Reading List For 2020

On this page you’ll find my reading list for the year 2020.

This list is aspirational, which means I might not be able to get through every book I’ve listed here. Most of these are also pretty heavy reads in terms of subject matter, so I’ll certainly be taking breaks from them to dip into some fun YA fiction and trashy thrillers.

The purpose of this list is twofold. First, I want to know more about the lives and times of people who led popular mass movements against injustice in the twentieth century. Second, I want to understand the ideology and methods of the followers of Hindutva, a dangerous ideology that is currently tearing India apart.

With that out of the way, here’s the list.

English

  1. Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha
  2. Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World by Ramachandra Guha
  3. Awakening Bharat Mata by Swapan Dasgupta
  4. Being Hindu by Hindol Sengupta
  5. The Hindu Way by Shashi Tharoor
  6. You Don’t Look Like a Muslim by Rakshanda Jalil
  7. Coming Out as Dalit by Yashica Dutt
  8. There’s Gunpowder in the Air by Manoranjan Bajpayee
  9. How to be a Dictator by Frank Dikotter
  10. Ambedkar: Towards an Enlightened India by Gail Omvedtt
  11. Jawaharlal Nehru: A Biography Vol. 1 by Gopal Sarvepalli
  12. Jawaharlal Nehru: A Biography Vol. 2 by Gopal Sarvepalli
  13. Jawaharlal Nehru: A Biography Vol. 3 by Gopal Sarvepalli
  14. America in the King Years 1954–63 by Taylor Branch
  15. America in the King Years 1963–65 by Taylor Branch
  16. America in the King Years 1965–68 by Taylor Branch

Hindi

  1. वे दिन by Nirmal Verma
  2. परिन्दे by Nirmal Verma
  3. पंद्रह कहानियाँ by Saadat Hassan Manto
  4. रेत-समाधी by Geetanjali Shree
  5. बारामासी by Gyaan Chaturvedi
  6. मैला आँचल by Phaneeshwarnath Renu
  7. गोदान by Premchand
  8. गबन by Premchand
  9. सेवासदन by Premchand
  10. कर्मभूमी by Premchand

Punjabi

  1. ਪਵਿੱਤਰ ਪਾਪੀ by Nanak Singh
  2. ਚਿੱਟਾ ਲਹੂ by Nanak Singh
  3. ਮਿੱਟੀ ਦੀ ਜ਼ਾਤ by Amrita Pritam
  4. ਪਿਂਜਰ by Amrita Pritam
  5. ਰਸੀਦੀ ਟਿਕਟ by Amrita Pritam

Stretch Goals

  1. The RSS: A View to the Inside by Walter K. Andersen & Shridhar D. Damle
  2. How the BJP Wins by Prashant Jha
  3. The Annihilation of Caste by B.R. Ambedkar
  4. Hindutva by V.D. Savarkar

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My Reading List for 2014

The hardest thing to do after finishing a book is deciding which one you want to read next. Things become harder still when you and your roommates collectively own hundreds of books, most of which have been on your to-read list for years. And if you own an e-reader with even more books on it — you see where I’m going with this, right?

This is why I have made a reading list for this year, and it looks something like this:

  • The Essence of Camphor by Naiyer Masud
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
  • River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
  • The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh
  • In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
  • Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami
  • Almost Transparent Blue Popular Hits of the Showa Era by Ryu Murakami
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
  • number9dream by David Mitchell
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Something Happened by Joseph Heller
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré
  • The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carré
  • Smiley’s People by John Le Carré

Update: Since I couldn’t find an electronic version of Ryu Murakami’s Almost Transparent Blue, and the physical version was too expensive in India, I decided to replace it with Popular Hits of the Showa Era.

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