Are you crazy about reading books. Here is top 10 Top 10 Bestseller Books In India for the year 2013
1)An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions : ( More Info / Buy Now )
Two leading economists of India set out to expose a deeper and impassioned understanding of the country as they attempt to mark out the argument for indulging in the study of inequalities and opportunities afforded to residents notwithstanding the country’s penchant for high economic development.
Summary Of The Book
After two centuries of imperialism and colonial subjugation India attained its Independence in 1947. And in its attempt to earn the freedom of its people, the founding fathers adopted a firm and fair system of democracy to usher in a new chapter in the history of India. The economists place their argument in the period that lay hereafter and the basic flaws in the Indian system. They stress on the attention needed for the marginalized if there is a view to sustain growth and lead the development trajectory into a more dominant position.
An Uncertain Glory: India And Its Contradictions explicates the progress of the nation as it overcame the economic lag to earning a growth rate that soon made it the second fastest growing economy in the world. For Dreze and Sen the focus however lies elsewhere and it is in determining the essential needs of the people and bridging the gap of opportunities that they believe there is a chance for India to cash in its true realization of freedom. They discuss the deep inequalities that are entrenched in the Indian system and how the resulting failure to develop human capabilities is stunting its growth.
In another vein the economists believe the importance of sustainable growth that is also environmentally conscious and in that respect they lay out the failures of the economy to develop their backbone of infrastructure adequately. The incompetent tackling of public resources that has accrued to India’s phenomenal growth in developing social services and infrastructure is a major concern for the economists.
They believe that the quality of life in India is the major concern and therefore the needs and social deprivations of the majority of the people who are among the lower rungs are of priority basis and need to be addressed. The authors lay out a premise for a stronger democratic ethic that concentrates on these neglected corners of Indian policy in this enlightening treatise.
About The Authors
Jean Dreze is an Indian development economist of Belgian origin. His works include The Political Economy Of Hunger, Hunger And Public Action, The Economics Of Famine, Public Report On Basic Education In India, and India: Development and Participation. Jean Dreze was born in 1959 in Belgium. He has a degree in Mathematical Economics from the University of Essex and a Ph.d from the Indian Statistical Institute. He became an Indian citizen in 2002 and is the conceptualizer of NREGA. He is currently an honorary Professor at the Delhi School of Economics and also a Professor at Allahabad University.
Amartya Sen is an Indian Nobel laureate economist and philosopher. His other books include The Argumentative Indian, The Idea of Justice, Development as Freedom, and Peace and Democratic Society. Sen was born in 1933 in Santiniketan in Bengal. He holds two B.A. degrees, an M.A. degree, and a Ph.d. He received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998. He is currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard. His books have been translated to over 30 languages.
2) The Oath of the Vayuputras – Shiva Trilogy 3 : (More Info / Buy Now )
India’s own super hero is finally here. Shiva has risen yet again to destroy the evildoers. The last of the Shiva Trilogy, this book promises to keep the readers gripped while the great warrior discovers who his true enemies are and gives it his all to destroy them.
Summary of the Book
The Oath of the Vayuputras is the final book of the Shiva Trilogy. In the earlier books of the trilogy, Shiva finds out that the Nagas are not his enemies and joins hands with them to reach the root of all evil. This book will have answers to ‘the Neelkanth’s’ questions about his fate, the choices he made previously and karma.
Further, in the concluding book of the trilogy, Shiva reaches Panchavati, the capital of Naga where he will come face to face with his greatest enemy. Will he win the battle over his wicked enemies, who are out to destroy him and his legacy?
The Oath of the Vayuputras will also reveal the reason of Shiva’s close friend Brahaspati’s disappearance and reappearance at the end of the second book, The Secret of the Nagas. Further the relationship between Daksha, the king of Meluha and the mysterious temple priests will also be exposed in this last part of the trilogy. Shiva seeks helps from the Vayuputras in the quest to conquer all evil.
