Following is a list of book I’ve read in the last five years (or was it ten?):

They are not in the order I read. And they are not necessarily that I do or do not recommend. To see what I recommend log on the link http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/AGQSXL1SAL4VF/ref=cm_cr_pr_auth_rev?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview to read my reviews on amazon.com. Is there a debate as to what is the best way to improve your writing? Read or write? More and more authors tend to agree that voracious reading is a better way to become a good writer than prolific writing. It’s a pity the hobby of reading books is fast disappearing. I am lucky I take a train to work. That allows me to read half an hour each way.

There is no other enjoyment like to be in bed on a rainy afternoon with a good book (till you fall asleep).

1)      Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh

2)      Light of Lights – Lata Pimplaskar

3)      The Outsider – Albert Camus

4)      The Gospel of Shri Ramakrishna.

5)      Great Gatsby -  F. Scott Fitzgerald

6)      Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood

7)      A Fine Balance – Robinton Mistry

8)      Death of Vishnu – Manil Suri

9)      French Lieutenant’s Woman -  John Fowles

10)   Guru of Love -  Samrat Upadhyay

11)  Tales from Firozshah Baug – Robinton Mistry

12)  Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

13)  Family Matters – Robinton Mistry

14)  Maximum City – Suketu Mehta

15)  Word Magic – Cindy Rogers

16)  You Can Write A Mystery – Gillian Roberts

17)   A House For Mr. Biswas – V. S. Naipaul

18)   Stein On Writing – Sol Stein

19)   Self-editing For Fiction Writers – Browne and King

20)   Creating Unforgettable Characters – Seger

21)  Shop Girl – Steve Martin

22)   Fondling Your Muse – John Warner

23)   Writer’s Book of Days -  Judy Reeves

24)   Gotham Writer’s Workshop –

25)   Better – Atul Gawande

26)   Complications – Atul Gawande

27)  The Cripple and His Talisman – Anosh Irani

28)   Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai

29)   Life of Pi – Yann Martel

30)   Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

31)   Twilight Hour – Udaya Kabadi

32)   K. E. M. Ward No. 5 – A Marathi Lannguage Book

33)   The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

34)   Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

35)   Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

36)   Red Letters – Ved Mehta

37)   All For Love – Ved Mehta

38)  The Artful Edit – Susan Bell

39)  On Writing Well – William Zinsser

40)  The Elements of Style – Strunk & White

41)  Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri

42)  On Writing – Stephen King

43)  Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

44)  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

45)  The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai

46)  Kadambari – A Marathi translation of Banbhatta’s 7th (?) century Sanskrit classic

47)  Atonement – Ian McEwan

48)  The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49)  Kraunch Vadh -  A Marathi Book by V. S. Khandekar

50)  Relentless – Dean Koontz

51)  Too Much Happiness – Alice Munro

52)  A Traitor to Memory – Elizabeth George

53)  Going After Cacciato – Tim O’Brien

54)  Writing Tools – 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer – by Roy Peter Clark

55)  Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (An Oprah Club Book)

56)  Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

57)  Hridayastha – A Marathi Language book based on my late friend Dr. Nitu Mandke’s life – By Dr. Alka Mandke

58)  Short Cuts – Raymond Carver

59)  Scarecrow – Michael Connolly

60)  Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

61)  Tracks – Louise Erdrich

62)  ‘Nalache Paani’ – V. A Buwa (Marathi)

63)  Just After Sunset – Stephen King

64)  Harvest – Tess Gerritsen

65)  Maddhya – Magala Godbole ( a Marathi book)

66)  The Cry of the Sloth – Sam Savage

67)  City of Bones – Michael Connolly

68)  The Husband – Dean Koontz

69)  Summer Guest – Justin Cronin

70)  Give Me Your Heart – Joyce Carol Oates

71)  We were the Mulvaneys – Joyce Carol Oates

72)  A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick

73)  Dirty Job – Christopher Moore

74)  The China Study – Colin Campbell

75)  Lagav Batti – Shirish Kanekar (Marathi book)

76)  How To Write a Damn Good Novel – James N Frey

77)  Cutting the Stone – Abraham Verghese (Left halfway)

78)  Roopagandha – Suresh Bhat (A Marathi poetry collection)

79)  Saptarang – Suresh Bhat (A Marathi poetry collection)

80)  The Best American Short Stories 2007 – Selected by Stephen King

81)  The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

82)  How to Write a Damn Good Novel 2 – James N Frey

83)  Ward No. 6 and other Stories – Dr. Anton Chekhov

84)  The Spiritual Crisis of Man – Dr. Paul Brunton

85)  Love – Toni Morrison

86)  Manobodh – Anant Damodar Athawale (A Marathi Language Book)

87)  Sole Survivor – Dean Koontz

88)  The Nectar of Devotion – Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

89)  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eastern Philosophy – Jay Stevenson

90)  The Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama

91)  How to Know God – Deepak Chopra

92)  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Philosophy – Jay Stevenson

93)  Drop City – T C Boyle

94)  Strength in what remains – Tracy Kidder

95)  Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri

96)  Selected Poems of Suresh Bhat (Marathi) – selection by Shirish Pai

97)  The Man with Pointy Teeth – M. Juanita Taylor

98)  Crossing to Safety – Wallace Stegner

99)  Towards the Silver Crests of the Himalayas – G. K. Pradhan

100)                      The Killing Floor – Lee Child

101)                      Hold Tight – Harlan Coben

102)                      The Writer’s Book of Days – Judy Greeves

103)                      Know Thyself – G K Pradhan

104)                      Breathing Life into Your Characters – Rachel Ballon

105)                      The Perfect Murder (The Inspector Ghote Series)  – H R F Keating

106)                      The Best of Roald Dahl – Roald Dahl

107)                      Die Trying – Lee Child

108)                      Full Dark, No Stars – Stephen King

109)                      Checklist – Atul Gawande

110)                      We’ll Meet Again – Mary Higgins Clark

111)                      The Good Guy – Dean Koontz

112)                      The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obrecht

113)                      Deliver Us from Evil – David Baldacci