Bestsellers of 2009

Bestsellers of 2009

Bestsellers of 2009


2 States: The Story of My Marriage
Chetan Bhagat
Rupa, 2009, pp 269, Rs 95

Krish and Ananya,  who are from two different states in India,  are deeply in love and want to get married. Sadly, their parents do not agree to the union. To convert their love story into a love marriage, the book explores their struggles to convince their respective parents, highlighting the issue of inter-caste marriages in India.  

The Lost Symbol
Dan Brown
Bantam Press, 2009, pp 509, Rs 699 

Brilliant Harvard professor Robert Langdon finds himself in a predicament that requires his vast knowledge of symbology and superior problem-solving skills to save the day. The pace of the book is relentless and there is an endless parade of intriguing factoids that will make you feel like you are spending the afternoon with Robert Langdon and the guys from Mythbusters.

Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
Henry Holt & Co, 2009, pp 651, Rs 399 

In this novel based in the 1520s, Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest
Stieg Larsson
MacLehose, 2009, pp 602, Rs 495

Lisbeth Salander — the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels — is in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital where she is fighting for her life. When she’s well enough, she’ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will have to prove her innocence and identify corrupt politicians who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse. And, on her own, she will plot her revenge against the man who tried to kill her and the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.


Imagining India
Nandan Nilekani
Penguin, 2009, pp 544, Rs 699

Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani offers an original perspective on India’s past, present and future. Looking closely at the country’s recent history, he discusses how our early socialist policies, despite good intentions, stifled growth and weakened democracy and how information technology is revolutionising not just business but also governance in the everyday life of a vast majority of Indians.
The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma
Gurcharan Das
Penguin, 2009, pp 419, Rs 699

The author turns to the ‘Mahabharata’ in order to answer the question, ‘why be good?’, and discovers that the epic’s world of moral haziness and uncertainty is closer to our experience. It addresses the central problem of how to live our lives in an examined way — holding a mirror up to us and forcing us to confront the many ways in which we deceive ourselves and others.

Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
Penguin, 2009, pp 270, Rs 399

SuperFreakonomics asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones. It challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: What’s more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk? Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it’s so ineffective? What’s the best way to catch a terrorist?