Most Important Books and Authors with PDF UPSC | SSC | IB | SBI | IBPS | RRB

Most Important Books and Authors with PDF UPSC | SSC | IB | SBI | IBPS | RRB




Books and Authors PDF (Updated – Jan 2019)

Most Important & Famous Books of 2018-19 (Updated: June 2019)

  1. Healed – Manisha Koirala
  2. Game Changer – Shahid Afridi
  3. Celestial Bodies – Jokha Alharthi
  4. India Positive – Chetan Bhagat
  5. My Seditious Heart – Arundhati Roy
  6. My Life, My Mission – Swami Ramdev
  7. Gun Island – Amitav Ghosh
  8. Lessons Life Taught Me, Unknowingly – Anupam Kher
  9. Rafale:fighter aircraft scam – S Vijayan
  10. The Third Pillar – Raghuram Rajan
  11. Those Magnificent Women and Their Flying Machines – Minnie Vaid
  12. Bihar Diaries – Amit Lodha
  13. Sansad Se Sarak Tak – Dhoomil
  14. The Blind Lady’s Descendants – Anees Salim
  15. Post Box No. 203 – Nala Sopara – Chitra Mudgal
  16. We Are Displaced – Malala Yousafzai
  17. India Unmade – Yashwant Sinha
  18. Feisty at Fifty – Sudha Menon
  19. The Rule Breakers – Preeti Shenoy
  20. Bebak Baat – Vijay Goel
  21. A Rural Manifesto – Varun Gandhi
  22. Changing India – Manmohan Singh
  23. Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy – Arvind Subramanian
  24. Blue Waters Ahoy! – Anup Singh
  25. Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  26. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder – Caroline Fraser
  27. Milkman – Anna Burns
  28. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  29. The Girl in Room 105 – Chetan Bhagat
  30. The Power of your Subconscious Mind – Joseph Murphy
  31. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  32. A Suitable Girl – Vikram Seth
  33. Life’s Amazing Secrets: How to Find Balance and Purpose in Your Life – Gaur Gopal Das
  34. Becoming – Michelle Obama
  35. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  36. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma
  37. Pyjamas are Forgiving – Twinkle Khanna
  38. Who Will Cry When You Die? – Robin Sharma
  39. Brief Answers to the Big Questions – Stephen Hawking
  40. The Theory of Everything – Stephen Hawking
  41. Straight Talk – Abhishek Manu Singhvi
  42. Why I Am a Hindu – Shashi Tharoor
  43. The Diary of a Domestic Diva – Shilpa Shetty
  44. Triple Talaq: Examining Faith – Salman Khurshid
  45. Why I am Hindu – Shashi Tharoor
  46. The Paradoxical Prime Minister – Shashi Tharoor
  47. Yoga and Mindfulness – Mansi Gulati

Biographies / Autobiographies / Memoir

  • Lessons Life Taught Me, Unknowingly – Anupam Kher
  • My Life, My Mission – Swami Ramdev
  • Game Changer – Shahid Afridi
  • A Century Is Not Enough – Sourav Ganguly
  • Imperfect – Sanjay Manjrekar
  • Straight from the Heart – Kapil Dev
  • No Spin – Shane Warne
  • 281 and Beyond – VVS Laxman
  • Unbreakable – Mary Kom
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • Citizen Delhi: My Times, My Life – Sheila Dikshit
  • Wings of Fire – Dr. Kalam
  • Story Of my Experiments with truth – Mahatma Gandhi
  • An Autobiography – Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Playing It My Way – Sachin Tendulkar
  • The Bandit Queen Of India – Phoolan Devi
  • The Red Sari – Sonia Gandhi
  • I Am Malala, We Are Displaced – Malala Yousafzai
  • The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama
  • Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
  • The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • The Test Of My Life – Yuvraj singh
  • Sunny Days – Sunil Gavaskar
  • The Race of My Life – Milkha Singh

