Best eateries for bookworms – I

 

I have always craved to write this post from a long time. Here is a list of 15 books which I truly-deeply-madly love. Some of them changed my perceptions, some of them made me cry, some of them gave me a terrible gooseflesh, some of them took me on a journey beyond the realms of my imagination and some of them made me think. So here is the list of my absolutely favourite books.

15 The catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger 

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The book which conveyed the teenage anger and frustration vividly. What really made this story thought provoking was the fact that it shows the world through the eyes of a 17 year old. And boy!!! the world did looked disgusting. The narrative is broken and has random ideas thrown at times, somehow very close to how a teenager will explain things if he is asked to. The book was widely challenged when it was published because of its theme and the way it portrayed things. Now its considered one of the best books of all times. To say the least, around 250, 000 copies are sold every year. 

14 Uncle Tom’s cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Published in 1852, the novel is rumoured to trigger the American civil war. The novel centers around Uncle Tom, a black slave who suffer constantly in the hands of evil masters. The book came out at a time when slavery was very much in practice and thus left a deep impact. The book had some memorable characters like Eliza ( who escapes after she has been sold with her five year old son), Eva and Topsy. The best incidence which underlines the impact of the novel is that when Abraham Lincoln met Harriet, he commented – “So, this is the little lady who started the great war.” 

13 Life of Pi by Yann Martel 

life_of_pi_350.jpgThe book won the Man Booker Prize in 2002 and revolves around Pi Patel who narrates his 227 days long journey on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, a haena, a zebra and an orangutan, when the ship carrying his family from Pondicherry to Goa sinks taking his family with it. Basically there are only two characters – Pi and Parker as the rest vanish one by one. The best thing about the book is that the narrative hold the interest even though there are only two characters. The adventure about how Pi survives being eaten by the tiger forms the crux of the story.

12 Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks 

birdsong.jpgOne of the best books on the impact and aftermath of the World War. The narrative moves through three time periods – before, during and after the war. The war is seen through the eyes of Stephen Wraysford who is learning the manufacturing process at a factory and ends up having a passionate affair with the factory owner’s wife. The second track is the world war as seen through Stephen’s eyes when he becomes a Lieutenant in the British army. The third track is the story of his granddaughter who is trying to cope up with her messed up life and trying to know who her grandfather was.

11 The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

hitchhikers.jpgCreativity and imagination at its best. The novel was a huge phenomenon which gave rise to everything from stage shows, tv series, computer games and movies. The book is the first one in a five book series which included “The restaurant at the end of the Universe”, “Life, the Universe and everything”, “So long, and thanks for all the fish” and “Mostly Harmless”.  I was completely knocked down by the narrative which is nothing less than a roller coaster ride. The movie based on the novel was released in 2005 and generated mixed reviews as it differed widely from the novel…the way 99% of the movies are.

10  The Da Vinci code by Dan Brown

da_vinci_code.jpgA book which shocked and surprised me to unimaginable ends. It was the first time I have seen such widespread recognition of a book. I have known people who have read only one book in their life and this is that book. People got so curious that it became mandatory to read this one. Robert Langdon became a legend and there were widespread discussions on Mary Magdalene’s role in Christ’s life. For the first time a book blended facts with fiction with such minute detailing that it was hard to separate them. The success of the movie can also be credited to the curiosity generated by the book.

9 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

wuthering-heights.jpgEmily Bronte wrote just one novel and what a novel it was. A classic in the true sense. I read this book a loooong time back but it always stayed with me. Unforgettable characters and narrated like a dream. The doomed love story oozing utter despair and loneliness will leave you sad, so much that you would wish to hug the characters and tell them that everything will be all-right. You could almost feel the agony and bitterness of Heathcliff and the free spirit and sorrow of Catherine. Its a story of heartbreak and revenge which too gave rise to numerous forms of art like plays, movie, ballet, opera, tv series, radio series and songs.

