In this post, we list some ‘talked about’ books by Indian authors during 2009.
Books hold a special place in every book lover’s heart for their special ability – they engage. Unfortunately for this author – Jaswant Singh, a former Minister who has held Defence, Finance and External Affairs during his tenure as a politician, his book did one thing best: Enrage. It suggested that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s policies was responsible (not Jinnah, as our history books claim) for partition. Predictably, it created a political firestorm and in the aftermath, the author lost his membership in the BJP and the party lost much credibility & face!
In spite of the numerous challenges that India faces, what makes the country overcome it all on the road to becoming one of the world’s economic superpower is the central premise of this book by Mr. Kamal Nath, another politician who has held many portfolios, but best known for one – Union Minister for Commerce and Industry.
Similar thoughts & more ideas for India’s future were eschewed by this author, Nandan Nilekani, in his book “Imagining India.” They impressed one and all with their power so much so that he was invited by none other than the Prime Minister of India to assume the office of the Chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India – an office created on the rank of a cabinet minister – to head an ambitious project that is slated to touch the lives of every Indian, particularly giving the poor.
Talking about touching lives, this author – Gurcharan Das, a former CEO of an FMCG company, delves deep into the Mahabharat to find parallels, and succour to the problems that beset people in these modern times. In his book, ‘The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma’ the author tries to find the answer to the question, ‘why be good?’
Yes, why not indeed?