Books every Indian should read in his early twenties

According to me, if you are in your early twenties and looking for some enlightening books, you must read following books. I strongly believe ten years from now, you will attribute a lot of your success to some of these books. Having read all of them and being influenced by every one of them, I call myself fortunate that I had a company of these great books when I needed them most. I have given online link of every book from where they can be purchased.
I hope you find them useful.
Best wishes.

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography 1st Edition – If you are an Indian, in your early twenties then you must read this book.
This book is an autobiographical novel that tells the  readers a story about unlocking their inner potential. APJ Abdul Kalam does a  great deal to throw light on his journey to igniting the fire within  himself. This book is divided into seven parts. This is then followed by an Orientation, which  contains a quote from the Atharva Veda. After that, the readers are  also enlightened on the incidents that made Kalam what he is today.

  • Unposted Letter – is a collection of short articles that contains deep and profound  reflections on many topics related to life, work, situations, and  attitudes. Each page contains ideas and concepts that can change your view on many things and make your life richer and more  enjoyable. A good read recommended for young readers.

 

  • Letters From a Father to His Daughter – These letters reflect on a variety of topics. Starting from  natural history, the beginning of the earth, and evolution to the varied races of the world, the genetic make-up, the  differences in communities, and races, how these races were formed, and  why people look different. Book also touches upon the topic of civilizations. It discusses the  ancient civilizations, the great cities of ancient times, the origin of  language and religion, the growth of mankind, and the changes in  religion and its current manifestations. Nehru also elaborately  discusses the history of India, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the  great kings of the past and their kingdoms.

 

 

  • Gitanjali – One of the greatest writers in modern India, Rabindranath Tagore became  the first Indian to be awarded the Nobel Prize, which he received for  his outstanding contribution to Literature. Known for his elegant prose  and magical poetry, Gitanjali captures the essence of Tagore’s poetic  spirit. The poetry of Tagore is soothing to the spirit of the  person who reads it. These poems look at the deepest and the most  spiritual aspects of life with a simplicity and grace that touch your  soul. They encourage you to look at the world around, in a fresh light,  and experience the beauty of creation.

 

Siddhartha – Siddhartha’ is a novel by Hermann Hesse which deals with  the spiritual journey of an Indian boy called Siddhartha during the time  of the Buddha. The book was written in German, in a simple, yet  powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse  had spent some time in India in the 1910s. The story revolves  around a young man who leaves his home and family on a quest for the  Truth. Embarking on a journey that takes him from the austerities of  renunciation to the profligacy of wealth. That leads him through the  range of human experiences from hunger and want, to passion, pleasure,  pain, greed, yearning, boredom, love, despair and hope. A journey that  leads finally to the river, where he gains peace and eventually wisdom.  This is the story of Siddhartha as told by Nobel Laureate Hermann Hesse  in his most influential work.

Suryoday Mar-Apr 2014 Drive

More information about Mission Suryoday here.
As a part of Mission Suryoday Jan-Feb 2014 drive, we visited Mohri Village. And donated ten solar lamps. Mohri is only 70 KM away from Pune (one of the developed cities in India and a major IT and Automobile hub). This village is untouched by electricity till date. Michael Faraday, Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla and countless other scientists invented electricity in 18th century with the dream that this invention would change the course of humanity and humanity will take a next giant leap towards evolution. Almost after 200 years of those inventions, they have now become an integral part of most of the humanity.

Still it is hard to believe that a significant number of humans lack an access to electricity. Rather I would say: they lack an access to basic life need. A life essential named “Light”.
Yes Mohri and countless other villagers still spend half of their time in darkness. Now it will be more appropriate to say that they “were spending” half of their time in darkness. After Mission Suryoday’s Jan-Feb 2014 drive, we promised Mohri villagers that we will come back with more lamps, with sufficient lamps to bring light to every home of Mohri Village. And we fulfilled that promise. Team Suryoday bought light to every resident of Mohri village plus an adjacent village named Singapur. By donating 24 more solar lamps on 30 March 2014, we bought light to every home of Mohri and Singapur.
When we talked with past beneficiaries, they expressed their happiness by showering blessings on team Suryoday. According to villagers, these lamps are way better than conventional kerosene lamps, chimneys etc. One lady was quick in estimating the money they saved because of solar lamps, according to her she have saved around ₹ 200 in two months. Notable fact here is that average monthly income of villagers is ₹ 500 per month. So saving ₹ 100 is as good as 20% more saving every month. Which they can utilize in more important expenses.

