I am a compulsive consumer of information. Lack of focus comes as a undesirable side effect with this habit. Online reading turns into jumping from one webpage to another looking for the next fix. Thus, I decided to simplify my reading habits and choose mindful online reading.

Replacing a lot of online reading with real books was another conscious decision. I choose my books carefully after much deliberation and I would like to share that list with you. They've all inspired me in their own unique ways. I hope you get around to reading some of these.

IN 2019

  1. The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring - David Michie

  2. The Dalai Lama’s Cat: A Novel - David Michie

  3. The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie

  4. Alone on the Wall: Alex Honnold and the Ultimate Limits of Adventure - Alex Honnold, David Roberts

  5. The Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie

  6. Tiger Woods - Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian

  7. Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

  8. Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut

IN 2018

  1. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos - Jordan B. Peterson

  2. The Girl in Room 105 - Chetan Bhagat

  3. The Shooting Star: A Girl, Her Backpack and The World - Shivya Nath

  4. The Great Indian Diet - Shilpa Shetty Kundra & Luke Coutinho

  5. Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra - Ruskin Bond

  6. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing - Daniel Pink

  7. How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story - Billy Gallagher

  8. How to Win: Lessons from the Premier League - The Secret Footballer

  9. Exit West: A Novel - Mohsin Hamid

  10. Women - Charles Bukowski

  11. Post Office - Charles Bukowski

  12. Peter Camenzind: A Novel - Hermann Hesse

  13. Wilderness Tips - Margaret Atwood

  14. M Train - Patti Smith

  15. Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig

  16. Born to Run: The hidden tribe, the ultra-runners, and the greatest race the world has never seen - Christopher McDougall

  17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson

  18. The Journey to the East - Hermann Hesse

  19. Walk Through Walls: A Memoir - Marina Abramovic

  20. The Complete MAUS - Art Spiegelman

IN 2017

  1. Origin - Dan Brown

  2. Shoe Dog - Phil Knight

  3. Ego is The Enemy - Ryan Holiday

  4. A Clash of King (A Song of Ice and Fire) - George R.R. Martin

  5. A Game of Throne (A Song of Ice and Fire) - George R.R. Martin

  6. The Forty Rules of Love - Elif Shafak

  7. Men Without Women - Haruki Murakami

  8. The Art of Living : The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness - Epictetus

  9. Musafir Cafe - Divya Prakash Dubey

  10. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

  11. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

  12. Murder on The Orient Express - Agatha Christie

  13. Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely

  14. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

  15. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

  16. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

  17. Last Man in Tower - Aravind Adiga

  18. The Song Machine : How to Make a Hit - John Seabrook

  19. A Farewell To Arms - Ernest Hemingway

  20. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child - J. K. Rowlin, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

  21. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - Cal Newport

  22. As a Man Thinketh - James Allen

IN 2016

  1. When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi

  2. Malice - Keigo Higashino

  3. Salvation Of A Saint - Keigo Higashino

  4. The Devotion Of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino

  5. One Indian Girl - Chetan Bhagat

  6. The Book of Tea - Kakuzo Okakura

  7. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams

  8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

  9. The Call Of The Wild - Jack London

  10. Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

  11. The Girl With All The Gifts - M. R. Carey

  12. The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri

  13. Catch - 22 - Joseph Heller

  14. The Silent Cry - Kenzaburo Oe

  15. Einstein: His Life and Universe - Walter Isaacson

  16. The Professor, The Banker, and The Suicide King - Michael Craig

  17. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

  18. The Revenant - Michael Punke

  19. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - Dan Harris

  20. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

  21. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand


IN 2015

  1. Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer

  2. A Personal Matter (Audiobook) - Kenzaburo Oe

  3. The Martian (Audiobook) - Andy Weir

  4. Elon Musk : How The Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping Our Future - Ashlee Vance

  5. Antifragile : Things that Gain from Disorder - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  6. The Elements of Style - William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White

  7. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami

  8. Playing to Win - David Sarlin

  9. Boats on Land - A Collection of Short Stories - Janice Pariat

  10. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia - Mohsin Hamid

  11. On Writing - Stephen King

  12. Jaya - An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata - Devdutt Patnaik

  13. How to Live On 24-Hours a Day - Arnold Bennett

  14. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

  15. Hatching Twitter - Nick Bilton

  16. Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator - Ryan Holiday

  17. The Art of Asking: How I learned to stop worrying and let people help - Amanda Palmer

  18. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami

  19. Men Without Women - Ernest Hemingway

  20. Shatranj Ke Khiladi (Hindi Edition) - Munshi Premchand

  21. Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray and What it Means for Modern Relationships - Christopher Ryan






  1. On the Shortness of Life - Seneca

  2. Show Your Work - Austin Kleon

  3. One Year Lived - Adam Shepard

  4. Daily Rituals: Find Inspiration, and Get to Work - Mason Currey

  5. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

  6. The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway

  7. The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac

  8. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky

  9. The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

  10. The Trial - Franz Kafka

  11. My Autobiography - Alex Ferguson

  12. The Geography of Bliss - Eric Weiner

  13. The One Skill - Leo Babauta

  14. War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning - Chris Hedges

  15. Amsterdam - Ian McEwan

  16. Everything That Remains - Joshua Fields Millburn

  17. Running: The Autobiography - Ronnie O'Sullivan

  18. God Explained in a Taxi Ride - Paul Arden

  19. The Fall - Albert Camus

  20. The Outsider - Albert Camus


Much Earlier

  1. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

  2. Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil

  3. The $100 Startup - Chris Guillebeau

  4. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John le Carré

  5. After Dark - Haruki Murakami (I read most of the Murakamis back to back)

  6. Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami

  7. A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami

  8. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami

  9. Kafka on The Shore - Haruki Murakami

  10. Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami

  11. Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson

  12. Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse

  13. ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever - Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

  14. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

  15. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway


Notes on some of the books I have read

  1. Best Books I Read in 2014

  2. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac | Book Review

  3. Illusions by Richard Bach | Haiku

  4. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse | Book Review

  5. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami | Haiku

  6. Best Books I Read This Year (2013)

  7. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami | Haiku

  8. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami | Haiku


Blogs I follow

  1. Zen Habits - I have now lost count of the number of times this blog has made my day. If there was just one blog I would recommend to you, this would be it.

  2. The Minimalists - These guys really drilled in me the concept of simple and minimal living even though I had always known about it. Their book 'Everything that remains' is also a book that I would recommend to you.

  3. Aeon Magazine - In this fast paced world of fast food articles, Aeon is slow journalism. They publish just one single, in depth, well researched article from the subject matter experts a day. Covering various genres, it is one of the best places to get an introduction on some new subject.

  4. Mark Manson - Mark is a digital entrepreneur who has travelled the world and shares his experience in well written, insightful articles. No fluff, pure gold.