caught between studying and merging with the effervescent, amoral landscape he's describing. Thakore's second book of poems, 'Elephant Bathing', is hugely pleasurable for its formal accomplishment, its wry
cosmopolitanism, and for the poised way it carries, and is animated by, the painful stamp of human personality," writer-academic Chaudhuri told PTI.
Diplomat Vikas Swarup, whose novel "Q&A" was adapted into the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire", liked reading "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan, "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson and "The Emperor of All Maladies" by Siddhartha Mukherjee, which is "not just a biography of cancer but a literary mystery about the excitement and thrill of scientific discovery".
Anita Nair, the author of "The Better Man", "Ladies Coupe", "Mistress" and "Lessons in Forgetting" listed "The Slap" by Christos Tsiolkas, "The Invention of Everything Else" by Samantha Hunt and "The Book of Barbosa" by Duartes Barbosa as her top three reads for the year.
Jahnavi Barua, whose novel "Rebirth" was nominated for the 2012 Commonwealth Prize and Man Asian Booker Prize in 2011, liked Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka's multiple-award winning "Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep
Mathew", Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole's "Open City" and Janice Pariat's collection of stories "Boats on Land".
Jerry Pinto, writer of "Em and the Big Hoom", enjoyed Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo's voluminous and brave collection of poems - "These My Words: The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry".
"It was lovely to see, within one set of covers, voices from all four corners of the subcontinent and from all strata of society," he says.
Thriller fiction writer Ashwin Sanghi liked "Joseph Anton: A Memoir" by Salman Rushdie, "Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan" by Dalrymple and Brian Weiss' "Miracles Happen: The Transformational Healing Power of Past Life Memories".
Delhi-based German author Roswitha Joshi enjoyed reading "Lucknow Boy" by Vinod Mehta, "Durbar" by Tavleen Singh and "Get to the Top" by Suhel Seth.
"All of them are very informative and written in a spunky style, spiced up by personal anecdotes that not only say a lot about events and the personalities involved in them but the authors and their mental make-up as well. After my recent