Title : Malgudi Days
Author: R K Narayan
Genre: Short Stories
Reading Time : 16 Hours

Malgudi Days

R K Narayan was an Indian writer known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He was a leading author of early Indian literature in English along with Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao.

The fictional town of Malgudi was first introduced in Swami and Friends. Narayan’s The Financial Expert was hailed as one of the most original works of 1951 and Sahitya Akademi Award winner The Guide was adapted for film and for Broadway.

Narayan highlights the social context and everyday life of his characters. In a career that spanned over sixty years Narayan received many awards and honours including the AC Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan, India's third and second highest civilian awards. He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India's parliament.

The book Malgudi Days includes 32 stories, all set in the fictional town of Malgudi. Each of the stories portrays a facet of life in Malgudi. The New York Times described the virtue of the book as "everyone in the book seems to have a capacity for responding to the quality of his particular hour. It's an art we need to study and revive."


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Title : The Jungle Book
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Genre: Fable
Reading Time : 16 Hours

The Jungle Book

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired much of his work. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book, Kim, and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King". He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature, and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift". In 1907, at the age of 41, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize and its youngest recipient to date.

The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of short stories. Most of the characters are animals such as Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear, though a principal character is the boy or "man-cub" Mowgli, who is raised in the jungle by wolves. A major theme in the book is abandonment followed by fostering, as in the life of Mowgli. Another important theme is of law and freedom; the stories are not about animal behaviour, still less about the Darwinian struggle for survival, but about human archetypes in animal form. They teach respect for authority, obedience, and knowing one's place in society with "the law of the jungle", but the stories also illustrate the freedom to move between different worlds, such as when Mowgli moves between the jungle and the village.


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Title : The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Genre: Mystery
Reading Time : 20 Hours

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Mark Haddon is an English novelist, best known for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003). He won the Whitbread Award, the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award, Guardian Prize, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize for his work.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as "a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties" living in Swindon, Wiltshire. The boy suffers from Asperger's syndrome and is a difficult child having typical traits and characteristics. He relaxes by groaning and doing math problems in his head, eats red-but not yellow or brown-foods and screams when he is touched. Strange as he may seem, other people are far more of a conundrum to him, for he lacks the intuitive "theory of mind" by which most of us sense what's going on in other people's heads.

When his neighbor's poodle is killed and Christopher is falsely accused of the crime, he decides that he will track down the killer. His investigations lead him to unexpected discovery that changes his life. Though Christopher insists, "This will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them," the novel brims with touching, ironic humor.


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Title : Who Moved My Cheese
Author: Spencer Johnson
Genre: Self-help
Reading Time : 8 Hours

Who Moved My Cheese

Dr Spencer Johnson was an American physician and author, popular for his 1998 self-help or motivational book Who Moved My Cheese?, which recurred on the New York Times Bestseller list for almost 5 years, and on the Publishers Weekly Hardcover nonfiction list for over 200 weeks.

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, is a motivational business fable. The text describes change in one's work and life, and four typical reactions to those changes by two mice and two "little people", during their hunt for cheese. They live in a maze, a representation of one's environment, and look for cheese, representative of happiness and success.

Johnson also wrote the book "Yes" or "No": The Guide to Better Decisions (1992). He co-authored the One Minute Manager series of books with management writer Ken Blanchard. His latest book is Peaks And Valleys.


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Title : The Alchemist
Author:Paolo Coelho
Genre: Adventure
Reading Time : 21 Hours

The Alchemist

Paolo Coelho is a Brazilian novelist, writer and lyricist. He is widely known for “The Alchemist”, which was originally written in Portuguese. It has been translated and published in English in 1993.

The Alchemist follows the journey of a shepherd boy named Santiago who dreams that he will discover a treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. The book is about his adventures as he goes about in search of the treasure.

Santiago’s journey teaches us about the wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the signs along life’s path, and following our dreams.


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Title : My Man Jeeves
Author:P G Wodehouse
Genre: Humour
Reading Time : 21 Hours

My Man Jeeves

My Man Jeeves is a collection of short-stories. Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (P G Wodehouse) was an English author known for novels and short stories with elaborate plots, and for a unique writing style based on a combination of very formal language, references to classical literature, and contemporary club-room slang. Extensive usage of similes, metaphors, epithets and clichés make for very interesting reading. This book will introduce the reader to a unique style of British humor.

