My Reading List: 2016


Writers, artists, playwrights, film makers and all the others, who take on the responsibility of observing, commenting and understanding the society in which we live in are doing us all a great favour. They look at patterns in life, in society and in behaviour, and then they analyse it all to give us a summary, coloured by their own bias of course, but a summary, nevertheless. It makes our lives easier. It saves us from having to dwell deep in to the chaotic depths of our own personalities, the complicated mishmash of our own relationships and the unexplained mysteries of many combined lives. In short, they do our introspection for us.

My homage is to the authors today, especially the authors of fiction or perhaps, fact that is garbed as fiction. These authors offer us a glimpse of a collective struggle, they offer us explanation of why something is the way it is and sometimes they influence us to question everything that we know. My reading list of 2016 seems to have shown a pattern, quite involuntarily. Most of the books that I have read have questioned the society’s ways of doing things. They have questioned what is wrong and what is right and they have forced me, the reader to question the notion of truth. Many of these are asian writers but that, I feel has not made a difference to my experience as a reader. What has been consistent, is that I have been forced to think and rethink what I know and what I have believed in earlier. To be honest, I have enjoyed the process immensely! So, here is my reading list of 2016. These books reflect the society in different times and in spite of that, in each era, they have questioned why society’s rules are decided by a handful of powerful people or they have forced me to look at alternate realities and alternatives.

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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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A Passage to India by E M Forster

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The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

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Dubliners by James Joyce

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Beloved by Toni Morrison

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The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

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The Sun also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

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Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

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The Bloody Chamber and other Stories by Angela Carter

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1984 by George Orwell

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Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

 

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Wild Nights by Joyce Carol Oates

 

Happy reading! May we always question. May we always want to know.

 

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