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Books read in 2019

After being stuck in a bit of a rut in terms of reading books, I ended up reading more books in 2019 than previous years.

I read a lot of things online and this year I had to make a conscious effort at switching off from a screen and carry a book.

  1. Shivaji: The Grand Rebel by Dennis Kincaid
  2. Sapiens: Yuval Noah Harari
  3. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  4. An Era of Darkness by Sashhi Tharoor
  5. Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  6. House of Shivaji by Jadunath Sarkar
  7. The public intellectual in India by Romila Thappar
  8. Homo Deus: Yuval Noah Harari
  9. The Free Voice by Ravish Kumar
  10. Manto: Selected stories – Sadat Hasan Manto (translation Aatish Taseer)
  11. Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach


Of the list Being Mortal by Atul Gawande is my favourite read in 2019. I would recommending reading it. I am glad I discovered it while listening to a Frontline podcast.


I got the entire collection of Asterix comic series. I read about 15 of them in 2019. The singular village in Gaul, standing up to the mighty Roman Empire of Julius Caesar has been a favourite since I was ten.

That said there are hardly any main female characters; and some of the story telling is a bit dated.

Some goals for 2020

I plan to (hope to) read 50 books this year! I also hope to write 52 posts this year (averaging one per week – I can see I am already 3 posts behind)

Reading currently

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