Books That Touched My Soul

Reading books and travelling are the two activities which fill up the hunger and quench the thirst for my soul. I already have written about Solo Travel before so this time thought to pen down my thoughts about some books which touched my soul in last few years:

Language: English

The Shooting Star – Shivya Nath: A travel memoir of a girl, her backpack and the world.

Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami: Hypnotic, Magical and Addictive novel from a Japanese writer.

An Elephant in my Kitchen – Francois Malby – Anthony: A magical book about African bush and a deep dive into the life of Thula Thula wildlife reserve.

Totto-Chan – Tetsuko Kuroyanagi: An autobiographical memoir and quick read about the values of the unconventional education system. Highly recommended for folks involved with educational sector.

Like A Virgin – Richard Branson: One of the best books I have read on Management Lessons.

Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After – Bella DePaulo: The title says it all.

Scaling Global Change – Erin Ganju, Cory Heyman: Journey of Room to Read. A guide on how to scale a social enterprise without compromising core values.

Ethical Dilemmas of a Civil Servant – Anil Swarup: Is ethics important? Does honesty pay? How and where to draw a line as a civil servant? Highly recommended for civil service aspirants.

Utopia for Realists – Rutger Bregman: Can we end poverty? Is fifteen-hour work week possible? Does philanthropy help? Does your job ‘create’ wealth or just ‘shift’? – and much more.

The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein: A beautiful story written from a dog’s perspective. Ever thought what it’s like in the mind of a dog?

I Too Had a Dream – Dr. Verghese Kurien: Story of Amul. Recommended read for every development sector professional.

A Century is Not Enough – Sourav Ganguli: A roller coaster ride with full of positive quotes to pump up your life.

And last but not the least

Gyaan: Love life Live life – Bhaumik Shah: I still keep revisiting this book whenever I feel low in life 😊

English

Language: Gujarati

Pila Rumal ni Ganth – Harkisan Mehta: Amazing thriller. Gives a fair idea about the ‘Thag’ community and its looting style that prevailed in India during British rule.

Saat Pagla Aakashma – Kundanika Kapadia: Controversial, bold, thought provoking and courageous masterpiece. Inspiring struggle of a middle-class woman to become independent, free and live life own her own way.

Jai ho! – Jay Vasavda: Selected articles on Motivation, Failure, Dream, Success, Life, Love.

Bhedi Tapu – Jules Verne: Gujarati translation of Jules Verne’s novel Mysterious Island.

Bakshinama – Chandrakant Bakshi: An autobiography. Honest, brutal and straight from the heart.

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The list certainly doesn’t end here. There are many more which I very much enjoyed reading. However, these are the some I can come up with at any moment if you ask me about the books that touched my soul.

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