BookWag Meet on December 17: Book Recommendations by Attendees

December 18, 2011

The first meeting went very successfully with just about the right number of people – ten! Some of the pics have been posted here. Following are some of the recommendations by members who attended the meet:

Excuse the typos / grammatical mistakes as these have been reproduced as written by attendees in the BookWag scrapbook. We want to retain the original words here.

1. River Dog by Mark Shand, recommended by Ajay Jain: A humorous travelogue by the author in his attempt to navigate the banks of the Brahmaputra and go to its source-in the company of his dog.

2. Stories from Here and There by Sunil Handa, recommended by Vikal P Dubey: a collection on simple, meaningful stories from across the generation.

3. The Razor’s Edge by W.Somerset Maugham, recommended by Anshul Gaurav: the story is about a young man who walks “The Razor’s Edge” in life forsaking the pleasures of the earth.

4. Inspite of The Gods by Edward Luce, recommended by Neha: a non-fiction based on the relationship of ‘India-U.S- China. Talks about economic factors that followed the stock market to crash in 2000.

5. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, recommended by Abhijeet: a book (non-fiction) which has created waves all over the world since it was published, popularising the phrase ‘tipping point’ so much that it can be a part of everyday use. The book is about social phenomenon, things that go viral and how different factors contributing towards the tipping.

6. The Sacred Self by Dr. Wayne W Dyer, recommended by Nalini Varshney: I’m still reading it; what I like about it is that finally I was able to distinguish between the ego and your true self.

7. My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk, recommended by Nilesh Shrivastava: just finished reading this. A novel set in 16th Century Turkey. It is a murder Mystery but with Multiple narrators and in the rather closeted world of miniature artists. A revelation in terms of what a writer can do with a large cast of characters and attention to details.

8. Hicthhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, recommended by Piyush Ahuja: absurd, funny, profound, quirky. A must read for everyone!

9. Day Break Over Dharamshala by Janet Thomas, recommended by Dipika Mukhija: story of a woman’s journey from being a saviour of a satanic cult, to finding a refuge in Buddhism. Inspiring, touching, Love It.

10. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, recommended by Shubhra Krishan: the Quintessential tragic hero – flawed, alone and so human. Dare you to keep a dry eye when you read ‘Michael Henchard’s Will’…

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