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  1. Jesus Lived in India: Holger Kersten
  2. Tracers in the Dark: Andy Greenberg
  3. The (Mis)Behavior of Markets: Benoit Mandelbrot
  4. Experimental Wife: Sandra Jean Bangham
  5. Start with Why: Simon Sinek
  6. Bernoulli's Fallacy: Aubrey Clayton
  7. The Pregnant King: Devdutt Pattanaik
  8. The Singularity is Near: Ray Kurzweil
  9. Silent Spring: Rachel Carson
  10. Skip to the Fun Parts: Dana Jeri Maier
  11. The History of Mathematics: Carl B. Boyer
  12. The Lord of the Flies: William Golding
  13. The Annotated Gödel: Hal Prince
  14. Five Golden Rules: John L. Casti
  15. Transformer: Nick Lane
  16. The Story Behind: Emily Prokop
  17. Energy: Richard Rhodes
  18. Rethinking Consciousness: Michael S. A. Graziano
  19. A Thousand Brains: Jeff Hawkins
  20. The Ascent of Money: Niall Ferguson
  21. The Nazi Hunters: Andrew Nagorski
  22. The Genius of Earth Day: Adam Rome
  23. The Myth of Artificial Intelligence: Erik Larson
  24. The Beginning of Infinity: David Deutsch
  25. Masala Lab: Krish Ashok
  26. The Confidence Game: Maria Konnikova
  27. Shape: Jordan Ellenberg
  28. The Discourses: Niccolo Machiavelli
  29. Against the Gods: Peter Bernstein
  30. Through the Language Glass: Guy Deutscher
  31. Trading at the Speed of Light: Donald MacKenzie
  32. Numbers Don't Lie: Vaclav Smil
  33. The Prince: Niccolo Machiavelli
  34. No One Ever Told Us That: John D. Spooner
  35. The Great Arc: John Keay
  36. How Not to Be Wrong: Jordan Ellenberg
  37. Project Hail Mary: Andy Weir
  38. The Double Helix: James D. Watson
  39. V for Vendetta: Alan Moore & David Lloyd
  40. The Unfolding of Language: Guy Deutscher
  41. Principles of Human Knowledge: George Berkeley
  42. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: Robert A. Heinlein
  43. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Philip K. Dick
  44. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Abridged): John Locke
  45. Watchmen: Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  46. The Grand Biocentric Design: Adam Lanza & Matej Pavśić
  47. Hackers: Steven Levy
  48. Americana: Bhu Srinivasan
  49. The Code Breaker: Walter Isaacson
  50. Empires of the Word: Nicholas Ostler
  51. Eniac: Scott McCartney
  52. Irrational Exuberance: Robert J. Shiller
  53. Deep Simplicity: John Gribbin
  54. Money for Nothing: Thomas Levenson
  55. The Prize: Daniel Yergin
  56. The Secret Life of Groceries: Benjamin Lorr
  57. Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony: Lewis Thomas
  58. A World Without Work: Daniel Susskind
  59. Genius: James Gleick
  60. No Rules Rules: Reed Hastings & Erin Meyer
  61. On Human Nature and The Understanding: David Hume
  62. The TeX Book: Donald E. Knuth
  63. Thinking In Bets: Annie Duke
  64. Titan: Ron Chernow
  65. Doubt And Certainty: Tony Rothman & George Sudarshan
  66. Fortune's Formula: William Poundstone
  67. The Path Between the Seas: David McCullough
  68. Humble Pi: Matt Parker
  69. Molecules At An Exhibition: John Emsley
  70. Upstream: Dan Heath
  71. Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: Matt Parker
  72. The Making of the Atomic Bomb: Richard Rhodes
  73. Cod: Mark Kurlansky
  74. Ella Minnow Pea: Mark Dunn
  75. Scarcity: Sendhil Mullainathan & Eldar Shafir
  76. The Paradox of Choice: Barry Schwartz
  77. The Moscow Rules: Antonio & Jonna Mendez
  78. Range: David Epstein
  79. How To: Randall Munroe
  80. The Ocean of Churn: Sanjeev Sanyal
  81. Capital in the 21st Century: Thomas Piketty
  82. Eight Lessons on Infinity: A Mathematical Adventure: Haim Shapira
  83. Eating Animals: Jonathan Safran Foer
  84. Better: Atul Gawande
  85. The God Delusion: Richard Dawkins
  86. The Omnivore's Dilemma: Michael Pollan
  87. Discipline & Punish: Michel Foucault
  88. Naked Money: Charles Wheelan
  89. Wealth of Nations: Adam Smith
  90. The Magic of Reality: Richard Dawkins
  91. The Selfish Gene: Richard Dawkins
  92. God is not Great: Christopher Hitchens
  93. Factfulness: Hans Rosling
  94. Why There is no God: Armin Navabi
  95. Slugfest: Reed Tucker
  96. Winners Take All: Anand Giridharadas
  97. Thing Explainer: Randall Munroe
