#ReadingList June

This is my first commitment to my blog. I am going to make a monthly list of books you must read. This will have books I’ve just finished reading and I’m going to bully my friends and family into sending me the last memorable book they read. Yes, crowd yourself around those who read (my sister doesn’t, so no point crowding around her). Since Bombay is drowning in rain and sewage, I’m staying indoors and turning into a social recluse (just a little) and getting a truckload of reading done. I settle in with chocolates and cake and occasionally a ludicrously chocolatey hot chocolate. I mean you must get a sugar rush as you start reading something!

(I stuffed pop rocks into the muffins)
(I stuffed pop rocks into the muffins)

Here’s the #ReadingList I’ve compiled for July!

1. Abhijit Dutta; a travel writer

Octavio Paz, In Light of India: “this book has all the intellectual depth needed to get a meaningful understanding of the vastness that is India, but it has none of its weight. In page after page lit with his lyrical prose, Paz glides through centuries and millennia of ancient texts, teasing out insight, inviting reflection. It is not a history book but has more history in it than Guha’s India After Gandhi; it is not a travel book but creates a sense of place more authentic than a Michael Palin or a Colin Thubron; it is not a political book but it has the most frank and unsentimental analysis on the Hindu-Muslim rift in India and its implications. It is not a tome, it is not a pamphlet, it is not a novel, it is not “expat literature”. It is a rare book.

2. Shibani Nayak; a consumer researcher

Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale: “The Thirteenth Tale- is about a mysterious estate called the Angelfield House and it is an unbelievably gorgeous and yet, creepy and mysterious story. The book is plain magic. In its narrative, in its revelations, its usage of words- the story is just pure wonder. You cannot wait to get to the end of the book to find out what the deal is, but when the book is over (like all good books) there is a BIG sense of loss”.

3. Suvajeet Duttagupta; a photographer

Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: “The story ‘October in the Chair’ is my favorite from the book. October narrates a story about the bitter life of Runt, who is bullied by his brothers and pitied by his parents. He runs away, befriends the ghost of a boy”. 

4. Rohitesh Dutta; a start-up junkie

Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones, Coffee, Tea or Me by Donald BainTwo lusty flight attendants narrating their experiences from 1967! If you love the humor, you could go back for more. Donald Bain, the author, has three sequels – the Coffee Tea or Me Girls’ Round-the-World Diary (1969), The Coffee Tea or Me Girls Lay It on the Line (1972) and The Coffee Tea or Me Girls Get Away from It All (1974).

5. Samarpita Mukherjee; an avid reader and book lover friend from Twitter

2000 Years of Indian Women’s Writing edited by Annie Zaidi: “The book is divided into section – based on the era and the genre – covering both prose and verses. An extremely interesting read, what was delightful was that I kept going through the index and picking (and re-picking) the author/poet I’d want to read, and read to my heart’s content”. Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 10.47.12 pm 6. Varun Rana; a fashion features editor

John Man, Mongol EmpireGenghis Khan, his heirs and the founding of modern China and the book has pictures too!

7. Abhik Bhattacherji; blogger at seventhbreakfast.com

Paul Theroux, A dead hand: A crime in Calcutta: “A travel writer with writer’s block, a dead boy in a cheap hotel, philanthropy and a very dark and eerie narrative of obsession and need, set in Calcutta”.

Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warnings: “Bizarre, creepy, spooky and really unputdownable”.

8. Rahil Bose; my 5-year-old cousin

Enid Blyton, Mr. Meddles: If you have any children around you, quickly read them some Mr. Meddle. If you’ve forgotten about Mr. Meddle, please do yourself a favor and go re-read one right away!

9. Suchitra Guha; the perfect aunt

Amitav Ghosh, Flood of Fire: “the research and narrative are brilliant and after Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke, I eagerly began reading this”.

10. Rishabh Gupta; an entrepreneur

Peter Theil, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the FutureRishabh recommends this for all working or aspiring entrepreneurs because it has a unique perspective on what people assume to be the truth. Go read it if you want a contrarian point of view.

11. Shaoli Rudra: a murder-mystery lover

James Patterson, NYPD Red: “Pure vacation reading, can be read in two hours, by the pool, with a cocktail in hand”. 

Sugar Rush Anyone?
Sugar Rush Anyone?

What did you read last? What did you think about it? Do let me know by sending me an email on abhikabhik@gmail.com or on twitter @abhikbee oh! do let me know if you’ve read any from this list!

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5 thoughts on “#ReadingList June

  1. Awesome mate and am gonna hand pick a big bunch that will get added to my long lazy list. I’ve read a few books and the ones have I’ve managed to finish are the ones I mostly suggest. It’s more like ‘if the super impatient me can go through a book till the last page, it has to be super intetesting’.
    So here is the little list…

    The Maus by Art Spiegelman

    A horror story of the author’s father through the horrific Nazi days. A story of determination, love and pain beautifully sketched in the form of animal cartoons, each animal depecting a particular race. This book is brutal like all other Aushwitz stories but hurts you a little less because of the cartoon sketches. The way author has managed to add little interventions of his present life, his father’s life and how the horror era has completely changed their personality, is combined in a very subtle way and at no point would one feel out of place through this long journey. This has always been on my top recommendation.

    The Twentieth Wife:
    The story of the Mughal era where first time in the history, a nobody becomes the 20th wife of an emporer and goes on to become the most powerful woman of the era. Her charm so strong that she is said to have changed the course of Mughal Era in India. A story of romance, wars, Kingship with some really good insights on lives back then. It’s a story that continues to make you happy with each page passing by and I would recommend ‘The feast of roses’ which am currently reading, if the first part manages to get a grip on you.
    Too lazy to type anymore. Enjoy 🙂

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