Current Bookshelf

Hardly a day goes by when I don't read at least a few pages from a book. 

... apart from what "I have to" read for work and sometimes for teaching (finance, quant books, and research papers), here is the list of books that I read in the last few months... (after July 2010, doesn't include books that are yet to be marked as read or the few that I forgot to note down). The top one is either in my bag or my hands these days. 

✮ Indicates that while reading the book, I had to stop once in a while to wonder - "Wow !"(of course, that only shows my taste and doesn't necessarily mean it is a better book than others)

227: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World: Peter Wohlleben

226. Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive: Philipp Dettmer

225. I Contain Multitudes: Ed Yong

224. Upanishads: Eknath Easwaran

224. The Bhagavad Gita: Eknath Easwaran

223. Essence of the Dhammapada: Eknath Easwaran

222.Entangled Life: How fungi make our worlds, change our minds and shape our futures: Merlin Sheldrake

221. An Immense World: Ed Yong

220. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art: James Nestor

219. The Body: A Guide for Occupants: Bill Bryson

218.The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human: Siddhartha_Mukherjee

217. Principles: Life and Work: Ray Dalio

216. Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda: Volume 3

215. How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking: Jordan Ellenberg  

214. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Robert M. Pirsig

213. Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions: Brian ChristianTom Griffiths 

212. How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy: Julian Baggini

211. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

210. The Laws of Human Nature: Robert Greene 

209. Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda: Volume 2

208. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race: Walter Isaacson

207. कच्छ का पद यात्री: बालकवि बैरागी

206. युगांत: इरावती कर्वे

205. सौंदर्य की नदी नर्मदा: अमृतलाल वेगड़

204. The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness: Morgan Housel

203. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress: Steven Pinker

202. न भूतो न भविष्यति: नरेन्द्र कोहली

201. Coolie Woman: Gaiutra Bahadur

200. चीड़ों पर चाँदनी: निर्मल वर्मा 

199. अरे यावर, रहेगा याद: अज्ञेय 

198. आखिरी चट्टान तक: मोहन राकेश

197. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst: Robert M. Sapolsky

196. A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, how I Beat the Dealer and the Market: Edward O. Thorp

195. The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It: Scott Patterson

194. My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance: Emanuel Derman  

193. How I Became a Quant: Insights from 25 of Wall Street's Elite 

192. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer: Siddhartha_Mukherjee

191. Being Mortal: Atul Gawande 

190. The Gene: An Intimate History: Siddhartha_Mukherjee

189. When breath becomes air: Paul Kalanithi

188. An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives: Matt Richtel

187. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century: Yuval Noah Harari

186. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow: Yuval Noah Harari

185. Why Nations fail: Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson

184. Genome: The Autobiography Of A Species In 23 Chapters: Matt Ridley

183. घुमक्कड़ शास्त्र: राहुल सांकृत्यायन 

182. बिस्रामपुर का संत:  श्रीलाल शुक्ल 

181. Essays in Love: Alain De Botton 

180. The Art of Travel: Alain De Botton 

179. The Consolations of Philosophy: Alain De Botton 

178. Algebra of happiness: Scott Galloway

177. Educated: A Memoir: Tara Westover

176. The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History: Gregory Zuckerman

175: योगवासिष्ठ 

174.The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution: Gregory Zuckerman

173. Flash Boys: Michael Lewis

172: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds: Charles Mackay

171. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life: Walter Isaacson 

170. Tibetan book of the dead

169. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother: Amy Chua

168. Leonardo Da Vinci: Walter Isaacson 

167. Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East: Michael Oren

166. Red Notice A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice: Bill Browder 

165. ग़ालिब छुटी शराब: रवीन्द्र कालिया 

164. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution: Walter Isaacson 

163.The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds: Michael Lewis

162. Einstein: His Life and Universe: Walter Isaacson 

161. Pale Blue Dot: Carl Sagan

160. Checklist Manifesto: Atul Gawande 

159. Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World : Bradley Hope, Tom Wright

158. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail: Bill Bryson

157. The Tipping Point: Malcolm Gladwell

156. Steve Jobs: Walter Isaacson

155. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics: Daniel James Brown

154. Born a crime: Trevor Noah

153: Love Her Wild: Poems: Atticus

152. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley StartupJohn Carreyrou 

151. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing: Marie Kondō

150. Shoe Dog: Phil Knight 

149. Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness: Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler

148. धुँध से उठती धुन: निर्मल वर्मा 

147. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think: Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans Rosling, and Ola Rosling

146. Why buddhism is true: Robert Wright

145. Against the gods: the remarkable story of risk : Peter L. Bernstein

144. I wrote this for you

143. A Short History of Nearly Everything: Bill Bryson

142. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies: Jared Diamond

141. Man's Search for Meaning: Viktor Frankl

140. Shantaram: David Gregory Roberts

139. The Art of War: Sun Tzu

138. The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology Robert Wright

137. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom: Jonathan Haidt

136. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion: Jonathan Haidt

135. The Crisis of Crowding: Quant Copycats, Ugly Models, and the New Crash Normal: Ludwig Chincarini

134. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F#ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life: Mark Manson

133. Unfu#k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life: Gary John Bishop  

132. A little history of the world: Ernst Gombrich

131. Sapiens: Yuval Noah Harari

130.Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda: Volume 1

129. The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

128. तमन्ना तुम अब कहां हो: नीधीश त्यागी

127. धम्मपद

126. Rise and Kill First: Ronen Bergman

125. The Buddhism Primer : An Introduction to Buddhism

124. Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction

123. The Central Philosophy of Jainism (anekāntavāda):  Bimal Krishna Matilal

122. Studies in Jainism: Swami Lokeswarananda

121. The Qur'an: M A S Abdel Haleem 

120. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: Benjamin Franklin

119. Sometimes Brilliant : Larry Brilliant

118. Elegant Universe: Brian Greene

117. The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank

116. मैंने मांडू नहीं देखा: स्वदेश दीपक

115. वे दिन: निर्मल वर्मा 

114. मनुस्मृति

113. Be here now: Ram Dass

112. God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita: Paramhansa Yogananda

111. The Elephant Vanishes: Haruki Murakami

110. Complete works: Kahlil Gibran

109. विदुर नीति  

108. चाणक्य नीति 

107. नाच्यौ बहुत गोपाल: अमृतलाल नागर 

106. Love in the time of Cholera: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

105. One Hundred Years of Solitude: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

104. अंतिम अरण्य: निर्मल वर्मा 

103. मित्रो मरजानी - कृष्णा सोबती 

102. कैवल्य दर्शनं - The holy Science - युक्तेश्वर गिरी 

101. A lover's Discourse: Roland Barthes

100. Buddha's Brain: Rick Hanson

99. How Now

98. Unposted Letter: Mahatria Ra

97. बाणभट्ट की आत्मकथा: आचार्य हजारी प्रसाद द्विवेदी

96. दीवार में एक खिड़की रहती थी: विनोद कुमार शुक्ल

95. तमस: भीष्म साहनी

94. The Power of Now:Eckhart Tolle

93. A Calendar of Wisdom : Leo Tolstoy

92. Jaya: Devdutt Pattanaik

91. Cosmos: Carl Sagan

90. सुहाग के नूपुर: अमृतलाल नागर

89. पाल ले एक रोक नादांगौतम रजरिशी 

88.मेघदूतम: महाकवि कालिदास

87. Secrets of Veda: Aurobindo

86. All about Hinduism: Swami Sivananda

85. Hindu Dharma - The universal way of life: Chandrasekharendra Saraswati

84. तीन रोज़ इश्क़ - पुजा उपाध्याय 

83. ऋतुसंहार : महाकवि कालिदास

82. उर्वशी:रामधारी सिंह 'दिनकर'

