Are you crazy about reading books. Here is top 10 Top 10 Bestseller Books In India for the year 2012:
Life of Pi :
Book Summary of Life of Pi
One boy, one boat, one tiger . . .
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan ? and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.
About The Author
Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. After studying philosophy at university, he worked at odd jobs and travelled before turning to writing. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, as well as the novel Self, the stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada What is Stephen Harper Reading?. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.
RATING : 4.4/5
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1) The Secret Of The Nagas :
All hell breaks loose when Shiva tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the Nagas and their link with the Chandravanshis. The Secret of the Nagas continues the tale of Shiva and the Suryavanshis right from where The Immortals of Meluha left it.
Summary of The Secret Of The Nagas
The Secret of the Nagas is filled with intrigue and surprises, much like the previous installment, The Immortals of Meluha. The story kicks off with Shiva trying to decipher the motives of the Nagas, a race of deformed assassins who have killed his friend Brahaspati and are targeting his wife Sati. His path of vengeance leads him right to the land of the serpent race, where he needs to find the man who’s the mastermind behind the elaborate attack planned on Meluha.
Shiva’s journey throws many surprises at him, as he learns about the secret lying dormant in Maika, a city in Meluha where the newly-born are raised, and as his trusted advisors leave his side, fueled by darker motives.
Will Shiva uncover the truth and vanquish the Chandravanshis and Nagas?
RATING : 4.5/5
2) The Fountainhead :
‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand represents the struggle of the human spirit to triumph in its fight against collectivism. Regarded as her breakthrough novel, the book that soon came to be regarded as a masterpiece was rejected by 12 publishers, before finally seeing the light of the day. Read the book to find out what made it such a huge success and why it has remained a top-of-the-mind literary effort even after all these years.
Summary of the Book
When Ayn Rand started to write The Fountainhead, she wanted to steer clear of making any overt political statement. But as she began to spell out the story of the proudly individualistic Howard Roark, an architect who struggles to survive in a world ruled by traditions, she realized that there was no escaping the political or philosophical undertones. In spite of that, The Fountainhead still continues to be seen as a novel that describes one man’s fight against the system.
The characters in the novel are memorable. The protagonist is Howard Roark, an architect who believes that only an individual’s vision can produce genuine art. He decries committees and councils as he feels that their interference could result in mediocrity being passed off as art. The upright Roark is often quoted as the embodiment of the ideal man. Another main character in the novel is Peter Keating, Roark’s rival who is motivated more by material considerations rather than creative ones. Ayn Rand’s heroine Dominique Francon is a strong woman who. during the course of the book, learns to live life on her own terms. She gives in to her passion and emerges stronger and more creative because of it.
The novel goes on to answer the final question – will Roark survive his war against the system, or will he be forced to come to terms with it?
RATING : 4.5/5
3) Life Is What You Make It :
Book Summary of Life Is What You Make It
‘Life is What You Make It’ is the story of Ankita Sharma, an ambitious and full of life youngster who has everything that anyone of her age would dream of. But, when life does a U-Turn on her, how does she cope up with it? Read this inspiring tale of the daunting human spirit.
Summary of the Book
How would you react if destiny shook the entire world around you and set you on a new path? What if it would put you in a place, which would change your entire course of life? The question is, would you run, fight or would you gladly accept life?
Sprawled across the early 80s, ‘Life is what you make It’ unravels all these questions through the protagonist, Ankita Sharma’s life.
Ankita is the most happening person in her college and she knows her way around. She is good looking, young, smart and has a number of boys who swoon over her. Life in college is a dream that every youngster sees and Ankita manages to gain admission to a reputed management school. All is well.
What follows next?
Six months down the lane, she is admitted to a mental health hospital as a patient. How did things take such a bad turn? Will she be able to lead a normal life?
Life Is What You Make It is a tale of the indomitable human spirit. It is a tale of how Ankita fights back at life, which has snatched her most precious years. This is a deeply inspiring and moving account of her life and the immense power that faith holds. It shows you how you can overcome challenges even if destiny pushes you back.
This book is a love story at its heart that kicks up questions about the perception of sanity and shows us that life is what you make out of it.
4)The Emperor Of All Maladies: A Biography Of Cancer:
5) Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology
Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology by Devdutt Pattanaik is a guide tailored for readers to understand the vast and often confusing array of Indian Mythological Lore.