  98. Through Two Doors at Once: Anil Ananthaswamy
  99. The Blank Slate: Steven Pinker
  100. Artemis: Andy Weir
  101. Nudge: Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein
  102. Thinking Fast and Slow: Daniel Kahneman
  103. How Not to Be Wrong: Jordan Ellenberg
  104. How to Excel at Math and Science: Barbara Oakland
  105. The Cartoon Guide to the Environment: Larry Gonick & Alice Outwater
  106. The Cartoon Guide to Genetics: Larry Gonick & Mark Wheelis
  107. The Cartoon Guide to Physics: Larry Gonick & Art Huffman
  108. The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry: Larry Gonick & Craig Criddle
  109. The Cartoon Guide to Algebra: Larry Gonick
  110. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics: Larry Gonick & Woollcott Smith
  111. How the Mind Works: Steven Pinker
  112. Sapiens: Yuval Noah Harari
  113. The Better Angels Of Our Nature: Steven Pinker
  114. The Internet of Money: Andreas M. Antonopoulos
  115. The Physics of Superheroes: James Kakalios
  116. Everybody Lies: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  117. Weapons of Math Destruction: Cathy O'Neil
  118. Four Fish: Paul Greenberg
  119. Algorithms To Live By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  120. Originals: Adam Grant
  121. Antifragile: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  122. A Burglar's Guide to the City: Geoff Manaugh
  123. The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran: Robert Spencer
  124. The Tipping Point: Malcolm Gladwell
  125. The Gene: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  126. Integration of the Indian States: V. P. Menon
  127. The Silk Roads: Peter Frankopan
  128. Outliers: Malcolm Gladwell
  129. The Rules of Wealth: Richard Templar
  130. Fault Lines: Raghuram Rajan
  131. The Art of Thinking Clearly: Rolf Dobelli
  132. The End of Faith: Sam Harris
  133. The Martian: Andy Weir
  134. What If?: Randall Munroe
  135. WTF, Evolution?: Mara Grunbaum
  136. The Theory Of Everything: Stephen Hawking
  137. Angels And Demons: Dan Brown
  138. Being Mortal: Atul Gawande
  139. Peril At End House: Agatha Christie
  140. Joy, Inc.: Richard Sheridan
  141. Tubes: Andrew Blum
  142. This Explains Everything: John Brockman
  143. Flashman: Fraser MacDonald
  144. Naked Statistics: Charles Wheelan
  145. Empire Of The Moghul - Raiders From The North: Alex Rutherford
  146. The Signal And The Noise: Nate Silver
  147. 2 States: Chetan Bhagat
  148. Hen's Teeth And Horse's Toes: Stephen Jay Gould
  149. Rework: Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
  150. The Revenge Of Geography: Robert Kaplan
  151. Getting Real: Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
  152. Naked Economics: Charles Wheelan
  153. The Upside Of Irrationality: Dan Ariely
  154. The Third Chimpanzee: Jared Diamond
  155. All The Countries We Have Invaded: Stuart Laycock
  156. The Art of Strategy: Avinash K. Dixit & Barry. J. Nalebuff
  157. The Wonder That Was India - Part II: S. A. A. Rizvi
  158. The Wonder That Was India: A. L. Basham
  159. The Elephant, The Tiger And The Cellphone: Shashi Tharoor
  160. I Am America (And So Can You!): Stephen Colbert
  161. Earth (The Book): Jon Stewart
  162. A Brief History Of Time: Stephen Hawking
  163. How to Win Every Argument: Madsen Pirie
  164. The Man Who Was Thursday: G. K. Chesterton
  165. New Theories Of Everything: John D. Barrow
  166. Maus II: Art Spiegelman
  167. Maus I: Art Spiegelman
  168. Numbers Rule Your World: Kaiser Fung
  169. Fermat's Last Theorem: Simon Singh
  170. Mahabharata: Devdutt Pattanaik
  171. Jack Patel's Dubai Dreams: P. G. Bhaskar
  172. Little Bets: Peter Sims
  173. Boomerang: Michael Lewis
  174. The Medusa and the Snail: Lewis Thomas
  175. The Big Short: Michael Lewis
  176. The Emperor of all Maladies: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  177. One Simple Idea: Stephen Key
  178. The 4-Hour Workweek: Timothy Ferriss
  179. Fantasia Mathematica: Clifton Fadiman
  180. The Penal Colony: Franz Kafka
  181. India Calling: Anand Giridharadas
  182. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: David S. Landes
  183. The Cartoon History of the Modern World: Larry Gonick
  184. In Spite of the Gods: Edward Luce