8 The interpreter of maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

maladies2.jpgThe best book of short stories I had laid hands on. Don’t expect some over dramatized oh-my-god surprise stories. Its a subtle collection of human bondage, sufferings and understanding. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000 and added Jhumpa Lahiri in the A grade list of writers of Indian origin. When I picked up this book I was quite apprehensive and had some preconceived notions. I readied myself for a Yawny boring book, but the first story ( A temporary matter ) killed all my notions. I read five stories in a row before I felt satiated.

7 Midnight’s children by Salman Rushdie

n27478.jpgOne of my absolute favourites. Its a reader’s sheer delight and is nothing less than a blinding flash of brilliance. It took the Booker Prize in 1981 and later the Booker of Bookers in 1993. If I try to narrate the theme in one line, you might find it really silly but it has been presented in such a way that you find sense in the chaos. The book follows the story of a group of children born at the stroke of midnight on 15 August, 1947. It follows the turbulence of a newly born nation through their eyes. The novel ran into a controversy because of the criticism of Indira Gandhi for imposing emergency. Typical Rushdie. 🙂

6 David copperfield by Charles Dickens

davidcoppe_0.jpgThis was the most autobiographical book of Charles Dickens which came out in 1850 and was being published in monthly installments as most of the books in that era were. I have read so many Dickens’s novels like Dombey and Son, Oliver Twist, Bleak House, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit and Great Expectations but this one is my absolute favourite. Maybe because of the believable characters he created for this book. The book chronicles the story of David from his teens till he grows into a mature adult. This is the first Dickens novel to do a narrative in first person. 

5 The memory keeper’s daughter by Kim Edwards

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I had no idea about Kim Edward’s work when I picked this one. There were two reasons to pick the book. A) It was an International Bestseller. B) I liked the cover. 🙂 The book had such a strong undercurrent of human emotions that it left me spellbound. A doctor is forced to delivers his twins on his own and finds out that one of them(the girl) has Down’s syndrome. He hands over this girl to the nurse to dispose her off in some institution and tells his wife that one of the twins died. The nurse brings up the girl instead of disposing her off and one the other side the Doctor’s family crumbles under the burden of this lie. Beautifully written and definitely worth reading.

4 Sphere by Michael Crichton

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I am an ardent Michael Crichton fan. He is one hell of a science fiction writer. I was completely bowled over by Timeline, Congo, Airframe, Disclosure, State of Fear, Terminal Man, A case of need, The Andromeda strain and Prey but the one book which gave me some nice gooseflesh was Sphere. I never knew what people meant when they say that the book is unputdownable until I read this. I finished it off in two days(my fastest ever). The story starts with a group of scientists who are assembled to examine a huge spacecraft buried in the Pacific ocean bed for around 300 years. It soon turns into a psychological thriller as the scientists reach the ocean bed. And don’t watch the movie. It was nothing near the book.

3 The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

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This was Colleen Mcullough’s most famous work of all times which gave rise to the most successfull tv miniseries of all times. The book follows the life of Meggie since she was four to the time when she falls in love with a priest almost double her age to the time when she grows old after suffering in the hands of fate. This forbidden and doomed love story of Meggie and Father Ralph was considered a “bad” book. The Australian settings and the beautiful descriptive style of the writer makes the book a delight to read. To read more about the book, read this.

2 The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings

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Ok. So this book seems completely out of place here. I read this book at a time when “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” did not existed for me. So for me this was moi first fantasy novel.  🙂 Its fascinating and in the league of the LOR series. Can anyone please make a movie out of it? Is any Hollywood director listening? Steven? Jackson? Helllooo??? On a serious note, Its a love story between a thief named Althalus and the Goddess Dweia whom he meet in the “House at the end of the world” where he is sent to steal the “Book of Deiwos”. The book reaches epic proportions as it races towards its end. One of the very few yummy books I have read twice.

1 The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

the_fountainhead.jpgThe book which changed the way I perceive the world, the way I perceive my job and the way I perceive love. The book was a major literary success of its times and was rejected by numerous publishers before it saw the light of the day. It still sells like hot cakes since the sixty years it was published and was followed by “Atlas Shrugged”, another of Ayn Rand’s work which underlines her theory of Objectivism. The book was rightly called “a hymn in praise of the individual” by a NewYork times editor. The novel follows the story of Howard Roark, an unconventional and creative architect who has to constantly fight the dogma of established beliefs and conventions of his profession. Its a book which has inspired millions to flow against the tide.