Most Important Books of All Time for Various Government Exams

  1. Exam Warriors – Narendra Modi
  2. The Coalition Years – Pranab Mukherjee
  3. I Do What I Do – Raghuram Rajan
  4. Hit Refresh – Satya Nadella
  5. Unstoppable: My Life So Far – Maria Sharapova
  6. The Shershah of Kargil – Deepak Surana
  7. Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature – Jairam Ramesh
  8. Matoshree – Sumitra Mahajan
  9. What Happened – Hillary Clinton
  10. An Unsuitable Boy – Karan Johar
  11. The Perils of Being Moderately Famous – Soha Ali Khan
  12. On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin
  13. The Discovery Of India – Jawaharlal Nehru
  14. Two Lives – Vikram Seth
  15. Geetanjali – Rabindranath Tagore
  16. The Diary of a young girl – Anne Frank
  17. A brief history of time – Stephen Hawking
  18. Train to Pakistan – Khushwant Singh
  19. The Audacity Of hope – Barack Obama
  20. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  21. The Inheritance of Loss, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard – Kiran Desai
  22. Nehru: The Invention of India – Shashi Tharoor
  23. Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, 2 States, Revolution 2020, Half Girlfriend, One Indian Girl, The Girl in Room 105 – Chetan Bhagat
  24. The God of Small Things, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy
  25. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  26. First Trilogy on Malgudi (Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, The English Teacher), Mr. Sampath, The Financial Expert, The Guide – RK Narayan
  27. The Namesake, The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
  28. The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke – Amitav Ghosh
  29. Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, The Oath of the Vayuputras), Ram Chandra Series (Scion of Ikshvaku, Sita: Warrior of Mithila, Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta), Immortal India – Amish Tripathi
  30. Anandamath – Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

Jnanpith Award

Highest literary award in India, which is conferred every year by Bhartiya Jnanpith to any one author (who writes in Indian Languages or in English) for their outstanding contribution towards literature. Amitav Ghosh is the first writer in English to win a Jnanpith Award.

At present, the award is only conferred for the works published in the last twenty years.

  • 2018 Winner: Amitav Ghosh (English)
  • 2017 Winner: Krishna Sobti (Hindi)
  • 1965 Winner: G. Sankara Kurup (Malayalam)

Sahitya Akademi Award

The second-highest literary honor in India.

Aim: “promoting Indian literature throughout the world”

The Akademi annually confers on writers of “the most outstanding books of literary merit”. The awards are given for works published in any of the 24 languages recognised by the Akademi. Instituted in 1954, the award recognizes and promotes excellence in writing and acknowledge new trends.

  • 2018 Winner: Anees Salim (English) for The Blind Lady’s Descendants
  • 2017 Winner: Mamang Dai (English) for The Black Hill
  • 1960 Winner: R K Narayan (English) for The Guide
  • 2018 Winner: Chitra Mudgal (Hindi) for Post Box No. 203 – Nala Sopara
  • 2017 Winner: Ramesh Kuntal Megh (Hindi) for Vishw Mithak Sarit Sagar
  • 1955 Winner: Makhanlal Chaturvedi (Hindi) for Him Tarangini

International Booker Prize (formerly Man Booker International Prize)

  • 2019 – Jokha Alharthi (Oman) – Celestial Bodies novel in Arabic
  • 2005 – Ismail Kadare received first Man Booker International Prize

Booker Prize for Fiction (formerly Man Booker Prize)

YearWriterBook/NovelCountry
2018Anna BurnsMilkmanNorthern Ireland
2017George SaundersLincoln in the BardoUS
2008Aravind AdigaThe White TigerIndia
2006Kiran DesaiThe Inheritance of LossIndia
1997Arundhati RoyThe God of Small ThingsIndia
1981Salman RushdieMidnight’s ChildrenIndia then UK
1969P. H. NewbySomething to Answer ForUK

In 1993, to celebrate the 25th anniversary, Booker of Bookers Prize was given to Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

In 2008, to celebrate the 40th anniversary, Best of the Booker was awarded to Midnight’s Children

In 2018, to celebrate the 50th anniversary, the Golden Man Booker was awarded to Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient.

Pulitzer Prize

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2019)

2018 – Richard PowersThe Overstory

Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction (2019)

2018 – Eliza GriswoldAmity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

Important Books and Authors of Ancient India

  • Indica: Megasthenes
  • Natyashastra: (Sage) Bharata
  • Rajatarangini (River of Kings): Kalhana
  • Panchatantra: Vishnu Sharma
  • Astadhyayi (‎Classical Sanskrit‎): Panini
  • Arthashastra: Chanakya (aka Kautilya or Vishnugupta)
  • Charaka Samhita: Charaka
  • Kama Sutra: Vatsyayana
  • Pancasiddhantika, Brihat-Samhita: Varahamihira
  • Aryabhatiya‎, Arya-siddhanta: Aryabhata
  • Malavikagnimitram (Pertaining to Malavika and Agnimitra), Abhijnanasakuntalam (Of the recollection of Shakuntala), Vikramorvasiyam (Pertaining to Vikrama and Urvashi): Kalidasa
  • Mahabhasya: Patanjali
  • Naishadha Charita: Sriharsha
  • Ratnavali, Nagananda and Priyadarsika: Harshavardhana
  • Sushruta Samhita: Susruta
  • Siddhanta Shiromani (Crown of Treatises) [Divided into four parts called Lilāvatī, Bijaganita, Grahaganita and Goladhyaya] – Bhaskara II (Bhaskaracharya)
  • Mudraraksasa (The Signet of the Minister) – Vishakhadatta
  • Kathasaritsagara (Ocean of the Streams of Stories) – Somadeva
  • Prashnottara Ratnamalika – Amoghavarsha I
  • Svapnavasavadattam (The dream of Vasavadatta) – Bhasa
  • Buddhacharita (Acts of the Buddha) – Asvaghoṣa
  • Amarakosa – Amarasimha
  • Gatha Saptasati (Gaha Kosha) – Hala
  • Nitisara – Kamandaka
  • Mrcchakatika (The Little Clay Cart) – Sudraka
  • Gita Govinda (Song of Govinda) – Jayadeva