The great warrior will encounter the real intentions of some characters he deemed to be close to him. Some new characters will add that extra vitality to the entire plot, especially Shiva’s greatest enemy whose name sends shivers down the spines of many great warriors.
An interesting journey of a warrior who is turned into a God by his followers because of his deeds and war against the evil, this book is sure to have its readers’ full attention. A good read which will make one reflect on their actions, this book like the two earlier books of the trilogy focuses on philosophy, religion and the never ending battle between the good and the evil.
About Amish Tripathi
Amish Tripathi, is an author who gave up his banking job to live his dream of becoming a writer. He is an IIM (Kolkata) graduate and worked for 14 years in the financial services industry. He has penned down three books as part of the Shiva Trilogy 3, which have received raving reviews and critical appreciation. His style of writing is fresh and has given birth to a new era of literature in India. With philosophy, religion, karma and myth as his main areas of focus, Amish has weaved his plots around them and conquered the hearts of many readers with his riveting ideas. Amish lives with his wife Preethi and son Neel in Mumbai. As is evident from his books, Amish has a passion for religion, philosophy, mythology and history.
3) Inferno : ( More Info / Buy Now )
Inferno is the latest thriller by the bestselling author Dan Brown, featuring the popular symbologist Robert Langdon.
Summary Of The Book
Dan Brown was completely enchanted by Dante’s work and its influence on the modern world during his research in Florence. The title of Inferno is inspired from Dante’s Inferno and the masterpiece plays a central role in this astonishingly thrilling novel.
Inferno features the protagonist of Brown’s previous novels, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol, the very famous Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. Set in the heart of Europe, the story opens as Langdon wakes up in a hospital with a head injury and no memory of the last few days. All he remembers is that he was last walking in the Harvard campus but soon he figures out that he is in Florence. He realizes that he has company of a doctor named Sienna Brooks who tells him that he suffered a concussion and ended up in the hospital.
Soon a female assassin enters Langdon’s room and shoots the doctor in charge. Brooks gets hold of Langdon and both of them flee to her apartment. Here onwards both of them are compelled to embark on a journey around classical Renaissance masterpieces. They have to come out of this life-threatening labyrinth and decipher mysteries by unraveling various codes centered around one of the most lasting and inexplicable literary masterpieces in the history – Dante’s Inferno. Langdon has to fight against a strong adversary to decode Dante’s work with an aim to not just his life but the entire world from chaos.
Inferno weaves a beautiful tapestry of codes, secret passageways, classic art, symbols, and futuristic science in which Langdon is drawn. The readers get to cherish the breathtaking beauty of the medieval architecture that is sure to leave them astounded.
Langdon is made to decipher Dante’s epic poem to find answers that could save lives. But people are not what they pretend to be. Each character has some hidden shades. Can Langdon count on them? Whom will he trust? Will he be able to find the answer before it’s too late? Find it out in the latest blood-tingling novel of Dan Brown.
About Dan Brown
Dan Brown is a world-acclaimed American author famously known for his mystery and thriller fiction.
Other bestselling titles published by Dan Brown are The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress.
Most of Brown’s novels revolve around a treasure hunt that takes place in a day. The recurring themes in his novels are keys, codes, symbols, cryptography, and conspiracy theories.
Dan Brown was born on 22nd June 1964 in New Hampshire, USA. Brown was interested in puzzles, secrets, codes, anagrams and crossword puzzles since childhood. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and later attended Amherst College. He quit his teaching career in 1996 to devote his full time to writing. His first novel Digital Fortress was published in 1998 and he acclaimed recognition with his fourth novel The Da Vinci Code that got published in 2003. Brown’s books have sold more than 200 million copies and have been translated into 52 different languages.
4) Jaya – An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata : (More Info / Buy Now )
The Mahabharata, India’s greatest epic, is a huge, sweeping work and is the longest Sanskrit epic. It tells the story of the Kuru family, and the events that lead to the fratricidal Mahabharata War. It describes the events during the 18-day war and its aftermath.