  185. 13 Things that Don't Make Sense: Michael Brooks
  186. Plato and Platypus Walk into a Bar: Thomas Cathcart & Daniel M. Klein
  187. The Story of My Experiments in Truth: Mohandas K. Gandhi
  188. A Splendid Exchange: William J. Bernstein
  189. First You Build A Cloud: K. C. Cole
  190. The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten: Julian Baggini
  191. River Of Gods: Ian McDonald
  192. The Book Of General Ignorance: John Mitchinson & John Lloyd
  193. Superstar India: Shobha De
  194. The Art of Money: David Standish
  195. The Drunkard's Walk: Leonard Mlodinow
  196. Where The Wild Things Were: William Stolzenberg
  197. Lost Histories of Indian Cricket: Boria Majumdar
  198. The Seekers: Daniel J. Boorstin
  199. Predictably Irrational: Dan Ariely
  200. The Back of the Napkin: Dan Roam
  201. Longitude: Dava Sobel
  202. Jesus Lived in India: Holger Kersten
  203. The No Asshole Rule: Robert I. Sutton
  204. The World Without Us: Alan Wiesman
  205. Better: Atul Gawande
  206. The Flamingo's Smile: Stephen Jay Gould
  207. The Hidden History of the Human Race: Michael A. Cremo & Richard L. Thompson
  208. A Short History of Nearly Everything: Bill Bryson
  209. The Panda's Thumb: Stephen Jay Gould
  210. The Long Tail: Chris Anderson
  211. The End Of Poverty: Jeffrey D. Sachs
  212. The World Is Flat: Thomas Friedman
  213. Collapse: Jared Diamond
  214. Salt: Mark Kurlansky
  215. Life of Pi: Yann Martell
  216. Blink: Malcolm Gladwell
  217. Freakonomics: Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  218. The Story of Phi: Mario Livio
  219. First, Break All the Rules: Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
  220. The Lying Stones of Marrakech: Stephen Jay Gould
  221. Persepolis II: Marjane Satrapi
  222. Persepolis: Marjane Satrapi
  223. Dangerous Company: James O'Shea & Charles Madigan
  224. Economics in One Lesson: Henry Hazlitt
  225. Guns, Germs and Steel: Jared Diamond
  226. The Dhammapada: Ananda Maitreya & Rose Kramer
  227. The Automatic Millionaire: David Bach
  228. Karma Cola: Gita Mehta
  229. The Da Vinci Code: Dan Brown
  230. Creating Wealth: Bob Allen
  231. The Rise and Fall of the British Empire: Lawrence James
  232. The Supermen: Charles J. Murray
  233. The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Victor Hugo
  234. The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution - A Reconsideration: Mark Roseman
  235. The Design of Everyday Things: Donald A. Norman
  236. The Mismeasure of Man: Stephen Jay Gould
  237. The Programmer's Stone: Alan G. Carter & Colston Sanger
  238. The Living Past: Ivar Lissner
  239. Hyperspace: Michio Kaku
  240. Dinosaur in a Haystack: Stephen Jay Gould
  241. The Hindu Mind: Bansi Pandit
  242. Science and Hypothesis: Henri Poincaré
  243. Five Golden Rules: John L. Casti
  244. My Days - A Memoir: R. K. Narayan
  245. Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony: Lewis Thomas
  246. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics: Larry Gonick & Woollcott Smith
  247. A Random Walk in Science: Robert L. Weber & Eric Mendoza
  248. Robinson Crusoe: Daniel Defoe
  249. The Moon and Sixpence: W. Somerset Maugham
  250. The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights: John Steinbeck
  251. Frontiers: Isaac Asimov
  252. VEIL: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987: Bob Woodward
  253. Marco Polo: Maurice Collis
  254. Jurassic Park: Michael Crichton
  255. Officers and Gentlemen: Evelyn Waugh
  256. Men at Arms: Evelyn Waugh
  257. Kalki: Gore Vidal
  258. Taming the Atom: Hans Christian von Baeyer
  259. Neuromancer: William Gibson
  260. The Catcher in the Rye: J. D. Salinger
  261. The Man Who Knew Infinity: Robert Kanigel
  262. Acquired Tastes: Peter Mayle
  263. The Elegant Universe: Brian Greene
  264. The Mythical Man-Month: Frederick P. Brooks
  265. Six Not-So-Easy Pieces: Richard Feynman
  266. Six Easy Pieces: Richard Feynman
  267. Gödel, Escher Bach - An Eternal Golden Braid: Douglas Hofstadter
  268. Bored of the Rings: Harvard Lampoon
  269. The Gulag Archipelago: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  270. The Great Indian Novel: Shashi Tharoor