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62 comments on “Best eateries for bookworms – I

  1. I am surprised that you’ve put Fountainhead in #1 and Rushdie and Lahiri way down your list. I have never been a fan of Ayn Rand. In fact, I had a huge fight over her in my blog (About page) with someone who is a Rand fan. Do you like Arundhati Roy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Margaret Atwood or Paul Auster by any chance? 🙂

    Oh and Catcher in the Rye is another favorite of mine. 🙂

  2. @Ruhi : Well…Thats the way it is for me. 🙂 Fountainhead was a life changing experience for me. I still have to find a book which I can rank above that. And yes I have read “God of small things”…but I have to read it again sometime. I was too young at that time to understand the book I guess. 🙂 And I have read “One hundred years of Solitude” which I very much liked.
    And I am dying to read “The blind Assassin” but I am not able to find it anywhere. 😦
    Never read Paul Auster. Which is his most famous work?
    And have you noticed that the way in which “Catcher in the rye” is written is very similar to the way Ish writes? That was the first thing that struck me when I read his blog for the first time. 😆

  3. Well probably you’ll enjoy Roy’s book much more now. 🙂 Never come across any other book with similar intensity. I’m a big fan of Roy’s.

    I’m so sorry that you can’t find The Blind Assassin. It’s another of my absolute favorites. Have you tried getting a copy from a lending library?

    Paul Auster has lots of lovely books. You can read “Leviathan” by him or “The New York Trilogy” or the Moon Palace or anything at all…you’ll love all of them…really. 🙂 He’s that good. His books are so simple. You’ll be astounded by his simplicity.

    Yes, I think that Ish has his own brand, really. Hard to find someone like him. He’s a mad guy. I need to meet him sometime in my life.

  4. Ooohh..jut noticed that you saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotles Mind 😀 Another of my favorites. Such a brilliant movie. Not everyone likes it though.

  5. @Ruhi : I don’t know about any lending libraries in this city. 😦 I buy books only when I visit some mall in the weekends to watch a movie. I am going to watch “Enchanted” today, so will search for this book again. 🙂 I’ll definitely read Paul Auster now. 🙂
    And yes….”Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind” was great. Loved every bit of it.
    Even I would like to meet Ish, after I have seen his one eye and one hand on his blog. I would like to see him completely. 😆
    @Madharasan : Now that you have mentioned it I will definitely read it. Thanks. In this post I only concentrated on Fiction rather than self-help books. 🙂 Thanks for the comment.
    @Arvind : You forgot to mention which two. 😐 Let me guess. One would surely be “Da Vinci code” and the second would be “Sphere”? I might be wrong about the second one… 🙂

  6. @Amit: Okay, I was almost gonna cry but just then I came across #6 and I was like phew, I’ve read one of the 15 books at least. I used to be very interested in novels and stuff as a kid. But then as I started growing up, I never found any time for reading a book. I used to be an ardent keyboard player as a child, I gave up on that also when I was around 15 or 16. I had decided to start learning web designing on my own when I was 17. I gave it up after a couple of months or so. So basically, whatever I’ve wanted to do in life, I’ve given up eventually. I could blame it on the circumstances and studies but that would be unfair because on a personal level, I know that I could have managed to find some time for my hobbies if I had managed my time better. Anyway, I’m hoping to catch up on everything once I’m in college and not really worried about what’s gonna happen in the future. I wanna read so many books and I wanna learn how to play the guitar and form a band. I wish that becomes a reality someday. And I so need to read The Catcher in the Rye now.

    P.S. – If you had an account on Facebook, you would have been able to see all of me. I guess I should make a puzzle game out of a picture of mine and put it on my blog. Should be fun! 😛

    @Ruhi: If you can send me a ticket to America and take me to Disneyland(because of the cartoons) and Hollywood(again, because of the cartoons LOL), I’m so totally gonna come there right now! 😛

    Lol just kidding. The next time you come to India, try coming to Punjab and we can meet up at a nice Dhaba or something. 😀

  7. @Amit

    Let me know how Enchanted was…I’m shying away from that movie because it’s made by Disney. I like watching only intense and mind screwing movies. 😛 I am going to watch Michael Clayton today, so that for the Oscars tomorrow, at least I know something.