In the Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, Devdutt Pattanaik has condensed the epic into a small capsule. For those who do not know the story of the Mahabharata, this can be a good choice for a first book based on Mahabharata. What makes this book special is that it collects tales from various regional and folk versions in addition to the original Sanskrit composition. This book is divided into 108 chapters and is illustrated with around 250 simple line drawings done by the author himself.
The author draws the reader into an interesting retelling of the Mahabharata. The book contains many intriguing tales from other versions of the epic, not just the major regional versions, but also those used in enacting the epic in folk arts like Chattisgarh’s Pandavani, Tamil Nadu’s Terukuttu and Karnataka’s Yakshagana.
The book contains stories of Aravan, Barbareek, Jaimini, Astika and Madhavi. It also highlights some intriguing traditions like the Draupadi temples in Tamilnadu where she is worshipped as a Goddess. It devotes pages to the Mahabharata versions of Sanskrit Classics like Shakuntalam and Ramayana.
The author also devotes a section to dating the Mahabharata War based on the detailed astronomical information provided in the book, like the position of certain constellations etc. By bringing together many prevalent versions of the Mahabharata, he gives a pan-Indian view of the epic that has shaped the history and culture of the country over millennia.
The book has become a popular choice for those who want to read the story of the epic for the first time as well as those who want to know even more about the Mahabharata and its sweeping influence on the country’s culture and traditions. This highlight of the book is its simple style and the author’s own interpretations of various incidents in the epic.
About the Author
Devdutt Pattanaik is a doctor who shifted his focus to Indian mythology and their influence on the people of the country. He has written many books based on Indian epics and Puranas.
Devdutt Pattanaik has written other books based on Hindu epics and other related works. Some of his other books are:
- Devi, the Mother-Goddess: an introduction
- Shiva: an introduction
- Vishnu: an introduction
- The Goddess in India: the five faces of the eternal feminine
- Hanuman: an introduction
- The Man Who Was A Woman and other queer tales of Hindu lore
- Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune: an introduction
His Writing Style
Devdutt Pattanaik’s style is simple and elegant, and he adds value by creating his own line drawing illustrations ? an unusual combination. He is not strictly traditional in his retelling, yet he remains true to the original spirit of the stories. He also explores the influence of the epics on Indian thought and their continued relevance to life, even today, thousands of years after the stories were written.
His Personal Life
Devdutt Pattanaik grew up in Mumbai and graduated with a degree in medicine from the Grant Medical College. He later studied Comparative Mythology at Mumbai University.
After working in the Healthcare industry for 14 years, he turned his attention to the wisdom and insights contained in the ancient Hindu texts. He started to write books and columns on the subject and has also delivered many lectures on Indian mythology.
5) Angel of the Dark : ( More Info / Buy Now )
A murdered, uber-wealthy senior, his young widow, and an elusive serial killer are all the stars of Sidney Sheldon’s international crime mystery, Angel Of The Dark, written by Tilly Bagshawe.
Summary Of The Book
In this fast-paced tale of sex, glamour, and globe-trotting adventure, readers can expect a thrilling murder mystery, which is Sidney Sheldon’s signature card.
Angel Of The Dark begins when detective Maguire arrives at the crime scene of a heinously murdered art dealer, Andrew Jakes, and his brutally raped widow, Angela. Maguire immediately notes many unconventional elements surrounding this case, especially when the obvious loot is left behind and some miniature figures are stolen. But it is the art dealer’s surviving widow who Maguire finds more mysterious. The detective is completely smitten by her beauty, and vows to avenge her suffering. As Maguire begins working on this mystery, the widow suddenly vanishes without a trace, bringing an unexpected twist to the plot.