Summary of the Book
Devdutt Pattanaik is a leading expert and writer on India’s ancient scriptures and traditions, and this book of his explores the intriguing and often paradoxical world of Indian Mythology.
Through the course of their descent down countless generations, mythological stories are often treated as works of fantasy, and in order to break this down and provide some clarity on what’s fact and what’s fiction, Pattanaik delves into the smaller details and explains them with succinct ease.
In the book, Pattanaik attempts to explain common Hindu symbols and traditions, and he also explores the meanings behind rituals that are followed by Hindus. The book includes interesting snippets about Indian culture, the potential of the human soul to reach perfection, and the concepts of life and death.
Why do Hindus believe in one Supreme God, but have 330 million Gods overall?
Is there a place beyond hell that Hinduism talks about?
Why were the righteous Pandavas banished to hell, while the Kauravas were sent to heaven?
The book includes illustrations sketched by the author as these give him the freedom to explain the finer aspects of Hinduism easily.
RATING : 3.5/5
6) Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
‘Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography’ was one of the most eagerly awaited books of the year 2011. The book is a journey into the life of a legend who revolutionized the way people saw technology. Walter Issacson brings to life, the innovator, the dreamer and the devil within Steve Jobs. An absolutely must read!
During the summer of 2004, Walter Isaacson got a phone call from Steve Jobs. It so turned out that Jobs wanted Isaacson to write a biography of him. This amazing book takes you on a rollercoaster ride into the ferociously intense personality of a passionate and creative entrepreneur whose powerful drive and vision revolutionized six industries: music, personal computers, phones, animated movies, digital publishing and tablet computing.
Steve Jobs also re-imagined and tried to revamp retail stores, but it did not turn out to be as revolutionary. Instead, he paved the way for an entirely new market for app based digital content. This is a book that’s mainly about innovation. Steve Jobs stands tall as the sole icon of imagination, sustained innovation and inventiveness. His vision was very clear; if you want to create value in the industry, connect technology with creativity. A company called Apple was built on this vision, which changed the entire face of technology with its imagination blended with remarkable feats of engineering.
Steve Jobs asked for no right to read it before it was published and had no control over what was being written before it was published. He also encouraged people to speak honestly. In the book Jobs sometimes speaks brutally and candidly about the people he worked along with and also his competitors.
His friends, colleagues and foes offer an unparalleled view of the perfectionism, passion, artistry, obsessions, compulsions and devilry that shaped his approach to the innovative products and business that resulted.
Often driven by his demons, Jobs could make those around him lurch in despair and fury. His products and personality were interrelated and his life was cautionary and instructive at the same time. A must read!
7) Revolution 2020 :
Revolution 2020 is a gripping and fast paced novel about love, corruption and ambition. The story delves into the underbelly of a small town, Varanasi, and explores the various hues in the characters of the protagonists in it. Bhagat unearths the darker side of the education system, and for that matter, love too.
Summary of Revolution 2020
In the small and historic town of Varanasi in India, two boys Raghav and Gopal fall in love with the same girl, Aarti. Both of them are intelligent, ambitious and are the best of friends, but destiny has something else in store for them. One of them wants to use his intelligence to make a lot of money and the other wants to create a revolution; but again, their plans are disrupted by their love.
Gopal hails from a poor family and fails to get an admission to the best engineering colleges in the country. Heartbroken, he moves to Kota for a year to prepare for the exams. Raghav comes from a well-to-do family and achieves a good rank in JEE. Delighted, he joins IIT-BHU, one of the premier institutes of India, and embarks on his ambition to become a journalist. Aarti hails from a powerful bureaucratic family, and her aim is to become an airhostess. Aarti falls in love with Raghav while Gopal is at Kota.
The story starts when Gopal rises as the director of a new engineering college opened in Varanasi, with the power of MLA Shukla, a corrupt politician. He uses the legally strangled land of his uncle to manipulate and build the college. Raghav, on the other hand, completes his engineering and joins the largest selling newspaper Dainik as an intern. He starts shedding light on all the wrongdoings of Shukla and exposes him in public.
Things take a different turn when Aarti starts developing a soft corner for Gopal.
Who will win her love towards the end?
Will Raghav’s crusade against the corrupt system fail?
Revolution 2020 is a gripping story of love, the corrupt educational system and clashing ambitions.
