I was asked for the South Asian Literary Festival to list my top 3 books:
- Gita – of which Einstein said ‘"When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous."
- Radhakrishnan’s ‘Indian Philosophy’ who said ‘Democracy is a faith in the spiritual possibilities of not a privileged few but of every human being.’
- ‘Remember us once in a while…letters of martyrs’ – ‘Innumerable martyrs made supreme sacrifice to throw away the foreign yoke. This book is a collection of letters written by some of these martyrs to their relatives and comrades. The objective of publishing this book is to bring the fervour of our freedom movement to the youth of today.’
These are very safe choices: you might as well have chosen the Upanishads, Ramayan and Mahabharat! It would be interesting to hear your favourite fictional novels from South Asia. Mine (in no particular order):
“A Fine Balance” – Rohinton Mistry
“A Suitable Boy” – Vikram Seth
“The Glass Palace” – Amitav Ghosh