The book then plunges forward to the future with Maguire, who has now started a new life in France, working for Interpol. Soon, murders similar to the case of the elderly art dealer begin to pop up around the world. This comes to his notice when he is alerted to this fact by a victim’s son. Maguire notes many similarities with the older case such as all the crimes involve a wealthy and elderly gentleman with a surviving widow who is either assaulted or raped. At first, Maguire assumes these murders are copycat killings, but certain clues which are left behind at the crime scene help him deduce that a serial killer is the perpetrator.
Tilly Bagshawe wrote Angel Of The Dark after she found an outline titled Novel 19 written by New York Times bestselling author Sidney Sheldon. The book was published in 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers.
About The Authors
Sidney Sheldon was an award-winning author, writer, and novelist from the United States. During his long and fruitful career of over twenty years, he wrote dozens of novels, plays, and even scripts for television series. Some of these titles are The Doomsday Conspiracy, Memories of Midnight, The Best Laid Plans, and I Dream Of Jeannie. Sheldon has received numerous awards and accolades for his literary contributions. He won an Academy Award in 1947 for writing the screenplay for The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer. He also won a Tony Award in 1959 for the musical Redhead.
Sheldon resided with his wife Alexandra in Palm Springs, California. He passed away in January 2007 due to complications arising from pneumonia.
Tilly Bagshawe was a former journalist and author, who has acquired international acclaim for her writing. Some of her other books are Scandalous, Adored, Friends & Rivals, Do Not Disturb, and Fame. After completing her education at Cambridge University, Bagshawe wrote for esteemed papers such as The Sunday Times and Evening Standard. Later, she followed her sister Louise’s footsteps and started writing novels.
6) Manuscript Found in Accra : (More Info/ Buy Now )
Manuscript Found In Accra is centered on a seven hundred year old document and whether it can still hold some message of relevance for humanity.
Summary of The book
The main subject of The Manuscript Found In Accra is an ancient (fictitious) manuscript containing words of wisdom from an unnamed Copt.
The narrator of the book is a the son of an English archaeologist, who is translating an ancient document. The document he says, was found in a cave in Cairo. It seems to be a recording of the words of a wise man, which had been recorded faithfully by one of his audience.
The Manuscript Found In Accra has an interesting setup. The incident takes place on the eve of the invasion of Jerusalem by European crusaders. Threatened by these alien invaders, in peril of life and livelihood, the citizens of Jerusalem are gathered together around a Copt. He is standing in their midst, patiently answering their questions. In a few hours time, the city would be overrun by the invaders from Europe.
The Copt has summoned the people to this place. He asks them to forget about the looming peril for the time being and ponder their minds on everyday concerns rather than the coming destruction. So, he urges them to ask him questions about issues that bother them in their normal, everyday life, doubts and concerns that are in their minds now and will be in their minds after the invaders have gone.
There is a bit of quiet in the atmosphere upon hearing such a declaration. The people of the city, including Coptic Christians, Jews, and Muslims, all eagerly gather before this quiet man, who seems unmoved by any fears of the future. The impending catastrophe is just a setting. The Manuscript Found In Accra is not a novel, it contains only a set of questions and answers. The citizens put various questions before the wise man, and he answers them all, and a scribe records everything.
The people ask him questions on numerous topics, including life, love, fear, loss, courage, anxieties, miracles, loyalty, beauty, solitude, success, and so on. The Copt answers them, and the people forget their immediate fears for the future as they listen to the profound wisdom of the man.
About Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian writer.
Some other books by Coelho are Theater For Education, Hell Archives, The Pilgrimage, The Greatest Gift, The Fifth Mountain, and The Alchemist. His books are in the spiritual and self-development genre. Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1947. His refusal to conform to tradition and to what was expected of him upset his parents so much that they had him put in a mental institution for psychiatric treatment. Though Coelho enrolled in law school to comply with his parent’s wishes, he did not complete his studies.
Coelho traveled the world for a while as a hippie and on his return, he began to write lyrics for Brazilian singers. He was very successful at this. Then, Coelho took part in the Road of Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage, which changed his life and his views. He quit the music industry and began to concentrate on his first passion, writing.
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