Borrowing an idea from Anush, putting the list out of books read in 2011.
Surprised to note that there were 32 of them, but considering the amount of time spent in buses and time available to read in the evenings, not too surprising. But then 32 is a reasonably large number, considering that I am a pretty slow reader. So here goes: (The ones linked, point to reviews on this blog)
1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig. Started in 2010 and finished in 2011.
Quite a thought influencer, keeps popping in at random moments.
2. The Man who knew Infinity – Robert Kanigel.
3. What are the butchers for: And other splendid cricket Quotations – Lawrence Booth. Interesting book, picked from British Library.
4. My Days: An Autobiography – R. K. Narayan. Good read, loved reading about Mysore those days and his childhood.
5. Naked Sun – Isaac Asimov. Went through a phase reading a lot of Asimov. Good stuff.
6. The Caves of Steel – Isaac Asimov.
7. Bangalore Calling – Brinda Narayan. Book on Bangalore, but was a tad disappointed. Not the Bangalore I know and no attempt made to cross over to the older side.
8. Twenty Stories – Satyajit Ray. Nice set of stories, some sci-fi, some ghost-thrillers.
9. A Flight of Pigeons – Ruskin Bond. Breezy read, like all Bond ones.
10. Foundation – Isaac Asimov.
11. Foundation and Empire – Isaac Asimov.
12. Second Foundation – Isaac Asimov. Got to the end of the trilogy. Might pick it up later and finish the rest of the later stuff he wrote as prequels and sequels.
13. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov. Series of short stories, and the book I loved most of the Asimov ones.
14. Rahul Dravid, a biography – Vedam Jaishankar. Gift from Anush. Decent one, but would love to see an Autobiography considering how well-read and insightful he is.
15. Chinaman – Shehan Karunatilaka. Beautiful one! Gift from Indhu.
16. Do Ants have arseholes? And 101 other bloody ridiculous questions – Jon Butler. Bloody brilliant book! Great for some time-pass.
17. The Immortals of Meluha – Amish Tripathi. Decided not to go for the next book in the series.
18. Carpe Jugulum – Terri Pratchett. Picked it up on a whim from the British Library considering that another cousin is a huge fan. Dark and humorous, should read more of Pratchett!
19.The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – Songyal Rinpoche. Good one to understand Buddhism at a higher level, but too many detailed steps on how to do things.
20. Dogbert’s top secret management handbook – Scott Adams. Brilliant stuff. Would’ve been funny, except that you realize such managers actually exist!
21. ಆವರಣ (Aavarana) – S.L. Bhyrappa. My first Kannada book ever!
22. Ponniyin Selvan: The First floods. First volume of Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki Krishnamurthy translated by C.V. Karthik Narayanan.
23. Ponniyin Selvan: The Cyclone. Second volume of Ponniyin Selvan.
24. Ponniyin Selvan: The Killer Sword. Third volume.
25. Ponniyin Selvan: The Crown. Fourth volume.
26. Ponniyin Selvan: The Pinnacle of Sacrifice (Part 1). Part 1 of the fifth volume.
27. Ponniyin Selvan: The Pinnacle of Sacrifice (Part 2). Part 2 of the fifth volume.
28. The Glass Palace – Amitav Ghosh. My first book of Amitav Ghosh, got me hooked on for more. Might remain my favourite book yet from him.
29. The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Deliriums and Discovery – Amitav Ghosh. Brilliant stuff again.
30. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens. Read it over many months. Beautiful and epic! Thanks Ashwin for the reco.
31. The Painter of Signs – R.K. Narayan. Finished the year off with another RKN classic.
32. The Dog catcher – Alexei Sayle. One of the British Library picks. Set of short stories that started off well but couldn’t finish this.
This year has seen 6 books so far, but the count will be more around the 20-25 mark. Most of the stuff on the list and shopped for is a tad heavy on the mind and pages. Plus I plan to do ಪರ್ವ this year which will take a few months at least if it happens!