Here are some books I really liked when I read them. I can't say what I'd think if I read them again now. —Namit


Non-fiction Books (alphabetical order by author's last name)

  1. Pallavi Aiyar — Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China
  2. Alberuni — Alberuni's India
  3. Benedict Anderson — Imagined Communities
  4. Perry Anderson — The Indian Ideology
  5. BR Ambedkar — Annihilation of Caste
  6. Hannah Arendt — Eichmann in Jerusalem
  7. Karen Armstrong — A History of God
  8. Marcus Aurelius — Meditations
  9. A. L. Basham (2) — The Wonder That Was India; A Cultural History of India
  10. Susan Bayly — Caste, Society and Politics in India
  11. Isaiah Berlin (2) — The Crooked Timber of Humanity; The Sense of Reality
  12. Francois Bernier — Bernier's Travels in the Mogul Empire
  13. William Blattner — Heidegger's Being and Time
  14. Daniel J. Boorstin — The Discoverers
  15. Edwin Bryant — The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture
  16. Jacob Burckhardt — The Greeks and Greek Civilization
  17. Urvashi Butalia — The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India
  18. Noam Chomsky — The Chomsky Reader
  19. Amy Chua — World on Fire
  20. Cicero — Selected Political Speeches
  21. JM Coetzee (2) — Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship; Stranger Shores: Literary Essays
  22. Simon Critchley — Continental Philosophy
  23. Norman Davies — Europe: A History
  24. Frans De Waal — Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
  25. Jared M. Diamond — Guns, Germs, and Steel
  26. Nicholas Dirks — Castes of Mind
  27. Hubert Dreyfus — What Computers Still Can't Do: A Critique of Artificial Reason
  28. Louis Dumont — Homo Hierarchicus
  29. Will Durant — The Story of Philosophy
  30. Modris Eksteins — Walking Since Daybreak
  31. Ainslee T Embree — The Hindu Tradition
  32. Majid Fakhry — A History of Islamic Philosophy
  33. M.I. Finley (3) — The World of Odysseus; Greek Historians; The Ancient Greeks
  34. Michel Foucault — The Foucault Reader
  35. Raimond Gaita — A Common Humanity
  36. JK Galbraith — Economics in Perspective
  37. Mahatma Gandhi — The Story of My Experiments with Truth
  38. John Gardner — The Art of Fiction
  39. Atul Gawande — Being Mortal
  40. Yuval Noah Harari — Sapiens
  41. Herodotus — The Histories
  42. E. J. Hobsbawm — Nations and Nationalism since 1780
  43. Albert Hourani — A History of the Arab Peoples
  44. Kancha Ilaiah — Why I Am Not a Hindu
  45. Christophe Jaffrelot—Religion, Caste and Politics in India
  46. Robert Jensen — Citizens of the Empire
  47. Kenneth W. Jones — The New Cambridge History of India: Socio-religious Reform Movements in British India
  48. Daniel Kahneman — Thinking Fast and Slow
  49. Sudhir and Katrina Kakar — The Indians
  50. John Keay — India: A History
  51. George C. Kerner — Three Philosophical Moralists: Mill, Kant, and Sartre
  52. Bernard Knox — The Norton Book of Classical Literature
  53. David S Landes — The Wealth and Poverty of Nations
  54. TZ Lavine — From Socrates to Sartre
  55. Mahmood Mamdani — Good Muslim, Bad Muslim
  56. Rollo May — Man's Search for Himself
  57. David Midgley, Editor — The Essential Mary Midgley
  58. Czeslaw Milosz — The Captive Mind
  59. Pankaj Mishra — An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World
  60. DR Nagaraj — The Flaming Feet and Other Essays
  61. VS Naipaul (3) — India: A Million Mutinies Now; An Area of Darkness; A Wounded Civilization
  62. Ashis Nandy (2) — Return from Exile; The Intimate Enemy
  63. Friedrich Nietzsche (3) — Thus Spoke Zarathustra; Genealogy of Morals; Ecce Homo
  64. Gail Omvedt — Seeking Begumpura; Ambedkar: Towards an Enlightened India
  65. Jose Ortega y Gasset — The Revolt of the Masses
  66. Pandey, Gyanendra and Jan Breman — Remembering Partition
  67. Plato — Theaetetus
  68. Plutarch — Greek Lives
  69. Marco Polo — The Travels
  70. H. W. F. Saggs — Civilization Before Greece and Rome
  71. Edward W. Said — Orientalism
  72. Michael Sandel — Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
  73. Arthur Schopenhauer — The World As Will and Idea
  74. Amartya Sen — The Argumentative Indian
  75. Nanda Serena — Neither Man Nor Woman: The Hijras of India
  76. Jonathan Spence — The Search for Modern China
  77. Talbot, Ian and Singh, Gurharpal — The Partition of India
  78. Samant Subramanian — This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War
  79. Anand Temtumbde—The Persistence of Caste
  80. Colin Thubron — The Lost Heart of Asia
  81. Thucydides — The History of the Peloponnesian War
  82. Mark Tully — No Full Stops in India
  83. Omprakash Valmiki — Joothan: A Dalit's Life
  84. Jan Westerhoff — Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction
  85. Howard Zinn — A People's History of the United States

Fiction Books (alphabetical order by author's last name)

  1. Chinua Achebe — The African Trilogy
  2. Usha Alexander — Only the Eyes are Mine
  3. Saul Bellow — Herzog
  4. Albert Camus (3)— The Stranger; The Plague; A Happy Death
  5. Upamanyu Chatterjee (2)— English, August; Mammaries of the Welfare State
  6. J. M. Coetzee (4)— Disgrace; Waiting for the Barbarians; The Age of Iron; The Lives of Animals
  7. Machado de Assis — Epitaph of a Small Winner
  8. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (2)— Crime and Punishment; Notes from the Underground
  9. Ralph Ellison — Invisible Man
  10. Damon Galgut — The Good Doctor
  11. Nadine Gordimer (2)— None to Accompany Me; The Pickup
  12. Guntur Grass — The Tin Drum
  13. Knut Hamsun — Hunger
  14. Githa Hariharan — In Times of Siege
  15. Hermann Hesse — Narcissus and Goldmund
  16. Michel Houellebecq — The Elementary Particles
  17. Homer — The Iliad
  18. Zora Neale Hearston — Their Eyes Were Watching God
  19. Kazuo Ishiguro — The Remains of the Day
  20. Franz Kafka — The Castle
  21. Imre Kertesz — Fateless
  22. Arthur Koestler — Darkness at Noon
  23. Giuseppe di Lampedusa — The Leopard
  24. Mario Vargas Llosa — Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
  25. Thomas Mann — Death in Venice and other stories
  26. Gabriel Garcia Marquez (2)— Love in the Time of Cholera; Chronicle of a Death Foretold
  27. Vladimir Nabokov — Lolita
  28. Salman Rushdie — Haroun and the Sea of Stories
  29. Jose Saramago — The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
  30. Virgil — The Aeneid

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