Books of Sep-Oct 2009

  1. It’s not about the Bike – my journey back to life by Lance Armstrong (non-fiction): fucking awesome – I loved the way Lance wrote and while reading this one, I got a lot senti a lot of times – may be because I realized Lance was kinda like I am – may be
  2. The Story of my Assassins by Tarun Tezpal (Fiction): this was one of those stories that highlight how things work in India – the government, the goons, the poor, the lawyers, the journalists, the businessmen – the English seemed forced and the humor not so natural for the first 200 pages but later I got used to the style
  3. Short Stories of Himachal Pradesh by Meenakshi (fiction): in the first page itself the writer had mentioned that those who know how to read Hindi should read the story in the original language than in English – well, that pretty much killed the fun but I read the book anyway – ten local folk tales from Himachal Pradesh – I read it before leaving for Himachal and as I am writing this post, I can recall only one story – so well either my memory is bad or the stories weren’t all that graspingI leave that on you to decide 🙂
  4. Recent Research of Ladakh 2009 (collection of recent essays): need I write any more? 😛
  5. Ladakh Adventures – the snow leopard by Deepak Dalal (fiction): this was like an English version of an extended crappy story from Suman Saurabh (don’t tell me you never read it in school) – so yeah, I could have liked this book ten years back – I had loads of time in Leh and I didn’t mind reading some local story, however crappy it could be
  6. Into Thin Air by John Krakaeur (non-Fiction): this book talked about an Everest expedition that went horribly and tragically wrong – the author was one of the lucky few survivors – after reading it I realized how much I want to do the Everest (will insh-allah do it some day) – I loved the way this book was written, kept me hooked till the book was done
  7. Many Lives Many Masters by Dr. Brian L. Weiss (non-fiction): if this was non-fiction, this was scary – this doc who wrote the book was a psychiatrist who found a patient who could talk about past-lives when hypnotized – this book made me go crazy and I still wonder if what the doc wrote really happened, because if it did, then shit man, shit!
  8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (fiction): I liked it because the entire book was so cutely narrated in first person by an eight year old kid – the kid was a stud in maths and logic but had some wiring problem in his brain because of which his emotions were all screwed up
  9. Phantoms in the Brain by V.S. Ramachandran (non-fiction): I can safely proclaim that this book is a must read – one of those few non-fictions that really fascinate and educate you at the same time – read it to know how neurologists are trying to figure out how exactly does the brain work
  10. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (fiction): have read only 1/3rd of this 900+ pages bestseller written in first person and have so far, loved both the style of writing, and the story – and omg, this book has just so many quotable quotes – I have collected 34 quotes already, so you can imagine

And now here’s a request – please be nice and recommend books to me. Please please please.

25 replies on “Books of Sep-Oct 2009”

I’ll tell you what I read and liked in the past few days.
A year in Merde by Stephen Clarke about an Englishman who goes to France for a year. It was not hilarious.
The Millenium series by Stieg Larsson. Read the 1st two in the 3-book series. 3rd one comes out next year 🙁 . Absolutely thrilling.
Currently reading Brick Lane by Monica Ali. Seems good so far. I am quite easy to please!

Please read my book, A Grasshopper’s Pilgrimage.

Now that I have got that out of the way, I can tell you which books really makes my heart beat fast: Living Enlightenment, Guaranteed Solutions, You can heal, Meditation is for you, Open the door. let the breeze in, by Swami Nithyananda.

Read into the wild, Angela’s ashes and roots by alex haley, the art of motorcycle maintainence all are good

Thanks Bachcha. Added Into the Wild and Ashes and roots to flipkart wishlist. Had read Zen and the art of MM long time back and had been really intrigued by it.

I don’t know whether you like crime novels or not, but the Martin Beck series by the Swedish novelists Sjowall and Wahloo, for every crime buff. These books have been made into movies too, but the sole problem is that they are all in Swedish (no English subs 🙁 ). But I assure you they make a good read. I’ve actually read the entire series by borrowing these books from my uncle few years back and if you do find them in India please do tell me, I’d be happy to buy!

Books are difficult to suggest mate, movies seem to be a better option!

Btw, I didn’t receive the email alert for this post, it’s not in my spam folder too, please check on it!


you are right about shantaraam and quotable quotes. book is full of them . specially the philosophical insights by Karla.
“Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything exept tears. In the end that’s all there is: love and its duty, sorrow and its truth. In the end that’s all we have – to hold on tight until the dawn” 🙂

“India after Gandhi” is a good read. .. By Ramchandra Guha. History of india after independence.

Something’s wrong with the email alert man – trying to set it up but haven’t succeeded so far. I hope to get this thing working again. Thanks for letting me know about it.

the last intersting book i read was ‘flow’ by mihaly csikszentmihalyi

currently reading;
maximum city
world is flat
change by design

Added Flow and Maximum city to my to-read list Rajasee. I have read Freakonomics – pretty smart and intelligent analysis and all that there, you would sure like it. I have also read World is Flat – was a decent read. Aur Change by Design tere liye hai – har kisi ke liye nahi 😛

A train to pakistan – Kushwant Singh
O ‘ Jerusalem – Fredrick collins and Dominuque

Bugles and a Tiger – My life in the Gurkhas By John Masters – Hilarious

No Gayathri, I haven’t read Reluctant Fundamentalist. Have added it to my to-read list. Shall read it some time. Have also added My sister’s keepers to the list.

If you want to philosophical shit about love, try “A Seducer’s Diary”, written by Soren Kierkegaard. A very small book, about 130 pages, the writer was a Danish philosopher.

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