Team Suryoday is extremely happy to announce that, we have bought Faraday, Edison, Tesla’s innovation to two more villages.  And now ready to leap ahead for more work.

Along with Solar lamps, we carried out donation of used but usable clothes, stationary and other life essentials to the needy. Thanks to all donors, we had real hard time in lifting all those heavy bags full of clothes to the village ;) As this village does not have all motorable road, one need to leave his vehicle around 700 meters before village and need to walk.
Team Suryoday is thankful to all volunteers, supporters, donors, well-wishers and critics. It is because of them all, we are growing as a team to do more good work. And to bring light to more lives.

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List of beneficiaries (In Marathi)
1. विठाबाई किसन मोरे
2. धाकलु जाणू कचरे
3. रामा कोंडीबा कचरे
4. धोंडू लखू कचरे
5. रामा दगडू कचरे
6. चील्लू कोंडीबा ढेबे
7. भांबू रामा कचरे
8. पार्वताबाई बाबू मोरे
9. बाळू किसन मोरे
10. शिवाजी बाबू पोटे
11. गोविंद बाबाजी पोटे
12. बाळू बाबाजी पोटे
13. दगडू महिपती मोरे
14. कृष्णा श्रीपती मोरे
15. सरूबाई गेनू मोरे
16. दगडू शंकर मोरे
17. पांडू रामजी मोरे
18. विठ्ठल म्हाळू कचरे
19. श्रीपती गणपत मोरे
20. रामचंद्र गणपत मोरे
21. विमल म्हाळू कचरे
22. सखाराम सांगळे
23. चंद्रकांत तानाजी मोरे
24. शेवामा बाई मोरे

Suryoday Jan-Feb 2014 Drive

More information about Mission Suryoday here.

We are so used to our daily luxuries that, most of us can’t imagine living without them. Be it uninterrupted access to electricity, hundreds of TV channels, good internet connectivity, high config. Mobile phones, you name it. But are we aware that majority of the world population don’t enjoy these seemingly trivial things. Forget about luxuries but most of them don’t get easy access to life’s basic needs.

Through mission Suryoday we are trying to solve a problem of easy, affordable lighting for poor. And (un)fortunately we came to know about one such place which is actually a small hamlet where an access to electricity has not reached. Even after 66 years of independent and republic India these Indians don’t get an access to life’s basic needs. Yes there are villages where electricity has not reached and villagers spend half of their life in darkness.

Mohri Taluka Velhe, Dist. Pune is one such hamlet where villagers don’t know, what electricity means? Average monthly income of villagers is ₹ 500 per month. Govt. has laid down electricity wires and poles, but there is no power. Villagers use small kerosene lamps. That lamp continuously emits soot and lighting it gives is quite inadequate. Due to such low or almost absent light, half of their day is spent in darkness. Their children can’t study in the evening. And evening is often a preferred study time. Student’s entire day is spent in school. They walk 4-5 km. to and from school every day.

No lighting often means facing hazardous accidents like falling, burning, snake/scorpion/insect bites. In short an access to light is an essential life need for them not a luxury like us.

My Friend Mr. Vikram Bhimbar is an avid trekker and a socially responsible citizen. Vikram is also part of team Suryoday. While doing a trekking around Mohri village he realized the pain of villagers and instantly he advised us to donate few lamps to the villagers of Mohri through mission Suryoday. Team Suryoday agreed to arrange 10 solar lamps initially and more lamps in future donation drives if needed.

Our Jan-Feb 2014 lamp donation drive is performed at Mohri and we are very happy that we were able to bring smiles on the faces of villagers by trying to solve one small hardship they face every day.

Team Suryoday wishes all the happiness to Mohri villagers and prays for the bright future of their children.

Suryoday Jan-Feb 2014 beneficiaries.

Suryoday Jan-Feb 2014 beneficiaries.

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Location: Vilage Mohri, Taluka Velhe, Dist. Pune.

List of beneficiaries: Jan-Feb 2014 drive.

