Friday, June 22, 2007

Bestselling List - What is Delhi Reading

[Weekly list, from June 25 to July 2, compiled by Khan Market's Bahri Bookshop; some of the comments might be in response to older lists; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Dalrymple falls, Hillary Clinton rises and Khaled Hosseini rules.

NON-FICTION

1. India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy
Ramachandra Guha; Rs.695.00

2. India’s External Intelligence: Secrets of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)
Maj Gen VK Singh; Rs. 495

3. The Secret
Rhonda Byrne; Rs.495.00

4. A Woman In Charge
Carl Bernstein; Rs.895.00

5. The Clash Within – Democracy, Religious Violence and India’s Future
Martha C. Nussbaum; Rs.595.00

6. Confessions of a Swadeshi Reformer – My Years as Finance Minister
Yashwant Sinha; Rs.450.00

7. Military Inc. – Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy
Ayesha Siddiqa; £ 19.99

8. Indian Summer : The Secret History of the End of an Empire
Alex Von Tunzelmann; $ 25

9. Einstein – His Life and Universe
Walter Isaacson;$ 21.25

10. The Last Mughal : The fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857
William Dalrymple;Rs. 395

FICTION

1. A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini; £ 5.99

2. The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini; £3.50

3. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Mohsin Hamid; Rs.295

4. The Witch of Portobello
Paulo Coelho; Rs.295

5. Shantaram
Gregory David Roberts; £ 5.50

6. Simple Genius
David Baldacci; £ 5.99

7. Half of a Yellow Sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Rs.250

8. Stalin's Ghost
Martin Cruz Smith; £ 5.99

9. The Quickie
James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge; £ 6.00

10. By Which We See All Colours
Mrinalini Patwardhan Mehra; Rs.295.00

5 comments:

Thomas Kappler said...

Wow, a book by a German author about two German scientist in a Delhi bestseller list (Kehlmann). I had never heard of the book until I recognized the author name sounding German.

However, the commenters on German Amazon are not so happy with the book. How come that this book got known in India, I wonder?

Anonymous said...

Honestly, that comment ought to have gone "Can they read in India nowadays?"

Ajit said...

Colour me curious: why did you post a photograph of Fact & Fiction's A. V. Singh to accompany a list compiled by Bahri Sons? :-)

Mayank Austen Soofi said...

Ajit, I’m trying to publicize two good bookshops!

Atish said...

any comments on Hosseini's second novel... loved the first one :)