Top 10 Books of 2016 – India

 

The best books to read are those that change you in your soul. It is incredible that a humble book can have such a profound effect on a person’s personality and perspective towards life. While the world is busy running around mindlessly, take a quiet moment to spend time with a book that speaks to you. Here is a compilation of the best books of 2016 that you can simply not miss out on –

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I&II

J.K. Rowling returns after the unreal success of the seven-part Harry Potter series that gripped the world and became a cult. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an extension of the Potter universe, starting 17 years from where the story was left off. It is intended to be presented on stage and is the first story of the series to do so. The show's script is made available for fans those who couldn't make it to to the plays.

Read it For:
The magical charm of the world of Harry Potter.
Don't Read it For:
The format of the book being written in the style of a play script.
What makes this book stand out?:
Voldemort was defeated but the fight against dark magic persists. The story takes an age leap.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Dr. Harari revisits the events of history from the perspective individual human experience while addressing ethical concerns based on his historical survey. Homo Deus, talks about the abilities evolved by humans throughout their course of existence to become the dominant species on the planet. Sample this – for the first time in the history of the earth, more people are dying from eating in excess than from eating too little and more people are committing suicide than being killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals together.

Read it For:
An insightful mapping of what the future looks like for the human species.
Don't Read it For:
The book may be a draft lesser in quality as compared to Harari's previous work Sapiens.
What makes this book stand out?:
Modern philosophical such as the human experience, consciousness and emotion, and individualism are addressed.

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi talks how his life changed from one-moment training to become a neurosurgeon to the next, discovering that he suffered from end-stage lung cancer. This introspective memoir battles with some of the most lingering questions of our existence – What is it that makes life worth living when you are facing death? How does one cope with seeing themselves die piece by piece knowing what is about to happen?

Read it For:
An unforgettable memoir that touches your soul.
Don't Read it For:
A roller-coaster of emotions in the face of death.
What makes this book stand out?:
Kalanithi raises questions you may be too scared to ask yourself.

StrengthsFinder 2.0

world renowned definer of quality standards, Gallup, has finally published in print their immensely successful online assessment to help people find their strengths. There are also strategies on how to apply your strengths in day-to-day life and look at oneself more positively.

Read it For:
A tried and tested technique to find out your strengths.
Don't Read it For:
Go beyond the strategies mentioned in the book to use your strengths
What makes this book stand out?:
Gallup is a reputed survey brand dishing out very precise self-analysis tools.
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The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad

a collection of four stories. A young girl has a never-heard-before idea to change the face of her village. A 68-year-old woman finds herself attracted to a married man, to his family's horror, Bablu suddenly becomes obsessed with sanitary napkins, and a meticulous young woman checks the weather forecast every hour as she plans her five weddings.

Read it For:
Khanna's unmatchable wit and humor
Don't Read it For:
An unusual satire on Indian rituals.
What makes this book stand out?:
These are stories of courage and feminism against all odds.

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Dale Carnegie has managed to author one of the most popular self-help books of the modern times. "How to Win Friends & Influence People" provides its readers a manual of how to use a person's egotistical inclinations to one's advantage. It makes a great read for those looking for a boost in their career or personal relationships.

Read it For:
Simplified, instructive insight into the world of networking.
Don't Read it For:
Assumptive social situations which may actually turn out very different in real life.
What makes this book stand out?:
The style of work appeals to the masses making it immensely popular on the charts.

An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India

Shashi Tharoor talks about the horrifying implications of the British rule and illuminates the Indian freedom struggle heroes. The book is a valuable lesson on the modus operandi of dark forces that masquerade as saviors even in modern times.

Read it For:
A different perspective on the cult of sycophancy so popular these days.
Don't Read it For:
Its compulsively evil portrayal of the British.
What makes this book stand out?:
The lessons learned from the British rule somehow still hold relevant. The book is a reminder of all that India is truly capable, and has forgotten.

Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover-Up

Gujarat Files is a daring account of journalist Rana Ayyub's 8-month long investigation into the infamous riots in Gujarat, allegations of fake encounters and the brutal murder of Haren Pandya, that brings up astonishing details behind the incidents.

Read it For:
The other side of the story that no one talks about loud enough
Don't Read it For:
Ayyub was surrounded with a lot of controversy and trolls after making some serious allegations against known political figures.
What makes this book stand out?:
Although the truth may be buried somewhere in red tape, the book is a daring, one of a kind attempt at investigative journalism.

Mossad

Mossad is based on a true account of the Israeli secret service. The book illustrates the kind of daring and adventurous missions that Mossad, popular as the best intelligence service all over the world, in the name of duty and passion.

Read it For:
An incredible insight into the operations of the world's best secret service.
Don't Read it For:
Incoherent shifting of scenes, readers may lose track of the plot.
What makes this book stand out?:
Thrilling adventures that will leave the readers asking for more.

The Spy

Mata Hari arrives in Paris penniless yet determined. In a short span of a few months, she becomes the most desirable woman in town. She delights her audience as a dancer, she entices the richest and most powerful men as a courtesan. War breaks out, paranoia is paramount. Authorities start raising questions about her lifestyle and she is eventually arrested and accused of espionage. The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and paid the ultimate price.

Read it For:
The determination of a woman to live life on her own terms.
Don't Read it For:
Happy endings. The narrative is painfully heartbreaking.
What makes this book stand out?:
This story of a woman who defied all convention and had to pay its final price.

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