Revolution 2020 got mixed reviews from critics and readers. The book turned out to be yet another bestseller from the Chetan Bhagat stable.
RATING : 3.5/5
8) I Have A Dream :
I Have a Dream is the collection of 20 engaging and inspiring stories of idealists who made the world a better place to live in. The book puts for the heart and soul of 20 brave individuals who are entrepreneurs but with a more social aim. An absolute must read; the book might just change your life…Summary of the Book
The most cherished feeling in this entire world is just dream about your entire life. Having previously penned down bestsellers on the domain of entrepreneurship, Connect the Dots and Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, Rashmi Bansal has penned down her third book I have a Dreamon the same lines. The context in which this book differs from the others is that it is centered on the topic of Social Entrepreneurship.These books has the inspiring and interesting stories of 20 idealists who act and think like entrepreneurs, but have dedicated their lives to various causes that do good to mankind in one way or the other.
I Have A Dream is divided into three parts: Rainmakers, Changemakers and Spiritual Capitalists. The first section, Rainmakers has stores of 11 entrepreneurs whose organizations make profits but for them profit making is not the sole driving force.
The next section belongs to the Changemakers, genuine and inspirational change agents who have started movements that would have a positive impact on the society we live in. These areas range from topics ranging from education to RTI activism.
The third section, Spiritual Capitalists is about those people who have imbibed the art of spiritualism and common good.
The book covers entrepreneurial figures like Dhruv Lakra, Mirakle Couriers, Arvind Kejriwal, Parivartan and more.
RATING : 4.0/5
9)Don’t Lose Your Mind Lose Your Weight :
Book Summary of Don’t Lose Your Mind Lose Your Weight
Don’t Lose Your Mind Lose Your Weight is an excellent book on how to lose weight without losing your cool. Learn the trick of losing your weight without compromising on your daily diet. Read on to know more about the trainer who has trained the who’s who of the industry.Summary of the Book
What’s the difference between a fashionable/trendy girl and the rest?
A trendy girl is always comfortable in her own skin!
So how do you shed those annoying extra pounds and boost up your self esteem by a few notches?
From following rigorous dieting routines to sweeping people away with their charm and grace, you can always trust celebrities to make the right choices. For this reason, it’s hardly surprising when people look for diets and workout routines from their favorite celebrities so that they can implement these in their lives.
Thanks to her status as a star dietician who’s worked with the cream of the Bollywood crop, Rujuta Diwekar lets out some secrets through her book Don’t Lose Your Mind Lose Your Weight. The book serves as a bible for those who’re intent on losing weight – without giving up on their sinful food cravings. In her book, Rujuta delves into the details of her experiences while working with A List stars, and how you can lose weight without resorting to crash diets.
A must-read book for every health conscious individual, Don’t Lose Your Mind Lose Your Weight can help you tailor the perfect diet, one that celebrities swear by.
RATING : 4.5 /5
10) Chanakya’s Chant :
Chanakya’s Chant is a racy and gripping account on Chanakya, one of the greatest political strategists India has seen. The story changes track as it narrates the tale of Gangasagar Mishra, the reincarnation of Chanakya, in parallel. Will he be the next kingmaker?Summary of Chanakya’s Chant
Gangasagar Mishra, a denizen of a quaint old Indian town, is no ordinary man. Society sees him as a Brahmin teacher who can barely make ends meet, but he’s the reincarnation of the man who brought the fragmented subcontinent together under a single empire – Chanakya.
Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi gives its readers a look into two parallel worlds that are tied together by the intelligence of the main protagonists. The first story is set in 340 BC, when a young Brahmin man, fueled by the death of his father, vows revenge against the king and overthrows his rule by bringing in Chandragupta Maurya, the first emperor of the Maurya Dynasty.
The scene then shifts to modern day India, where Gangasagar Mishra leads his life as a nonentity – until he decides to groom an ambitious girl from Kanpur into India’s prime minister.
Will Chanakya’s manipulative mechanisms change the face of the nation again?
The book takes readers on a joyride through Chanakya’s cold and calculating moves.
Chanakya’s Chant was very well received by critics and readers. Renowned bureaucrat and writer Shashi Tharoor released the book in Mumbai and termed it a gripping and delightful read. The book is a historical account, but features many colloquial terms too.
RATING : 4.5/10