Books and travel

Books I've read

Fiction Non-Fiction Business & Politics Sci-Fi Biography

2022

Becoming Trader Joe: How I Did Business My Way and Still Beat the Big Guys ~ Joe Coulombe and Patty Civalleri / Convenience Store Woman ~ Sayaka Murata / Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire ~ Alex Von Tunzelmann / Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul ~ Howard Schultz / The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness ~ Eric Jorgenson / The Ambuja Story: How a Group of Ordinary Men Created an Extraordinary Company ~ Narotam Sekhsaria / The Atlas of Reds and Blues: A Novel ~ Devi S. Laskar / The Boy in the Striped Pajamas ~ John Boyne / The Complete Stories, Vol. 1 ~ Isaac Asimov / The Design of Everyday Things ~ Don Norman / Thinking, Fast and Slow ~ Daniel Kahneman / Train to Pakistan ~ Khushwant Singh / Yes, Chef: A Memoir ~ Marcus Samuelsson

2021

A Promised Land ~ Barack Obama / Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Fall of WeWork ~ Reeves Wiedeman / Confessions of a Mask ~ Yukio Mishima / Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India ~ Amish Tripathi / Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days that Launched SpaceX ~ Eric Berger / Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric ~ Thomas Gryta and Ted Mann / No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram ~ Sarah Frier / No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention ~ Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer / Numbers Don't Lie: 71 Stories to Help Us Understand the Modern World ~ Vaclav Smil / Slaughterhouse-Five ~ Kurt Vonnegut / The Bomber Mafia ~ Malcolm Gladwell / The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business ~ Erin Meyer / The Elephant Vanishes ~ Haruki Murakami / The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous ~ Khushwant Singh and Humra Quraishi / The Ministry for the Future ~ Kim Stanley Robinson / The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China ~ Frank Langfitt / The Stranger ~ Albert Camus / World Travel: An Irreverent Guide ~ Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever

2020

1Q84 ~ Haruki Murakami / A Memory Called Empire ~ Arkady Martine / Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Stay on Top ~ Alex Kantrowitz / Ball Lightning ~ Liu Cixin / Capital: The Eruption of Delhi ~ Rana Dasgupta / Connect the Dots ~ Rashmi Bansal / Exhalation: Stories ~ Ted Chiang / Grinding It Out ~ Ray Kroc / Kafka on the Shore ~ Haruki Murakami / My Gita ~ Devdutt Pattanaik / Normal People ~ Sally Rooney / Norwegian Wood ~ Haruki Murakami / Samsung Rising: The Inside Story of the South Korean Giant That Set Out to Beat Apple and Conquer Tech ~ Geoffrey Cain / Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle ~ Dan Senor and Saul Singer / The Argumentative Indian ~ Amartya Sen / The Kite Runner ~ Khaled Hosseini / The Room Where It Happened ~ John Bolton / The Temptation to Be Happy ~ Lorenzo Marone / The Water Dancer ~ Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Wandering Earth ~ Liu Cixin / The White Tiger ~ Aravind Adiga / Too Big to Fail ~ Andrew Ross Sorkin / Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence ~ Vicki Robin

2019

A House for Mr Biswas ~ V. S. Naipaul / A Princess Remembers ~ Gayatri Devi and Santha Rama Rau / Anthem ~ Ayn Rand / Asymmetry ~ Lisa Halliday / Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe ~ Benjamin Alire Sáenz / Bhujia Barons: The Untold Story of How Haldiram Built a Rs 5000-crore Empire ~ Pavitra Kumar / Business Adventures ~ John Brooks / Creativity Inc. ~ Amy Wallace & Edmund Catmull / Fahrenheit 451 ~ Ray Bradbury / Moby Dick ~ Herman Melville / Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta ~ Amish Tripathi / The Catcher in the Rye ~ J. D. Salinger / The Emergency: A Personal History ~ Coomi Kapoor / The Looming Tower ~ Lawrence Wright / The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company ~ Robert Iger / The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Huges to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History ~ Josh Dean / Tim Cook ~ Leander Kahney / Why Liberalism Failed ~ Patrick J. Deneen / Will Grayson, Will Grayson ~ David Levithan and John Green

2018

A Gentleman in Moscow ~ Amor Towles / A Man Called Ove ~ Fredrick Backman / All the Light We Cannot See ~ Anthony Doerr / An Excess Male ~ Maggie Shen King / Angels & Demons ~ Dan Brown / Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon ~ Jeffrey Kluger / Atlas Shrugged ~ Ayn Rand / Becoming ~ Michelle Obama / China Rich Girlfriend ~ Kevin Kwan / Crazy Rich Asians ~ Kevin Kwan / David Copperfield ~ Charles Dickens / Fire and Fury ~ Michael Wolff / How the World Works ~ Noam Chomsky / Looking for Alaska ~ John Green / Never Let Me Go ~ Kazuo Ishiguro / Rich People Problems ~ Kevin Kwan / Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! ~ Richard Feynman / The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads ~ Tim Wu / The Book Thief ~ Markus Zusak / The Fountainhead ~ Ayn Rand / The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google ~ Scott Gallow / The Inscrutable Americans ~ Anurag Mathur / The Lost Symbol ~ Dan Brown / The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World ~ Pedro Domingos / The Second World War ~ Antony Beevor / The Silk Roads: A New History of the World ~ Peter Frankopan / Turtles All the Way Down ~ John Green / What Happened ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton

