Books

Starting from August 2014, I have decided to keep a record of the books that I have read or am currently reading. This list is just for my own personal recollection, but once in a while if I find the book very appealing I may post a review somewhere.

The books which are marked with a ** are the ones that I am either currently reading or have not read completely but plan to do so in the future.

Non-Fiction

  1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksRebecca Skloot, Pan Macmillan, 2011. (review)
  2. Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum RevolutionJohn Gribbin, Transworld, 2013.
  3. A masterful spirit: Homi J. Bhaba (1909 – 1966)Indira Chowdhury and Ananya Dasgupta, Penguin India, 2010.
  4. Littlewood’s MiscellanyJohn E. Littlewood and Bela Bollobas, Cambridge University Press, 1986. (review)
  5. Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate – Covered Pi, and other cool bits of ComputingTim Chartier, Princeton University Press, 2014. (review)
  6. Letters to a Young ScientistEdward O. Wilson, W. W. Norton and Company, 2013.
  7. Feynman’s Rainbow: A search for Beauty in Physics and LifeLeonard Mlodinow, Warner Books, 2003.
  8. Alan M. Turing: Centenary EditionSara Turing, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  9. what if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical QuestionsRandall Munroe, John Murray (Publishers), 2014. (mini review)
  10. ** “Most of the Good Stuff”: Memories of Richard FeynmanLaurie M. Brown (ed.) and John S. Rigden (ed.), American Institute of Physics, 1993.
  11. The Art of Richard P. Feynman: Images of a Curious CharacterMichelle Feynman (ed.), Routledge, 1995.
  12. ** John von Neumann: Selected LettersMiklos Redei (ed.), American Mathematical Society/London Mathematical Society, 2005.
  13. The Apprenticeship of a MathematicianAndre Weil, Brikhauser, 1992. (mini review)
  14. Tuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman’s Last JourneyRalph Leighton, W. W. Norton and Company, 1991.
  15. Bourbaki: A Secret Society of MathematiciansMaurice Mashaal, American Mathematical Society, 2006. (review)
  16. The Polya Picture Album: Encounters of a MathematicianGeorge Polya (Ed. G. L. Alexanderson), Brikhauser Boston, 1987.
  17. Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical AdventureCedric Villani, The Bodley Head, London, 2015. (review)
  18. Mathematical Apocrypha Redux: More Stories and Anecdotes of Mathematicians and the MathematicalSteven G. Krantz, Mathematical Association of America, 2005. (short review)
  19. Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to EinsteinMario Livio, Simon and Schuster, 2013. (review)
  20. Mrs. Funnybones: She’s Just Like You and a Lot Like MeTwinkle Khanna, Penguin India, 2015. (review)
  21. The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American InnovationJon Gertner, Penguin Press, 2012. (review)
  22. My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to CountKen Ono and Amir D. Aczel, Springer Switzerland, 2016. (review)
  23. A Mathematician’s LamentPaul Lockhart, Bellevue Literary Press, 2009.
  24. In Other WordsJhumpa Lahiri, Hamish Hamilton (Penguin), 2016.
  25. Black Holes: The Reith LecturesStephen Hawking, Bantam Books, 2016.
  26. Man’s Search For MeaningViktor E. Frankl, Beacon Press, 2006.
  27. The Difference: when good enough isn’t enoughSubir Chowdhury, Portfolio (Penguin), 2017.
  28. The Clothing of BooksJhumpa Lahiri, Penguin, 2017.
  29. The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs and the Search for the Ultimate EquationHannah Fry, Ted Books, 2015.
  30. Landour DaysRuskin Bond, Penguin Books, 2016.
  31. The Last Lecture: lessons in livingRandy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow, Two Roads, 2012.
  32. Roads to MussoorieRuskin Bond, Rupa Publications India, 2013.
  33. Party time in MussoorieRuskin Bond, Rupa Publications India, 2016.
  34. Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous DiamondWilliam Dalrymple and Anita Anand, Juggernaut Books, 2016.
  35. City of Djinns: A Year in DelhiWilliam Dalrymple, Flamingo, 1994.
  36. The Great DerangementAmitav Ghosh, Allen Lane (Penguin), 2016.
  37. Useless Facts ViennaStadtBekannt Wien, Holzbaum Verlag, 2014.
  38. Eurekas and Euphorias: The Oxford Book of Scientific AnecdotesWalter Gratzer, Oxford University Press, 2002.
  39. The Accidental Scientist: The Role of Chance and Luck in Scientific DiscoveryGraeme Donald, Michael O’Mara Books Limited, 2017.
  40. Secret Vienna Stories: Legends, facts and locations for the true explorerFabio M. Aromatici, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.
  41. Journey Down the YearsRuskin Bond, Rupa Publications India, 2017.
  42. The Good, the Bad and the RidiculousKhuswant Singh with Humar Quarishi, Rupa Publications India, 2013.
  43. Pursuit of Genius: Flexner, Eisntein and the Early Faculty at the Institute for Advanced StudySteven L. Batterson, A. K. Peters, Ltd., 2006.
  44. Is That Even A Country, Sir!: Journeys in Northeast India by Train, Bus and Tractor, Anil Yadav (Translated by Anurag Basnet), Speaking Tiger, 2017.
  45. Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister, Sagarika Ghose, Juggernaut Books, 2017.
  46. Aurangzeb: The Man and The Myth, Audrey Truschke, Penguin Viking, 2017.
  47. Vikram Sarabhai: A Life, Amrita Shah, Penguin India, 2016.
  48. Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science, Karl Sigmund, Basic Books, 2017.
  49. Perpetual City: A Short Biography of Delhi, Malvika Singh, Aleph, 2013.
  50. Death in the Bunker, Ian Kershaw, Penguin Books, 2000.
  51. Scenes from a Writer’s Life, Ruskin Bond, Penguin India, 1997.
  52. Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India, William Dalrymple, Bloomsbury, 2015.
  53. Mathematicians of the World, Unite!: The International Congress of Mathematicians – A Human EndeavorGuillermo P. Curbera, A. K. Peters, Ltd., 2009.
  54. Variety of MenC. P. Snow, Penguin Books, 1969.
  55. The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and EncountersWilliam Dalrymple, Bloomsbury, 2017.
  56. The Usefulness of Useless KnowledgeAbraham Flexner (with a companion essay by Robbert Dijkgraaf), Princeton University Press, 2017.
  57. Wise and Otherwise: A Salute to LifeSudha Murty, Penguin Books, 2006.
  58. **The Fall of YugoslaviaMisha Glenny, Penguin Books, 1996.
  59. **Indiscrete ThoughtsGian-Carlo Rota (Edited by Fabrizio Palombi), Birkhauser Boston, 1997.
  60. **The G. H. Hardy ReaderDonald J. Albers (ed.), Gerald L. Alexanderson (ed.) and William Dunham (ed.), Mathematical Association of America – Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  61. ** The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatOliver Sacks, Picador, 2011.