    @Ish

    Oye, I’ve been to Punjab once, on my way to Simla Manali and that was in 2001, I think. I was in Chandigarh for sometime. Such a pretty city…so green and clean. 🙂 I loved it. I doubt that I’ll come to Punjab again, because most of my trips are so short. Par agar aap Delhi aa jaaye, toh there won’t be a problem, I think. This August also, I’d gone to Calcutta through Delhi, because lots of relatives stay in Delhi. I really should meet you sometime.

  8. @Ish : You should always find sometime for your hobbies. You don’t know where destiny will throw you tomorrow and then you might have nobody to talk to. That time your hobbies will come to your rescue. I guess right now blogging is ur hobby and don’t worry you are doing a great job. 🙂 BYW, did you read the abridged version of David Copperfield?
    @Ruhi : Just got back. “Enchanted” was good. Liked it. Mushy love story with songs and a different story. Its a feel good movie. Watch it when you are in a mood to relax. Cute movie. I have Michael Clayton in my laptop. Not seen it yet. Let me know how it was.

    That header thing just clicked in my mind one fine day. Thankyou. 🙂
    People are so kind here. 🙂

  9. I thought so too…that Enchanted will be a light and feel good movie 🙂 I didn’t go to see Michael Clayton today. Have lots of studies to do. I’ll go tomorrow definitely and let you know.

    Re: kindness, you happened to come across nice people 😉

  10. @Ruhi: Yeah, I guess I should be able to come to Delhi if I don’t go to some south Indian college for my engineering degree. Once I’m at college, I don’t know when I’ll be free so it’ll need a good amount of planning. But I’m sure we can figure something out. If I can somehow get admission in some Delhi college, nothing like that. Btw, have you heard anything about Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)?

    @Amit: Yeah, I know I should give time to my hobbies. Actually, I know I’m gonna be dumped in some lonesome corner of this country pretty soon and would probably not have the internet there. I don’t know what I will do then, I pretty much don’t have a life offline. That’s why I’m trying to look for a college that has internet lol. Padhaai wadhaai we’ll see afterwards. No, only kidding. Let’s see what happens.

    And yea, people are kind in here indeed. 😀

  11. @Arvind : Ya…I was pretty sure that I was wrong on the second one. And I am very sure that you read the abridged version. 🙂 The actual one is a tome.
    @Ruhi : OK. I saw “The Pianist” also yesterday. I didn’t knew that it was a real story. These kind of movies just make me so sick. If you have seen it, you’ll know what I mean.
    @Ish : Oyeee..even I have to meet you. So whenever you make a plan, just count me in. And VIT is good, but there is no internet connection. 😦 There are 2-3 sifi cafe in the campus. Its a very sleepy and laidback place. Two of my roommates are passed out from VIT.

  12. @Amit: Yep, you’re on the “To Meet” list too. I guess we should do a Blogger Meeting of some sort at one place where we can all reach easily. What say?

    OMG there is no internet connection at VIT?! WTF have they made such a huge campus for then? That sucks man. But anyway, I can sit in those 2 or 3 wifi cafe’s all day long. Moreover, it was written in the brochure that the hostels are wifi and that you can get phone and internet inside the rooms as well. Moreover, itna sir khapaane ka kya fayda, I know I’m never gonna get there. Ek to I don’t think I can manage a 60% in PCM and even if I do that, I don’t think I’ll get a reasonable rank in their entrance test called VITEEE and pronounced “Witty” for some reason. I guess they thought it was witty, I think otherwise. Sleepy places are okay for me otherwise, I guess I’ll be able to adjust in there better cause I’m totally lazy and sleepy myself.

