Are You A Book Lover – This Is For You!! Our List Of Top 10 Books To Read Before You Die

Indian Culture By Uma Nagar | 5 min read

Top 10 Books to read before you die

Do you know that 98% of people die without fulfilling their dreams, as per Wealth Research Group? Everyone makes excuses and gives up on their dreams and sometimes situations become obstacles to their dreams. But again, some people are dreamers and they never leave their dreams behind. Book lovers are kind dreamers who aim to achieve an impossible dream without giving up.

And here is the proof: we Indians top the rank when it comes to the reading stratosphere. According to the data, an Indian spent 10 hours a week reading books. Well, as much as Indians love to read, some Indian authors also love to write.

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Indian Books to Read Before You Die!

We book lovers always dream of reading every book present in this world. Somehow, in this limited time of life, we have unlimited books to read. As book lovers, we try our best to take some time to read our books. Be it fiction, non-fiction, or any genre! We don’t want to miss out on any genre.

So, for you, my book lovers, we have shortlisted the top 10 books to read before you die.

Must-read books of all time for book lovers

1. Three Thousand Stitches by Sudha Murthy

Three Thousand Stitches is No. 1 in the must-read book of all time. This book is a collection of 11 short stories, and each story holds a valuable life lesson. In this book, Sudha Murthy has written about the life-changing events that Sudha Murthy experienced when she approached the Devadasis, sex workers of Karnataka, to change their lives.

This book tells how Sudha Murthy and the Infosys Foundation work hard to empower devadasis, educate their children, and remove the label’s societal stigma. There are no temple prostitutes left in the state of Karnataka today.

So, book lovers grab your copies of this book to understand how to not give up on our unconventional journey and persevere through the discomforting moments of pain and difficulties.

2. Life is What You Make It by Preeti Shenoy

“Life Is What You Make It” is no. 2 in the top 10 list of books to read before you die. This book is for those who are in the painful stage of their life or going through some mental health problem. This book narrates the heartwarming story of Ankita who had the perfect life took a complete U-turn and ended up in the mental health hospital. This book beautifully depicts Ankita’s fight-back determination with her dropping mental health.

Life is what you make it by Preeti Shenoy
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This book is the must-read of all time because the story of Ankit will leave your heart filled with love and hope for those times when life feels hard for you. As we are all book lovers, we must add this book to our TBR for going through the difficult times of life.

3. Draupadi: India’s First Daughter by Vamshi Krishna

Draupadi, India’s First Daughter, is No. 3 in one of the best books to read of all time. This book is a complete insight into one of the greatest mythological women, Draupadi. For all women who are book lovers, this book should be on your TBR list of books to read before you die.

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This book is a beautiful and heart-wrenching portrayal of every single incident that happened in the life of Draupadi. Exploring her journey as a daughter, sister and wife, this book is written from the perspective of a man. Just think of a man describing the struggles of one of the bravest women of mythology. Well, this reason is enough to make us curious about this book.

4. Malgudi Days by RK Narayan

Malgudi Days by RK Narayan is No. 4 in our top 10 books to read before you die. This book makes a perfect gift for kids. Reading this book is a time machine for all those book lovers who have become too serious in their lives and lost their childishness. Malgudi Days is a collection of stories about the lives of many people who live in the imaginary city of Malgudi. This book shares the ordinary human life experiences through the eyes of a school-going kid, Swami who with time understands the importance of identity and political awareness.

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From the minor actions of doing homework, going to school and playing with friends to understanding the discriminatory thoughts of his best friend Rajan. For all the mothers who want their kids to become book lovers, this book is a must-read.

5. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is No. 5 in our list of the best book of all time. A big life is the accumulation of all the small things, which is the perfect way to describe this book. This book depicts the story of two fraternal twins, Rahel and Estha, in India, who lost their childhood innocence and jolliness because of their past life tragedies. The lives of twins were destroyed by the “love laws” that were prevalent in 1960s Kerala.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
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One should read this book to understand how small things affect our lives. Sometimes, these small things become a beacon of hope for us. So, book lovers, add this book to your TBR of the best books of all time.

6. Do Epic Shit by Ankur Warikoo

Do Epic Shit by Ankur Warikoo is No. 6 on the list of must-read books. If life is making you feel confused and stuck, then this book is for you. Even as book lover, we have a working life to maintain. This book helps you with productivity and gives you the essential knowledge you need to understand to set up a business mindset.

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if you are someone who procrastinates all the time, then this book will help you push your limits to complete your tasks on time. To become successful in your life, this book is a must-read.

7. Dear Stranger, I Know How You Feel by Ashish Bagrecha

Dear Stranger, I Know How You Feel is No. 7 on the list of books to read before you die. This book is a collection of 30 letters for those who have been going through difficult times. It is clear from the title that the author understands the suffering of life, and with his letters, he doesn’t want others to feel lonely and scared. Reading this book will feel like support for you, and these letters will feel like someone is saying words of hope and affirmation to you.

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8. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda is the No. 8 most-read book of all time. This book is a classic of 20th-century spiritual literature. If you are someone who is into spirituality and is curious to unveil the curtain of another world and the spirits that are around you, then this book is a must-read. This book enlightens you with the spiritual knowledge of your true self and the immortality of the soul. This book was also highly recommended by Steve Jobs.

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9. Pinjar by Amrita Pritam

Pinjar by Amrita Pritam is No.9 on the list of books to read before you die. This book is the tale of Paro, a Hindu girl who was abducted by a Muslim man during the time of partition. We all, as book lovers, are well aware of Amrita Pritam and her literary stardom. Pinjar is the book of partition, which showcases the adversity and heartbreaking condition of women during the time of partition. However, through the character development of Paro, from a weak to a brave woman who later on helps other women and sets them free from the cruel treatment of women during the time of partition, This book is the epitome of women’s strength and courage.

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10. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie is No. 10 on the list of best books of all time. This book is one of the best books of post-colonial literature that tells about partition history in a magical way. This story is about a child named Saleem Sinai, who was born at the moment of India’s independence and possesses some strange and magical powers. As the story progresses, he connects with other children with magical powers.

However, this novel also highlights the effects of partition on these children, as they were hunted down and their lives were in danger.

So, attention book lovers, grab copies of these ten books and make sure to read them once in life before you die. These books will surely leave you in awe and will enlighten your heart with all the knowledge you have about life.

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The story of my lifeHelen Keller
To Kill a Mocking birdHarper Lee

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the best Indian authors one must read?

The best Indian authors whose books one must read are Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth and Khushwant Singh

What are some thriller and Psychological books written by Indian authors?

  1. The Blue Mumbai Series by Damayanti Biswas
  2. A Will to Kill by R.V Raman
  3. The Sane Psychopath by Salil Desai

What are some famous books every teenager should read?

  1. Midnight Years by Jane De Suza and Sangita Unni
  2. Putnam House by Hephzibah Jasudasan
  3. Saira Zariwala is Afraid by Shabnam Minwalla

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