2. Winner Stands Alone – Paulo Cohelo
  3. I shall not hear the nightingale – Khushwant Singh
  4. The Gamechangers – Fake IPL Player
  5. Dork – Sidin Vadukut
  6. 2 states – The story of My Marriage – Chetan Bhgat
  7. Johny Gone Down – Karan Bajaj
  8. May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss – Arnab Ray
  9. The White Tiger – Arvind Adiga
  10. The Great Indian Novel – Shashi Tharoor
  11. Of Love and Politics – Tuhin Sinha
  12. The Sunset Club – Khushwant Singh
  13. Burial at Sea – Khushwant Singh
  14. The Immortals of Meluha – Amish Tripathi
  15. The Secret of Nagas – Amish Tripathi
  16. Delhi is not far – Ruskin Bond
  17. Mediocre But Arrogant – Abhijit Bhaduri
  18. Revolution 2020 – Chetan Bhagat
  19. Empire of the Moghul:  Raiders from the North – Alex Rutherford (Historical Fiction)
  20. Empire of the Moghul: Brothers at war – Alex Rutherford (Historical Fiction)


  1. One up on the Wall street – Peter Lynch
  2. Rich Dad’s guide to investing – Robert Kiyosaki
  3. The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham


  1. India: An Introduction – Khushwant Singh
  2. History of Sikhs, Volume I – Khushwant Singh
  3. White Mughals – William Dalrymple
  4. The Last Mughal – William Dalrymple
  5. Delhi – the novel

Business & Strategy

  1. Dip – Seth Godin
  2. Games Indians Play – V. Raghunathan
  3. The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande


  1. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish – Rashmi Bansal
  2. Sachin – Gulu Ezekiel
  3. Without Fear: The life and trial of Bhagat Singh – Kuldeep Nayar
  4. Absolute Khushwant – Khushwant Singh

Self Development

  1. Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson, MD
  2. Don’t lose your mind, Lose your weight – Rujuta Dwivekar (Its not always about mental self-development 😉


  1. Celebrating Delhi – Essays by multiple authors
  2. History of Sikhs, Volume I – Khushwant Singh
  3. History of Sikhs, Volume II – Khushwant Singh
  4. City Improbable – writings on Delhi – multiple authors
  5. Old Delhi  – 10 Easy walks – Barton and Malone
* Did not/Could not/Will not complete

2 Responses to Books

  1. Ankit Jain says:

    Nice collection , Inclined towards Indian authors and when u wanted to know about India, you read foreign authors 🙂

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