Books I Recommend

There are thousands of book lists out there, but here you will find some niche book lists of genres that I particularly enjoy. Check back soon for more!

South Asian (American) Literature and related

I can’t explain what exactly this list is, but each of these novels seem to capture some essential quality of living in a particular place or time that I have some familiarity with. These books live linked in my mind for some reason. I hope you enjoy, and if you have any recommendations to add, please reach out.

  1. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

This novel made me understand why representation matters. Even though the novel revolves around Ashima Ganguli (Gogol’s mothers) journey from India to America, I couldn’t help but see myself in Gogol and the number of parallels between us. The movie is also wonderfully done, with a stellar cast. Jhumpa Lahiri is also a wonderful person in real life; I had the opportunity to take a creative writing seminar with her at Princeton.

  1. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

  2. The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

  3. A Thousands Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

  4. East, West by Salman Rushdie

  5. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

  6. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

  7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

My Book List

  1. The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin

  2. Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee

  3. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

  4. Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

  5. The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

  6. Iago by David Snodin

  7. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

  8. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

  9. They Called Us Exceptional by Prachi Gupta

Book Reviews:

Books I've Read So Far – January 2024

a running tally– check back for my thoughts

Books I Read in 2021

Review of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

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Notes from Rich Dad Poor Dad

in which I learned that being rich isn’t about the money

Notes from Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Less, but better.

Tejas Gupta

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Tejas Gupta is a Princeton University student in the Department of Computer Science.