For the longest time, i’ve mostly focused on reading sci-fi. This year, i want to try and change – i want to read older books still relevant for today, regardless of the genre.

I asked for suggestions on twitter, linkedin and here are the books i was recommended.

It’s a long list, and hopefully a worthy one ­čÖé

  • Management: High Output Management, Mythical Man Month
  • Psychology: Influence (Robert Cialdini), Thinking Fast and Slow (Dan Kahneman)
  • Money: Freakonomics, Lying for Money
  • Dystopian: Animal Farm (Orwell), Brave New World (this one is a classic but I found it ok)
  • Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
  • Siddhartha (Herman Hesse)
  • Fantasy: The Bartimaeous Trilogy (Johnathan Stroud – I love these books because of the narration style)
  • Flowers for Algernon (1959) – an absolutely readable classic.
  • Raag Darbaari (1968) – Srilal Shukla
  • On Photography (1973) – Susan Sontag
  • Yuganta (1967) – Irawati Karve
  • Anything by Saadat Hasan Manto
  • old travelogues by Dervla Murphy and Eric Newby
  • brave new world
  • silent spring
  • Sophie’s World
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • Jed Mckenna´┐Żs theory of everything
  • Anna Kareninna – Le´┐Żn Tolstoi
  • Stephan Wolf- Hermann Hesse
  • Cien a´┐Żos de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude)- Gabriel Garc´┐Ża M´┐Żrquez
  • The Gene for Bio
  • Carlo Rovelli for Physics
  • Das Kapital´┐Ż Karl Marx
  • Wealth of Nations´┐ŻAdam Smith
  • A brief history of time´┐Ż Hawking
  • Uses of literacy´┐Ż Hoggart
  • Origin of species ´┐Ż Darwin
  • Orientalism´┐ŻSaid
  • The republic´┐Ż Plato
  • War and peace´┐Ż Tolstoy
  • Swami and his friends
  • Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
  • Zen mind beginners mind, Shunryu Suzuki
  • The second sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  • Bhagvad Gita
  • Thirukurral by Thiruvalluvar
  • Yuganta (1967) – Irawati Karve
  • Mahaswetha devi’s After Kurukshetra
  • Valmik’s women (based on Ramayana women)
  • Aranyak by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay

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