81. Brave new world: Aldous Huxley

80. The Communist Manifesto

79. Siddhartha: Herman Hesse

78. वोल्गा से गंगा : राहुल सांकृत्यायन 

77. कव्वे और काला पानी: निर्मल वर्मा

76. विज्ञान भैरव तन्त्र

75. Autobiography of a Yogi: Paramhansa Yogananda

74. Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions: Gerd Gigerenzer

73. Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered: E F Schumacher 

72. एक चिथड़ा सुख: निर्मल वर्मा 

71. वयं रक्षामः: आचार्य चतुरसेन

70. नदी के द्वीप: अज्ञेय 

69. Think like a Freak: Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

68. The Lemon Tree: Sandy Tolan

67. Mythology - Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes: Edith Hamilton

66. कितनी नावों में कितनी बार:अज्ञेय 

65. अपने अपने अजनबी: अज्ञेय 

64. मृत्युंजय: शिवाजी सावंत 

63. The Drunkard's Walk: Leonard Mlodinow

62. Hiroshima: John Hersey 

61. Predictably Irrational: Dan Ariely 

60. शेखर: एक जीवनीअज्ञेय 

59. रश्मिरथी:रामधारी सिंह 'दिनकर'

58. मछली मरी हुई: राजकमल चौधरी

57. 1984: George Orwell 

56. Tuesdays with Morrie: Mitch Albom

55. To Kill a Mocking bird: Harper Lee

54. गीतगोविन्दम् : जयदेव

53. कसप: मनोहर श्याम जोशी  

52. कुरु कुरु स्वाहा: मनोहर श्याम जोशी  

51. सुभाषित रत्न भाण्डागार

50. What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character: Richard Feynman 

49. The Death of Ivan Ilyich: Leo Tolstoy

48. KamaSutra 

47. A hunger Artist, The MetamorphosisFranz Kafka

46. The God Delusion: Richard Dawkins

45.मुझे चाँद चाहिए: सुरेन्द्र वर्मा 

44. संस्कृति के चार अध्याय: रामधारी सिंह 'दिनकर'

43.राग दरबारी: श्रीलाल शुक्ल 

42.Thinking, Fast and Slow: Daniel Kahneman

41. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! : Richard Feynman

40. The Great Gatsby: F. Scott Fitzgerald

39. रेखा: भगवतीचरण वर्मा

38. कुमारसंभव: महाकवि कालिदास

37. अंधा युग: धर्मवीर भारती

36. Mockingjay : Suzanne Collins

35. Catching fire : Suzanne Collins

34. The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins

33. Brida: Paulo Coelho

32. रघुवंशमहाकाव्यं : महाकवि कालिदास

31. अभिज्ञानशाकुन्तलम्: महाकवि कालिदास


29. A Brief History of Time: Stephen Hawking

28. Made in Japan: Akio Morita

27. Animal Farm: George Orwell

26. काशी  का अस्सी: काशीनाथ सिंह

25.कुरुक्षेत्र: रामधारी सिंह दिनकर

24. चंद्रगुप्त: जयशंकर प्रसाद

23. Becoming a Resonant Leader: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence, Renew Your Relationships, Sustain Your Effectiveness: Annie McKee, Richard E. Boyatzis, Fran Johnston

22. Time to Think, Listening to ignite the human mind: Nancy Kline

21. Meetings with Remarkable People: Osho

20. The black Swan: The impact of highly improbable: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

19. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

18. रसीदी टिकट: अमृता प्रीतम

17. प्रतिनिधि व्यंगहरिशंकर परसाई

16. वैष्णव की फिसलन: हरिशंकर परसाई

15. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael Lewis

14. The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai

13. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger

12. मैला आँचल, फणीश्वर नाथ 'रेणु'

11. ययाति, विष्णु सखाराम खांडेकर. (in English: Yayati: A classic tale of lust )

10. मानस का हंस, अमृतलाल नागर

9. Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions, Ben Mezrich

8. Market Wizards, Jack D. Schwager

7. We the Living, Ayn Rand

6. परती परिकथा, फणीश्वर नाथ 'रेणु'

5. बिल्लेसुर बकरिहा , सूर्यकांत त्रिपाठी 'निराला'

4. कोहबर की शर्त, केशव प्रसाद मिश्र

3. Slaughterhouse 5 (The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death), Kurt Vonnegut

2. SuperFreakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

1. The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan, Robert Kanigel

Abhishek Ojha