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Books: Bestsellers
What is Selling?
Vol: 1 Num: 2    Spring 2006

Non scientifically developed best seller list of authors of South Asian origin. The following list is compiled based upon’s sales rank over a 4 day period during the last week in February and first week of March 2006.


  1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Story of the son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and the son of a servant.
  2. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. Set in mid-80s on the cusp of Nepalese movement for an independent state
  3. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. How people suffer dislocation and disruption due to India’s history.
  4. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. In mid-1970s four varied individuals come together in one small flat.
  5. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. The story of young twins Rahel and Estha and the rest of their family.
  6. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. The Ganguli family goes from tradition-bound life to transformation in America.
  7. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. Good against Evil in a whimsical and fantastic tale.
  8. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. A family saga set against the volatile events of the thirty years
  9. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. Story of intimacy, and irreconcilable class divide, between two women.
  10. Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie. Tale of two Kashmiri villagers caught up in communal violence.
  11. Brick Lane by Monica Ali. Life of a Bangladeshi girl so sickly at birth that the midwife at first declares her stillborn.
  12. Sister of My Heart by Chitra Divakaruni. Tale of two cousins born on the same day by a mysterious occurrence.
  13. Two Lives by Vikram Seth. A combination of biography and memoir of Seth and his uncle and aunt, Shanti and Henny.
  14. A House for Mr. Biswas by VS Naipaul. Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve independence.
  15. Desirable Daughters by Bharati Mukherjee. The story of three sisters of whose lives have diverged over the years.


  1. Execution: Getting Things Done by Bossidy, Charan, Burck. Difference between companies is execution.
  2. Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga by BKS. Iyengar, Yehudi Menuhin. Philosophy and practice of Yoga.
  3. America’s Constitution: A Biography by Akhil Amar. How the framers of the Constitution drew on English models.
  4. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. Seven simple principles for personal life evoke success.
  5. The Big Book of Customer Service Training Games by Peggy Carlaw, Vasudha Deming. Customer rep training.
  6. Are You Ready to Succeed? by Srikumar S. Rao. Buddhism-inspired self-help book to find inner peace.
  7. The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen. Essays from Nobel Prize winner offer an examination of India’s history.
  8. India Unbound by Gurcharan Das. How India’s policies after 1947 condemned the nation to a hobbled economy.
  9. Yoga: The Iyengar Way by Silva Mehta, Mira Mehta, Shyam Mehta. An attractive, coffee table type yoga book.
  10. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri S. Satchidananda. A manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga.
  11. What CEO Wants You to Know by Ram Charan. Analogy of how the CEO and the street vendor make decision
  12. Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante H. Gunaratana. Fundamentals of basic Buddhist meditation
  13. I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta by Nisargadatta Maharaj. Dialogues with followers seeking guidance.
  14. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. A step-by-step approach to living with greater courage and joy.
  15. Lonely Planet India by Sarina Singh. Discover the sensory overload that is India.


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