  13. @Ish : Bloggers meeting. Hmmm..now that will be something. Lets wait for Ruhi to come, then we will make a plan. And “Witty”? 😆 Now that’s something. They might have installed internet connection now…but till last year it was not there. And, don’t think like “I am never gonna get there”. Just do your best and don’t think about anything else. I somehow don’t want to imagine you to be so pessimistic. 🙂

  14. hi amit ..
    Of all the blogs that i have read .. this is the one that i find most difficult to comment or rather say anyhting about it .. and i guess yo know the reason better than me … 😉 Well for all those who dont know the reason ….i am not into novels… and the only novel i have read is Da Vinci Code… half of the novels here i have never even haerd of .. so please dont expect me to comment abt them … the only thing a guess i remember abt ‘the Fountainhead’ by anyrand is that i was with you when you bought it. hehe 😉

  15. @Ish, Yes Ive heard of VIT, but don’t know any batch mate who’s a product of that college. It’s a reputed college for engineering…I know that much. 🙂

    And don’t worry about the internet connection; you can use your cell phone for connecting to the internet, right? Take some data plan. Or take some internet service in your room. You can do a computers degree without internet!

    @Amit

    Yes, I’ve seen The Pianist and I love that movie 🙂 The novel’s great too. Why did you feel sick? Your rating suggests that you liked the movie!

    Re: Meeting

    Okay here’s the deal: This year, I’m most probably not coming to India at all 😦 I might come in December, but that too, I’m not sure. So, if we do have a bloggers meet, it won’t be before next year. Btw, Amit, where are you located in India? (If you don’t mind revealing). I’m sure I’ll be going to Bombay/Pune/Delhi on my next trip. And I stay in Calcutta. Don’t know about the other cities though.

    And Ish, I hope you get into a college in Delhi 😀 Nothing like it. Then toh I’ll ask you to come to the airport to meet me 😉

  16. @Ruhi: About VIT, yeah, it is reputed ’cause it’s a private college and they seem to have huge amounts of money. Most of the things in there are even better than the IIT’s. If I can manage to get my ass into it, I’ll be happy.

    Neat idea about the internet that, I can have internet on my phone and can then connect it with the computer. Will be expensive and slow but it will be there at least, that’s what is important. But you don’t need the internet to do computer engineering. Hell, in some colleges, you don’t even need a computer to do computer engineering. 😛

    Here’s my chances, I guess I should be able to come to Delhi wherever I am if we plan the thing according to the holidays. I can even make it to Pune ’cause my cousin brother lives in there. Rest of the places, dunno. Will depend on how things are going next year really.

  17. Hey Amit, As I am very much interested in Fiction and Action, I choose that kind of novels only to read. I read only one book of ur list and unfortunately, I havent completed Sphere as I am not at all finding time. If u know any links to download books, tell me man.

  18. @Amit: I missed your comment earlier. And sorry to break it to you man, but I do tend to be rather pessimistic in testing situations. Don’t worry though, I’m working on trying to see the glass of beer half full. 😉

  19. Brilliant list – Must say!

    Been wanting to read a lot of books on this list…

    Catcher in the Rye … and.. Life of Pi!

    Will “catch up”… Thanks for the wonderful list! 🙂

  20. @Rajneesh : Ofcourse I know that. 🙂 And thanks to our group I had loads of novels for my birthday gifts. How can I ever forget that. *Sigh*

    @Ruhi : I am in Chennai right now. But desperately trying to get back to Delhi. My parents are going to kill me if I don’t. Why?? Read my earlier post – The demon of marriage. 😆
    I loved the pianist. But somehow the grim reality made me sick. This actually happened with somebody. What makes me sick is the way we were. The way we did such unimaginable things to each other…
    How is “Bad Education”?

    @Bharat : Ya I know about Sphere. I gave it to you on your birthday, and you still haven’t read that. 😦 I am very afraid that the way you are working, you will be ending up in some nice Columbian hospital.

    @Anand : Ok…then tell me which are your favourite books. 🙂 And which are those two and a half books BTW?

    @Ish : Good. Thats the best way to come out of trying times. 🙂 And don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. You are not alone. 🙂

  21. @Ish Great great! 🙂 I’m sure we’ll figure something out. Abhi bahut time baaki hai. 😉 First you get admitted in some college and then we’ll see.

