We know you don’t need an excuse to buy a book. But almost every book at 50% off? That’s definitely an offer you can’t refuse. And there are a lot of books to choose from, so we’ve gone a step further to make it way easier for you — here’s a list of 10 must-buy books that you just have to get your hands on this Big Billion Days Sale. Happy reading!
1. Immortal India by Amish
The bestselling author of the Shiva Trilogy is back, and this time with his first non-fiction book. In Immortal India, the author seamlessly marries the past with the future and, going back to Indian mythology, brings up a perplexing question — could we look back to our rich history, culture and ancestors to solve the problems that hound India today? Read it for not only a fascinating glimpse into the historical texts, but also a reflection of just where we are today.
2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I and II by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
You know how you connected with young Harry Potter (well, even if he was a wizard) when you were just a kid? Relive those memories all over again with this latest book. Harry’s now all grown up with three kids. The Cursed Child’s main focus is one of the kids, Albus, whose time in Hogwarts is much like Harry’s. A must-buy for all Potterheads out there!
3. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Written in the first person, The Sellout by Paul Beatty is a fast-paced satire on the complexities of race. Beatty’s popular book serves as a strong commentary that dissects the nuances of the problem of racism. It won a well-deserved Booker Prize last year, but will be relevant for years to come, making it one of our top picks in this year’s list of 10 must-read books.
4. The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
The novel starts with a bomb blast in Delhi and weaves its way through the ripples felt in the lives of not just the survivors, but the families of the dead and the attackers themselves. Tense, riveting and endearing at the same time, the book successfully captures how a terror attack, that earns the airwaves for a few days, can change a hundred simple lives forever. Karan Mahajan’s second book was nominated in 2016 for the National Book Award. Get this for one of the smartest narratives in recent times.
5. Illustrated Malgudi School days by R K Narayan
Oh, those good old Malgudi Days! Relive them in this illustrated version and keep your memories intact or gift this hardcover to your kids so they can experience it too. Get it now!
6. A Southern Music by T M Krishna
We all need some music in our lives. If the Carnatic school is the genre you enjoy or you’ve attended a recital or two during the music season, grab this book. T M Krishna is an accomplished vocalist and his deep research into the rich history is insight that’s hard to come by.
7. Incarnations: India in 50 lives by Sunil Khilnani
India is, and always has been, about its people. So what better way to write a biography of this great country than through the lives of 50 people? Sunil Khilnani’s unique take gives a land that’s been inhabited for centuries, a human face and emotions it rightly deserves. He’s also the bestselling author of The Idea of India.
8. Bitter Fruit – The Very Best of Saadat Hasan Manto
Written by the king of short stories in Urdu and translated by Khalid Hasan, Bitter Fruit is a collection of the master writer’s stories, essays and even letters. Read this to experience Manto at his best, or to relive your favorite stories. Read Manto to experience life.
9. Khullam Khulla by Rishi Kapoor
The name says it all. Hear it from the horse’s mouth, all of the stories that the paparazzo could only speculate on. Bollywood inside scoop, controversial confessions and a glimpse into the life of one of the most outspoken men in the industry, this book’s easy yet exciting.
10. Maus by Art Spiegelman
This graphic novel by American cartoonist Art Spiegelman depicts his parents’ lives under the Nazi regime. A gritty and tragic tale captured poignantly by Spiegelman, Maus is often referred to as “the greatest graphic novel ever written.” This legendary novel is an important piece of history and excruciatingly personal in equal measure.
These are 10 must-buy books to add to your bookshelf this Big Billion Days sale. If your library is already well stocked, gift them to your loved ones! Happy reading!
Additional input by Sophia Stephen