  1. फुलाबाई जाणू कचरे.
  2. दगडू रामा कचरे.
  3. बाळू रामा कचरे.
  4. बबन रामा कचरे.
  5. सोनाबाई लक्ष्मण ढेबे.
  6. कोंडीबा म्हाळू कचरे.
  7. रामभाऊ भांबू थेबे.
  8. बाळू किसन मोरे.
  9. मालू भागू कचरे.
  10. बखूबाई धोंडीबा ढेबे.

Suryoday-Dec 2013 Drive

More information about Mission Suryoday here.

Our Dec-2013 beneficiaries are students from a remote part of Nashik district. Our friend Mr. Yogesh Janrao is a teacher at the school located at Dheku, Taluka. Nandgaon, Dist. Nashik. And he requested us to donate few lamps in his school.

Mr. Yogesh helped us in identifying few students who are really good at academics and do not get an access to uninterrupted electricity. So we donated four solar lamps to four students at his school.

Mission Suryoday team prays for their Bright future.

Student’s Names:

L to R: Rohit Dharma Chavan, Jivan Nivrutti Rathod A/P-Dheku Tal: Nandgaon Dist-Nashik.

L to R: Rohit Dharma Chavan, Jivan Nivrutti Rathod A/P-Dheku Tal: Nandgaon Dist-Nashik.

L to R : Jalindar bhausaheb pawar, Vikas Ganesh Chavan. A/P Jategaon

L to R : Jalindar bhausaheb pawar, Vikas Ganesh Chavan. A/P Jategaon

Books that shaped my year: 2013

So 2013 is ending and it’s time we introspect and look back at the year. Many of us read the best books/movies/etc lists. So this time I decided to compile a list of books that shaped me in year 2013. These are books which have left a deep impact on me. In my constant strive of the self enhancement, these books have helped me to reach the next level of self evolution. So here is the list:

1. Daring Greatly.

This book is a great resource which helped me in accepting my imperfections. To embrace vulnerability and encouraged me to live the life wholeheartedly.It is written by Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown. After the great success of her ted talk The power of vulnerability she compiled her work in this book. I recommend it highly to those who are looking for more and better ways of Living.

2. Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

Susan Cain, author of Quiet is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant — and a self-described introvert. At least one-third of the people who live on our planet are introverts, notes Cain in her book. Although our culture undervalues them dramatically, introverts have made some of the great contributions to society – from Chopin’s nocturnes to the invention of the personal computer to Gandhi’s transformative leadership. Cain argues that we design our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions for extroverts, and that this bias creates a waste of talent, energy, and happiness. Based on intensive research in psychology and neurobiology and on prolific interviews, she also explains why introverts are capable of great love and great achievement, not in spite of their temperaments — but because of them.

Being born, raised and grown introvert, this book greatly helped me in overcoming inferiority complex that was born because of being labeled as Introvert.

3. Willpower : Rediscovering Our Greatest Strength

For years the old-fashioned, even Victorian, value of willpower has been disparaged by psychologists who argued that we’re largely driven by unconscious forces beyond our control. Here Roy Baumeister, one of the world’s most esteemed and influential psychologists, and journalist John Tierney, turn this notion on its head. They show us that willpower is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice and improved over time. The latest laboratory work shows that self-control has a physical basis to it and so is dramatically affected by simple things such as eating and sleeping – to the extent that a life-changing decision may go in different directions depending on whether it’s made before or after lunch. You will discover how babies can be taught willpower, the joys of the to-don’t list, the success of Alcoholics Anonymous, the pointlessness of diets and the secrets to David Blaine’s stunts. There are also fascinating personal stories, from explorers, students, soldiers, ex-addicts and parents.

4. This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking

This Will Make You Smarter presents brilliant ideas to expand every mind. What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to the world’s most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world.

5. Swaraj by Arvind Kejriwal

Swaraj is a book published in English and Hindi by Arvind Kejriwal, a social activist-turned-politician. Kejriwal questions the present establishment of the democratic framework in India and proposes a way in which he thinks that the people, the opinion makers and the political establishment of India can achieve true Swaraj (self-rule). Book is available for free download here in English and here in Hindi.

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How our body language shapes who we are.

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

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How our body language shapes who we are.

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