    @Amit

    Demon of Marriage? 😮 Need to take a look then. I thought that you’re from Delhi! Not a bad guess 🙂 The Pianist…yes…deals with grim reality. The thing is, I like watching realistic cinema and most of these movies turn out to be depressing because they deal with life, which is not really a bed of roses anyway! I think I’ve stopped appreciating feel good movies because they look at everything with rose tinted glasses. And I really liked Bad Education. In fact, I just got done writing a short review on it. Check it out.

  22. @Amyth : Thank you sir. I am glad that you liked the list. 🙂
    @Ruhi : You are right. I feel really bad watching such movies. Thats why its important to see feel good cimena at times. Lose yourself in the mirage. 🙂

  23. hey amit………even before I read this article………..let me tell you something.while reading your last article I felt that as I enjoying reading so much..I should start reading a book…n then I thought you are the best person to tell me which book to pick………..n today I see a blog listing no. of books worth a read….now that was “make a wish and watch it come true”

  24. @amit
    I’ve read The FountainHead and The Da Vinci Code and a few stories from The interpreter of maladies. As far as my favorite books are concerned, I’ve eclectic taste in reading. I love reading almost anything, so cannot narrow down on a few as favorites. Probably I need to do a post like this where I can list all the books I like.

    And I think second serving of eateries for bookworms is coming from you. Right?

  25. @Abha : So I am like your “Fairy Godmother” now. 😆 Make a wish my child, make a wish. Now you don’t need to go anywhere else. Read these books first. 🙂
    @Ruhi : Ya, that’s why I am searching for Geet. 😉
    @Anand : Ya, such a post will be good. I can never read Non-fiction and self help books. 😐 I fall asleep after the first two pages. I am trying to develope some taste for them. Second serving will come surely but not too soon. 🙂

  26. Righto, interesting list there. Catcher in the Rye happens to be my favourite book. And I read Midnight’s Children at the age of 14. I didn’t understand much of it then, I was just disturbed beyond words. I appreciate it much better now. I remember borrowing the Interpreter of Maladies from the school library for my mother when I was 12. My old school had an awesome library. I was flipping through the book and my eyes fell upon a story titled Sexy and perverted 12 year old that I was, I started reading that expecting something dirty. That didn’t happen but I did enjoy the story.

    As for the Redemption of Althalus… well I’ve read all of Eddings’ books and Redemption of Althalus is not one of his better books. His best work is the Belgariad series and the Elenium series. Once you read the other books you will realize the massive similarities between all of his books.

    I enjoyed Redemption of Althalus but not as much as you seemed to have. I’d suggest reading the rest of his books and then if you like heroic military fantasy read David Gemmell. He is the undisputed master of that genre. I would also recommend A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. Arguably the best fantasy series ever written.

    The Da Vinci Code was too Hollywood blockbusteresque for my taste. David Copperfield bored me to tears. I haven’t read Uncle Tom’s Cabin yet. I want to read 1984, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Lord of the Flies and To Kill A Mockingbird before April.

  27. @Bharat

    I think you’ll like 1984 and To Kill a Mockingbird — I’ve read both. Interpreter of Maladies and Midnight’s Children happen to be some of my favorites. I haven’t read Lord of the Flies and Dorian Gray either; want to read both of them sometime this year. And yes, I agree, Da Vinci Code was quite Hollywood-ish. Not the best of literature, but it definitely takes you on a nice ride.

  28. @Ish : I thought you will help me in finding Geet as you might be knowing many Punjabi girls. 😉 Help me. Oh Please help me. 😆
    @Bharat : Even I want to read 1984. I have heard a lot about it. Lord of the Flies was good. By the time you reach the end of the book, you have completely forgotten that they are just a bunch of boys. And it just strikes you like a lightening bolt on the last page.
    And thanks for recommending the Fantasy series. I was searching for someone to recommend me some good fantasy books.
    About Redemption of Althalus, I know its “Right book wrong place”, but I have beautiful memories attached to it. So there. 🙂
    And yes, “Da Vinci Code” was one hell of a roller coster. 🙂
    @Ruhi : Yes, you should read “Lord of the Flies”. Its good. And I tried searching “The blind assassin”. No luck. 😐

