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 "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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