The Best of 2011: Book Recommendations by your favorite Indian Authors

Book recommendations are special, and more so when they come from people whose works you like and follow. So as a year-end exercise we thought of asking some of the authors we like to recommend a book that they read in 2011 and liked the most and here’s what came out

  1. Abhijit Bhaduri recommends “Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    The best book to understand how we all THINK we make decisions rationally. Actually how irrational we are.
  2. Abhimanyu Sisodia recommendsRiver God by Wilbur Smith
    It’s based in Ancient Egypt and the author did a brilliant job of depicting not only the way of life but also the psychology of people in those times. I mean slavery was the trend back then, and the way characters in the book, even the most mature ones, justified it just totally showed you how they could delude even the slaves into believing they needed it.
  3. Angela Saini recommends “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder And The Birth Of Forensic Medicine In Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum”
    It’s a scientific thriller, pacy and easy to read
  4. Annie Zaidi recommends “The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
    Unapologetically complex structure. Emotionally searing, but no sentimentalism. Characters you fear for, in an era you can no longer access
  5.  Arundati Dandapani recommends Zero Dial by J. Dey
    A peek into the testy lives of informers gangsters and the police. Murky daring brave, gets you under the skin of Mumbai city like no other.
  6. Ashwin Sanghi recommends Lucknow Boy: A Memoir by Vinod Mehta
    I have always believed that fact is stranger than fiction and Vinod Mehta’s book is proof of that. The narrative is absolutely delicious because it reads like fiction whereas we know that it’s fact.
  7. C Y Gopinath recommends Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson
    Takes a masterful pen to capture the shades of grey in a black and white genius and present the best and worst of him — without passing judgment, and still somehow inspiring.
  8. Deanne Panday recommends here book I’m not stressed
    You too might be stressed like 50% of the working population in india. I share with you the secrets to tackle this looming lifestyle problem.i have worked on this book with the countries leading psychiatrists,cardiologists,endocrinologists,and personalities like Karan Johar,Bipasha basu,Lara dutta,John abraham,Leander paes,ekta Kapoor.shahrukh khan.. Stay fit & stress free.
  9. Durjoy Datta recommends “The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid”
    It’s amazing how the author captures a plethora of emotions and a gamut of social issues in a single dialogue. I have never read a monologue as interesting as this one.
  10. Madhuri Banerjee recommends Ithaca by David Davidar
    David is an icon in the publishing world. When he writes a book, it is a legacy that he leaves behind. Ithaca is a fantastic book that is lucid in language and thrilling in pace. A must buy
  11. Nazia Mallick recommends “Perfume – the story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind
    In brief I could say that Perfume is a book in which loneliness is trapped like a caged bird and is used as a great fear factor. It is something to be scared of. Something to be curiously inspired by and something that would shake the core of anyone reading through its implications.
  12. Nikita Singh recommends 11.22.63 by Stephen King
    I liked the way the author meshes the reality with what-could-have-happened. The book takes you to some other world. The pace is racy, and the plot gets so interesting by the end of it, that it keeps you hooked. Every page is a masterpiece!
  13. Nishant Kaushik recommends The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi
    Amish has crafted a wonderful and fascinating story about Shiva’s rise as the “Mahadev”. Remarkable concept of the subjectivity around good and evil.
  14. Preeti Shenoy recommends “I will not die an unlived life by Dawna Markova”
    A deep book that makes one think– not just a lazy armchair read. The writing is sheer poetry.
  15. Rahul Pandita recommends “Ghosts in the Daylight by Janine Di Giovanni”
    It’s a brilliant chronicle/memoir of what happens when the demons of war return to confront you.
  16. Rashmi Bansal recommends Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford
    Wonderful insights applicable to business & life, revealed through stories. If you liked Freakonomics, you will love this one!
  17. Ravi Handa recommends The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
    The book has a radically new way of looking at evolution. At least it is a radically new way for those of us who did not study biology beyond the compulsory class 10th. As to what we have studied or rather what we remember, evolution works towards protecting the species and it is the fittest species that survives.
  18. Rupa Gulab recommends Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga
    Powerful builder vs frail old man who refuses to part with his flat in a redevelopment scheme. You’re left wondering if he was a hero or a stubborn old fool.
  19. Sachin Garg recommends “The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
    The book is a perfect amalgamation of emotions, motivation and realism by a man, opening his heart in the face of terminal cancer. Loved every word of it.
  20. Samit Basu recommends “Habibi by Craig Thompson
    Beautifully written and drawn graphic novel by the author of Blankets about gaps in culture and bridges built by stories.
  21. Saraswati Nagpal recommends Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D
    Powerful & transforming, this book is a rite of passage for story-tellers, and men and women who wish to experience life with deeper vision.
    Women Who Run with the Wolves is a re-read, but I still count it as my favourite this year. It just might keep that spot for many years to come!”
  22. Suhel Seth recommends The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen
    Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice is an evocative work which helps the reader gain a remarkable insight into the manner in which justice and fairness must be differentiated and the role that socieites and religions have played in its evolution..
  23. Swapan Seth recommends Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson
    Great life. Brilliantly essayed.
  24. Swetha Prakash recommends Dattatreya by Antonio Rigopoulos
    This is an academic book on theology.The sort I love reading. Dattatreya is truely amazing. It speaks of a liminal god, firmly established in the margins of society and yet being completely in the center of everything. Mindblowing.
  25. Tabish Khair recommends “Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad”
    Having read most of Conrad, I had somehow not read this work. A book that stays in mind for both its structure and itsnarrative, as is the case with great novels: the former element, in particular, has suffered in recent years, with the focus being too much on insipid, straight ‘storytelling’. Lord Jim is a novel that is greater than the sum of its parts, a deep and gripping exploration of power, love, trust, responsibility, self-deceit and humanity, and a telling commentary on the ‘idea’ that supposedly justifies colonisation in Conrad’s great novella, Heart of Darkness.
  26. Vijayendra Haryal recommends “Freakonomics”
    Absolutely stunning way of looking at data- reaffirms , ‘ There are no facts, only interpretations’
  27. Vijayendra Mohanty recommends “Kabul Disco” 
    A graphic novel memoir by Nicolas Wild of his time spent in Afghanistan. It does not condescend and it does not exoticise. An honest and entertaining comic book.

Thanks everyone for their inputs

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