  29. Dude, mere bharose rahe to ho gaya. Aaj tak apne liye to koi mili nahi. You try your luck yaar, nahi to Ruhi ko bolte hain apni ek friend bataye jiski ek choti behen bhi ho. 😛

  30. @Bharat : 😯 Are you a robot or what?? So fast. Zoom zoom zoom. Yup, To kill a mockingbird is great. When I read it, my friends have created such an hype that I didn’t liked it much. Got to read it again sometime. Let me know how 1984 is. ❓

  31. Damn.. I actually haven’t read 5 of those books. Thanks for the suggestions..

    P.S.: You are the only other person I know who has read Life of Pi. 😉

    – blogroller

  32. @Nikita : God…I am making so many lives better. 😉 And yes although “Life of Pi” is a very well known book, you won’t find many people who have actually read it. 🙂
    @Bharat : Yes, that’s what. So many things to do and such a small life. 🙂 “Life of Pi” is good. I too recommend it. 🙂

  33. @ Amit
    I v read some of d books in list
    Loved The memory keeper’s daughter. Its one of those books with make u want 2 read n nt read at the same tome..hope it makes some sense 🙂
    I read Wuthering Heights way bac even b4 i could get anything abt it …so it kinda went above my head but m dying to read it again. have u read Jane Eyre
    Didnt read Da Vinci till d end(ok jus d first 25-30 pgs) but hav seen d movie n loved it n m tryin to gather more info about Mary Magdelene (Saw Biographies on History Channel..they had an episode on her..was quite fascinating)
    David Copperfield.jus reminds me of all d abridged classics i v read (little women, Pride and prejudice,etc,etc)

  34. @Shruti : Yes, i understood what you are trying to say. 🙂 Yup, I have read Jane Eyre. It was good. And believe me “Da Vinci Code-the movie” is nowhere near the novel.
    I too have read a lot many classics, but David Copperfield is my absolute favourite. 🙂

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  36. love the whole list 🙂
    and Thorn birds has to be my fav 🙂
    The fountainhead too 🙂

    your entire list is amazing 🙂

    have read them all except the one on no2 🙂
    need to keep a lookout for it 🙂

    • Thanks Indyeah! 🙂
      Yeah, I know just one more person who has read No. 2. 🙂
      I too picked it up in the Daryaganj Sunday Bazaar when I couldn’t find anything else.
      It turned out to be quite a book. 🙂

  37. Again a list of books I didn’t read… 😦

    Wasted a lot of time… anyway better late than never… I am going to picking them up one by one… 🙂
    And fountainhead is a definite one 🙂

    • I hope these books won’t be very heavy for you. If you haven’t read any of these, it would be good if you start with Daniel Steel or something.

  38. Read 11 books out of 15

    Douglas Adams is on my bookshelf. Two of his books. Reading Blind Assassin currently, but going slow since reading 3-4 books together. A bad practice that I have taken up recently.

    Haha, you guys were planning blog meet for next year. 😀

    I find both Ayn Rand and Roy overrated, but am willing to reconsider since I read them at tender age and scoffed at the unnatural ideas and narrative. One of these day, I will revisit both and come back with what I think.

    • How can anyone read 3-4 books together is beyond me. 🙂
      Yes, we were. How times change. You never know where life will take you. 🙂
      I think you should give them another try. Even I read God of small things when I was quite young and did not like it. I was not in a mindset to understand it.

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  40. Hmmmm I have read only one book out of this list – The Interpreter of Maladies. Loved it, though it left me feeling morose for quite some time.

    Will come to this post when I need book recommendations. 🙂 Thank you!

    PS: Best eateries for bookworms?!! :O Is there a story behind the title?

  41. Have read all but four books in this list. Love Midnight’s Children and Catcher in the Rye. Not a fan of Ayn Rand though ! My absolute favourite is Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I am surprised to not see ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in your lists. It is the best book and my all time favourite one.

    • Hey, that is great.
      I have read ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ but somehow I always keep forgetting to add it. I will definitely add it in the next part of the series.

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