Books were the early influence on my life and they continued to influence me. So here is an incomplete list.
From distant past: Fiction: Papillon by Henri Charrière, In Praise of Idleness, by Bertrand Russell (ok, it’s an article), Hundred Years of Solitude ( by Gabriel García Márquez, Rosy Crucifixion, a trilogy consisting of Sexus, Plexus, and Nexus, by Henry Miller, Matruka and Savitri (Marathi), by P S Rege, The Space within the Heart by Aubrey Menen
In non-fiction The Goal by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt (it’s in novel format), The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder, Serious Creativity by Edward De Bono.
In more recent times,
Fiction: Immortality : by Kundera, Milan Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Zorba the Greek: by Kazantzakis, Nikos
Non-fiction: Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger, Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? By Louis V. Gerstner, Antifragile: by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running: by Dreyer, Danny , Lead to Regenerate Karandikar, Hemant (that’s me. ha ha)
Fiction & Non-fiction: Women Who Run with the Wolves: by Clarissa Pinkola Phd Estés (who wouldn’t love the story the Celtic woman’s love?)
A clarification: writing the Lead to Regenerate changed my life that’s why it is there. Never mind what happened to its readers 🙂