  271. The Colours of Evil: Ashokamitran
  272. Great Essays in Science: Martin Gardner (ed.)
  273. Red Giants and White Dwarfs: Robert Jastrow
  274. In Quest of Jesus: W. Barnes Tatum
  275. Emergence: Steven Johnson
  276. Dune: Frank Herbert
  277. 1984: George Orwell
  278. India: A History: John Keay
  279. The Histories: Herodotus
  280. She Stoops to Conquer: Oliver Goldsmith
  281. Dragons of Eden: Carl Sagan
  282. Sholay: The Making of a Classic: Anupama Chopra
  283. Broca's Brain: Carl Sagan
  284. The Great Railway Bazaar: Paul Theroux
  285. The Riddle of the Dinosaur: John Wilford Noble
  286. Creation: Gore Vidal
  287. The Dancing Wu Li Masters: Gary Zukav
  288. Culture Jam: Kalle Lasn
  289. Lady Chatterly's Lover: D. H. Lawrence
  290. Roots: Alex Haley
  291. Song of Solomon: Toni Morrison
  292. Utopia: Thomas More
  293. The Mahabharata: Chakravarti Rajagopalachari
  294. Foundation and Earth: Isaac Asimov
  295. Foundation's Edge: Isaac Asimov
  296. The God of Small Things: Arundhati Roy
  297. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: William L. Shirer
  298. The New New Thing: Michael Lewis
  299. Economics in One Lesson: Henry Hazlitt
  300. The Illuminatus! Trilogy: Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
  301. Man's Search for Meaning: Viktor Frankl
  302. A Brief History of Time: Stephen Hawking
  303. The Odessa File: Frederick Forsythe
  304. The Haj: Leon Uris
  305. The Man from St. Petersburg: Ken Follet
  306. The Art of War: Sun Tzu Wu
  307. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Robert Pirsig
  308. Hocus Pocus: Kurt Vonnegut
  309. Foundation: Isaac Asimov
  310. The Prophet: Kahlil Gibran
  311. Gulliver's Travels: Jonathan Swift
  312. Rubaiyat: Omar Khayyám
  313. Brave New World: Aldous Huxley
  314. Microserfs: Douglas Copeland
  315. Steppenwolf: Herman Hesse
  316. On the Road: Jack Kerouac
  317. Women in Love: D. H. Lawrence
  318. Complete Works: Saki (H. H. Munro)
  319. Animal Farm: George Orwell
  320. Collected Short Stories: O. Henry
  321. Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand
  322. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: J. R. R. Tolkien
  323. After Many a Summer Dies the Swan: Aldous Huxley
  324. Labyrinths: Jorge Luis Borges
  325. Fountainhead: Ayn Rand
  326. Complete Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle
  327. The Cartoon History of the Universe: Larry Gonick
  328. Doonesbury: Garry Trudeau
  329. The Far Side: Gary Larson
  330. Calvin & Hobbes: Bill Waterson
  331. Garfield: Jim Davis
  332. Dilbert: Scott Adams
  333. The Adventures of Asterix, the Gaul: Goscinny & Uderzo
  334. The Adventures of Tintin: Hergé
  335. Cerebus: Dave Sim
  336. You Said It: R. K. Laxman

Selected Reviews

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