Fiction

  1. Half GirlfriendChetan Bhagat, Rupa, 2014. (review)
  2. Dead MeatAnkush Saikia, Penguin India, 2015. (review)
  3. Mightier Than The SwordJeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan, 2015. (review)
  4. All My Friends are SuperheroesAndrew Kaufman, Telegram Books, 2006. (review)
  5. Scion of IkshvakuAmish Tripathi, Westland Books, 2015. (review)
  6. Cometh The HourJeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan, 2016.
  7. Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A StoryRichard Bach, Element, 2003.
  8. Flatland: A Romance of Many DimensionsEdwin A. Abbott, Penguin Books, 1998.
  9. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture: A Novel of Mathematical Obsession, Apostolos Doxiadis, Bloomsbury USA, 2010.
  10. The Sense of an EndingJulian Barnes, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
  11. The Reluctant FundamentalistMohsin Hamid, Penguin Books, 2007.
  12. Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story, The Complete EditionRichard Bach, Harper Thorsons, 2015.
  13. One Indian Girl, Chetan Bhagat, Rupa, 2016.
  14. This was a ManJeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan, 2016.
  15. Remember DeathAnkush Saikia, Penguin India, 2016. (review)
  16. The VegetarianHan Kang (Tranlated by Deborah Smith), Portobello Books, 2016.
  17. StrangersOmair Tarique, Moments Publications, 2017.
  18. Falling in love again: Stories of Love and RomanceRuskin Bond, Rupa, 2016.
  19. The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry, Om Books International, 2016.
  20. Revelations of an Imperfect LifeSankhya Samhita, Readomania, 2017.
  21. The Pregnant KingDevdutt Pattanaik, Penguin Books India, 2008.
  22. Red River, Blue Hills, Ankush Saikia, Westland ltd., 2015.
  23. The Girl from Nongrim Hills, Ankush Saikia, Penguin India, 2013.
  24. The Outsider, Albert Camus (Translated by Sandra Smith), Penguin Classics, 2013.
  25. The Tobacconist, Robert Seethaler (Translated by Charlotte Collins), Picador, 2017.
  26. No Direction RomeKaushik Barua, Fourth Estate, 2015.
  27. The SpyPaulo Coelho (Translated by Zoë Perry), Vintage, 2016.
  28. Tell Tale, Jeffrey Archer, Pan Macmillan, 2017.
  29. ChessStefan Zweig (Translated by Anthea Bell), Penguin Classics, 2017.
  30. More Bodies Will FallAnkush Saikia, Penguin Books, 2018.
  31. Twilight in DelhiAhmed Ali, Rupa, 2017.
  32. **A Horse Walks into a BarDavid Grossman (Translated by Jessica Cohen), Jonathan Cape, 2016.
  33. ** The Old Man and The SeaErnest Hemingway, Arrow Books, 2004.

Graphic Books

  1. FeynmanJim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick, First Second, New York, 2011. (review)
  2. All my friends are still deadAvery Monsen and Jory John, Chronicle Books, 2012.
  3. All my friends are deadAvery Monsen and Jory John, Chronicle Books, 2010.
  4. Logicomix: An Epic Search for TruthApostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou (Art by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna), Bloomsbury, 2009.
  5. Peanuts: The misfortunes of Charlie Brown, Charles M. Schulz, Hodder and Stoughton, 1978.
  6. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic BombJonathan Fetter-Vorm, Hill and Wang, 2013.
  7. A boy named Charlie BrownCharles M. Schulz, Brockhampton Press, 1970.
  8. The New Yorker 1950-1955 Album, Hamish Hamilton, 1955.
  9. Masters of AbstractionPeter Badge, Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation, 2015.

Poetry

  1. Away from ShoreMary McCormack Deka, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.
  2. ** The Eve of St AgnesJohn Keats, Penguin Books, 2015.