2016/17

A Brief History of Time ~ Stephen Hawking / A Fraction of the Whole ~ Steve Toltz / Airport ~ Arthur Hailey / Alibaba's World: How a Remarkable Chinese Company is Changing the Face of Global Business ~ Porter Erisman / An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India ~ Shashi Tharoor / Becoming Steve Jobs ~ Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli / Catching Fire ~ Suzanne Collins / Counting by 7s ~ Holly Goldberg Sloan / Death's End ~ Liu Cixin / Digital Fortress ~ Dan Brown / Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble ~ Daniel Lyons / Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future ~ Ashlee Vance / Forward the Foundation ~ Isaac Asimov / Foundation ~ Isaac Asimov / Foundation and Earth ~ Isaac Asimov / Foundation and Empire ~ Isaac Asmiov / Foundation's Edge ~ Isaac Asimov / Four: A Divergent Collection ~ Veronica Roth / Go Set a Watchman ~ Harper Lee / Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone ~ Greg Shaw, Jill Tracie Nichols, and Satya Nadella / How Google Works ~ Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg / How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company ~ Varun Agarwal / How to Build a Billion Dollar App: Discover the Secrets of the Most Successful Entrepreneurs of Our Time ~ George Berkowski / Jack: Straight From the Gut ~ Jack Welch / Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products ~ Leander Kahney / Life, the Universe and Everything ~ Douglas Adams / Mockingjay ~ Suzanne Collins / Nineteen Eighty-Four ~ George Orwell / Only Time Will Tell ~ Jeffrey Archer / Origin ~ Dan Brown / Outliers: The Story of Success ~ Malcolm Gladwell / Prelude to Foundation ~ Isaac Asimov / Rebel Queen ~ Michelle Moran / Scion of Ikshvaku ~ Amish Tripathi / Second Foundation ~ Isaac Asimov / Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike ~ Phil Knight / Sita - Warrior of Mithila ~ Amish Tripathi / Stay Hungry Stay Foolish ~ Rashmi Bansal / Superforecasting ~ Dan Gardner and Philip E. Tetlock / The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream ~ Barack Obama / The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine ~ Michael Lewis / The Dark Forest ~ Liu Cixin / The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon ~ Brad Stone / The Fault in Our Stars ~ John Green / The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ~ Douglas Adams / The Hunger Games ~ Suzanne Collins / The Immortals of Meluha ~ Amish Tripathi / The Innovators ~ Walter Isaacson / The Oath of the Vayuputras ~ Amish Tripathi / The Racketeer ~ John Grisham/ The Restaurant at the End of the Universe ~ Douglas Adams / The Secret of the Nagas ~ Amish Tripathi / The Sins of the Father ~ Jeffrey Archer / The Three-Body Problem ~ Liu Cixin / The World is Flat ~ Thomas L. Friedman / To the Brink and Back: India's 1991 Story ~ Jairam Ramesh / What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions ~ Randall Munroe / Zero to One ~ Blake Masters and Peter Thiel

Places I've visited

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India

  • Andhra Pradesh / Telangana - Hyderabad
  • Bihar - Barauni, Bodh Gaya, Nalanda, Patna
  • Chattisgarh - Raipur
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu - Silvassa​
  • Delhi NCR
  • Goa
  • Gujarat - Vapi, Surat​
  • Karnataka - Hampi, Mangalore, Manipal, Mulki, Udupi
  • Kerala - Alappuzha, Kochi, Kovalam, Kumarakom, Munnar, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Madhya Pradesh - Indore
  • Maharashtra - Alibag, Bhandardara, Kashid, Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Mumbai, Nasik, Pune, Shirdi
  • Rajasthan - Jaipur
  • Sikkim - Gangtok
  • Tamil Nadu - Kanyakumari, Madurai, Rameswaram
  • Uttar Pradesh - Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Mathura
  • Uttarakhand - Auli, Chamoli, Dehradun, Haridwar, Lucknow, Maletha, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi
  • West Bengal - Darjeeling, Kolkata, Raichak

Around the world

  • France 2002 - Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, Paris
  • Nepal multiple visits - Birgunj, Kathmandu, Lumbini, Siddharthanagar
  • Netherlands 2002 - Amsterdam​
  • Poland 2020 - Kraków​
  • Singapore 2018
  • Slovakia 2020 - Tatranská Lomnica​
  • Switzerland 2002 - Interlaken, Zürich​
  • Turkey 2019 - Cappadocia, Fethiye, İstanbul, Ölüdeniz​
  • United Arab Emirates 2002 - Dubai​
  • United Kingdom 2002 - London​
  • United States of America multiple visits
    2021/22 - Boston, Cleveland, New York City, Ocean City, Pittsburgh, Princeton, San Francisco, Shenandoah National Park, Washington D.C.
    2018 - Cupertino, Princeton, San Jose
    2015 - Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Poconos, Princeton, Washington D.C.
    2007 - Buffalo, Chicago, Duluth, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C.​