The stories in this collection are built around Bertie Wooster and his resourceful and wise valet, Jeeves, who provides suggestions whenever Bertie or his friends are in trouble.

PG Wodehouse, though well known for his novels and short stories, was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies.


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Title : The Time Machine
Author:H G Wells
Genre: Science Fiction
Reading Time : 25 Hours

The Time Machine

H G Wells was an English writer, popularly known as “Father of Science Fiction”. His other popular science fiction works include “The Island of Doctor Moreau”, “The Invisible Man” and “The War of the Worlds”. He has written books in multiple genres like short stories, novels, social commentary, biography, satire.

The Time Machine is based on the concept of “time travel” where the operator uses a vehicle to travel purposefully into a time in the future and return. The term “time machine” coined by H G Wells is now commonly used to describe this concept. This novel describes the time travel and the adventurous experiences of a scientist and inventor who has invented such a machine. He comes across some imaginary characters that will transport the reader to a world of fantasy.


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Title : The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Author:Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery
Reading Time : 25 Hours

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie was an English writer, well-known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.

'The Mysterious Affair at Styles' is a murder mystery and Agatha Christie introduces the detective Hercule Poirot, Inspector Japp and Arthur Hastings in this book. Murder occurs in a country house and the potential suspects are limited by the circumstances and they are all concealing secrets. Death occurs due to poison, and the detective gathers all the suspects together one final time to unveil the solution to the mystery.


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Title : Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Author:R L Stevenson
Genre: R L Stevenson
Reading Time : 18 Hours

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson was a British novelist, poet, essayist, musician and travel writer. Some of his most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, published in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson, is about a man who transforms between two personae: Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde. The novel has some horror elements of persona-changing potions, murders, and eventual suicide. The novel is frequently interpreted as an examination of the duality of human nature, usually expressed as an inner struggle between good and evil. It shows how the thoughts and desires banished to the unconscious mind motivate the behaviour of the conscious mind. The novel had a major impact on the English language, with the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" referring to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good, but sometimes shockingly evil instead.


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Title : The Hound of the Baskervilles
Author:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Mystery
Reading Time : 22 Hours

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and more than fifty short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the four crime novels featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case.


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Title : Animal Farm
Author:George Orwell
Genre: Fable
Reading Time : 16 Hours

Animal Farm

George Orwell, was an English novelist and essayist, journalist and critic, whose work is characterized by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism. In addition to Animal Farm, he has written books like Nineteen Eighty-Four, Coming up for air, Homage to Catalonia and other books.

Animal Farm is an allegorical novel by George Orwell. The fable reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell believed that the Soviet Union had become a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality and enforced by a reign of terror. Orwell wrote the book between November 1943 and February 1944, when the UK was in its wartime alliance with the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany and the British people and intelligentsia held Stalin in high esteem, a phenomenon Orwell hated.


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Title : The Gift of the Magi and other stories
Author:O. Henry
Genre: O. Henry
Reading Time : 19 Hours

The Gift of the Magi and other stories

O. Henry is the pen name of William Sidney Porter, the American writer who worked on a Texas ranch, then as a bank teller in Austin, then as a reporter for the Houston & "Post".Adversity struck,however, when he was indicted for embezzlement of bank funds. Porter was tried, convicted and imprisoned for the crime. In prison he began writing stories of Central America and the American Southwest that soon became popular with magazine readers. After his release Porter moved to New York City, where he continued writing stories under the pen name O.Henry.

The work of O. Henry has delighted readers with its humor, irony and colorful, real-life settings. This is a collection of sixteen of his best stories. It includes classics of the genre such as & "The Gift of the Magi", "The Last Leaf", "The Ransom of Red Chief", "The Voice of the City "and "The Cop and the Anthem".


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Title : Turning Points – A journey through challenges
Author:A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Genre: Non-Fiction
Reading Time : 20 Hours

Turning Points – A journey through challenges

APJ Abdul Kalam was an aerospace scientist who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied Physics and Aerospace Engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space programme and military missile development efforts. Kalam has written many books - Wings of Fire, Ignited Minds, India 2020, You are born to blossom, Inspiring Thoughts, Forge Your Future, Advantage India, Turning Points and many more.

In Turning Points - A journey through Challenges, Kalam writes about his stint in Rashtrapati Bhavan, with details of his meetings with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other political leaders on many occasions.


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