Know about some Important Indian Authors

APJ Abdul Kalam

  • India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium
  • Wings of Fire: An Autobiography
  • Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India
  • Target 3 Billion
  • Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji

Shashi Tharoor

FictionNon-Fiction
The Great Indian Novel (1989)India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997)
The Five Dollar Smile and Other Stories (1990)Bookless in Baghdad (2005)
Show Business (1992)Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century (2012)
Riot (2001)An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India (2016)
Why I Am A Hindu (2018)
The Paradoxical Prime Minister (2018)
Nehru: The Invention of India (2018)

Chetan Bhagat

  • The biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history
  • Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Kai Po Che! at the 59th Filmfare Awards on January 2014
FictionNon-Fiction
Five Point Someone (2004)What Young India Wants (2012)
One Night @ the Call Center (2005)Making India Awesome (2015)
The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008)
2 States (2009)
Revolution 2020 (2011)
Half Girlfriend (2014)
One Indian Girl (2016)
The Girl in Room 105 (2018)

Arundhati Roy

Roy was awarded the 1997 Booker Prize for her novel The God of Small Things

FictionNon-Fiction
The God of Small Things (1997)The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2002)
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017)Public Power in the Age of Empire (2004)
The Shape of the Beast: Conversations with Arundhati Roy (2008)
Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy (2010)
Kashmir: The Case for Freedom (2011)

Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be “the best novel of all winners” on two separate occasions, marking the 25th and the 40th anniversary of the prize.

R. K. Narayan

An Indian writer known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi.

First Trilogy on Malgudi

  • Swami and Friends (1935)
  • The Bachelor of Arts (1937)
  • The English Teacher (1945)

Other Novels

  • The Dark Room (1938)
  • Mr. Sampath (1948)
  • The Financial Expert (1952)
  • Waiting for the Mahatma (1955)
  • The Guide (1958)
  • The Vendor of Sweets (1967)
  • The Painter of Signs (1977)
  • Talkative Man (1986)
  • The World of Nagaraj (1990)
  • Grandmother’s Tale (1992)

Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Her debut collection of short stories Interpreter of Maladies (1999) won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and her first novel, The Namesake (2003), was adapted into the popular film of the same name.
  • Her second story collection Unaccustomed Earth (2008) won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, while her second novel, The Lowland (2013), was a finalist for both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction.
NovelsShort Stories Collection
The Namesake (2003)Interpreter of Maladies (1999)
The Lowland (2013)Unaccustomed Earth (2008)

Amitav Ghosh

The Circle of Reason won the Prix Médicis étranger, one of France’s top literary awards. The Shadow Lines won the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for 1997. Sea of Poppies was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. It was the co-winner of the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in 2009, as well as co-winner of the 2010 Dan David Prize. River of Smoke was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2011. The government of India awarded him the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 2007. He also received – together with Margaret Atwood – the Israeli Dan David Prize.

Ghosh famously withdrew his novel The Glass Palace from consideration for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, where it was awarded the best novel in the Eurasian section, citing his objections to the term “commonwealth” and the unfairness of the English language requirement specified in the rules.

Novels

  • The Circle of Reason (1986)
  • The Shadow Lines (1988)
  • The Calcutta Chromosome (1995)
  • The Glass Palace (2000)
  • The Hungry Tide (2004)
  • Sea of Poppies (2008)
  • River of Smoke (2011)
  • Flood of Fire (2015)

Amish Tripathi

  • The Shiva Trilogy was the fastest selling book series in Indian publishing history.
  • Ram Chandra Series was the second fastest selling book series in Indian publishing history.
  • Sita: Warrior of Mithila was the highest selling Novel of 2017
  • Forbes India has ranked Amish among the top 100 celebrities in India in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017
Shiva TrilogyRam Chandra Series
The Immortals of Meluha (2010)Scion of Ikshvaku (2015)
The Secret of the Nagas (2011)Sita: Warrior of Mithila (2017)
The Oath of the Vayuputras (2013)Raavan: Orphan of Aryavarta (2018)

He has also written Immortal India (2017), a non-fiction book.


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