Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Year In Books -2012

This year (2012), I've read 47 books so far. Much of history has been read and appreciated, much of non-fiction too and some wonderful fiction as well. Next year is the year of the classics for me.

In January (6) I read 'Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You' by Marcus Chown first. Then, 'The Monk, the Moor and Moses Ben Jalloun' by well known film maker and now writer Saeed Akhthar Mirza, 'Iceboys in Bellbottoms' a debut novel by by Krishna Shastry Devulapalli, 'A Calendar too Crowded' a book of short stories by Sagarika Chakraborty, 'Creators' a non-fiction book on some of the world's greatest creators by Paul Johnson and 'Between Tears and Laughter' by Mulkraj Anand.

In February (4) I read 'After Dark' by Haruki Murakami, 'The Eighteenth Parallel' by Ashokamitran, 'The Last Nizam' by John Zubrycki and 'Freedom at Midnight' by Dominic Lapierre and Larry Collins.

In March (6) I read an old classic 'Kidnapped' by Robert Louis Stevenson, 'The Struggle and Betrayal of Telengana' by K. V. Ranga Reddy, 'The Mahabharatha' by Kamala Subramaniam, 'The Children's Mahabharatha' by Shanta Rameshwar Rao, 'Istanbul' by Orhan Pamuk and a hilarious 'God Save the Dork' by Sidin Vadukut.

April (4) brought 'Anatomy of an Illness' by Norman Cousins, 'Nampally Road' by Meena Alexander, a re-read of 'You Can Heal Your Life' by Louise Hay and a fine piece of historical fiction 'Empire of the Moghuls, Raiders From the North' by Alex Rutherford.

In May (4) I read 'The Power of your Subconscious Mind' by Dr. Joseph Murphy, 'Nine lives' by William Dalrymple, 'Write it down and make it happen' by Henriette Anne Klauser and 'How to write a damn good novel' by James N. Frey.

In June (7) there was Ram's 'The Happiness Hypothesis' by John Haidt and Rajesh's wonderful collection of books that included 'Alexander the Great, The Art of Strategy' by Partha Bose, 'A Whole New Mind' by Daniel H. Pink, 'Mindset, A New Psychology of Success' by Dr. Carol S. Dweck, 'Legs on Everest' by Mark Englis, 'RAFA My Story' by Rafael Nadal with John Carlin and 'Bob Woolmer's Art and Science of Cricket' by Bob Woolmer, Prof. Tim Noake and Dr. Helen Moffet.

July was the month I could not complete a single book.

In August (1) I managed to read Osho's 'Osho - Book of Man'.

In September (3) read 'Beyond the blues' and Out of the blue' by 'Aakash Chopra' and 'Ha ha therapy' by Dr. G. Lakshmipathy.

October (4) brought 'Man's Search for Meaning' by Viktor E. Frankl, 'Cut like wound' by Anita Nair, 'The Art of Captaincy' by Mike Brearley and 'The Mahabharatha' by Shiv K. Kumar.

In November (5) I read 'Just Married, Please Excuse' by Yashodhara Lal, 'The Hussaini Alam House' by Huma Kidwai, 'The Prince' by Nicollo Machiavelli, 'The Sky is crazy' by Yvonne Lee, 'Niccolo Machiavelli's Prince - 52 ideas Interpreted' by Tim Phillips and 'The Magic' by Rhonda Byrne.

December (3) brought to me 'The Secret of the Nagas' by Amish, and rereads of 'Without Feathers' by Woody Allen and 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell.

This is a longer list than last year's which is good. I would have liked to do a few more classics but I am pleased with the history and non-fiction book I read. I read three versions of the Mahabharatha and thoroughly enjoyed all of them, enjoyed reading historical writing - 'Freedom at Midnight', 'The Last Nizam', 'The Empire of the Moghuls', loved the non-fiction writing 'Mindset', 'RAFA My Story', 'Legs on Everest' 'The Happiness hypothesis', 'The Magic', 'You Can Heal Your Life' and 'Nine Lives'. In fiction I enjoyed Anita Nair's 'Cut Like Wound', Huma Kidwai's 'The Hussaini Alam House', Yashodhara Lal's 'Just Married, Please Excuse', 'Krishna Shastry's 'Ice Boys in Bell Bottoms', Sidin Vadukut's 'God Save the Dork'. 

Met with authors Saeed Mirza, Krishna Devulapally, Meena Alexander, Sagarika Chakraborty, Anita Nair, Shiv K. Kumar and Huma Kidwai this year.

Much thanks is owed to Raja , Ram, Vinod, Prarthana, Shobhs, Mythily, Harsha, Dr. Krishnan, Rajesh and Sagarika Chakraborty for lending and recommending their books to me. I have had the most wonderful time reading.

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