Paulo Coelho. Richard Bach. Khalil Gibran (I’m fairly sure he used to spell it “Kahlil” on his book covers). Ayn Rand. So utterly predictable in their selection of titles-that-I-think-are-deep.
Too too rich for words. Sanjay Suri cites “The Alchemist” and “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” among his favourites (I too loved “Jonathan”. At least for a few years after I first read it. At age 7) then says he’s “not into fiction”. His staple is the Gita. Ektaa Kkkkapoor, pay attention.
Amisha Patel has such “a passion for books” that she reads “even between shots” (when, presumably, she could be drag-racing or para-sailing instead. Or painting her nails) “The Prophet is a book that I relate to in every stage of my life.” She “like(s) to read philosophy”, so now she’s “reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez”. Does she read up on the physical sciences from The Alchemist? This is the woman who reportedly claims to be a "gold medallist" in Economics from Tufts and also a Biogenetic Engineer graduate. Oh well. After all, she "also believes that her family are the biggest strength for her".
Nethra Raghuraman hits her stride with “The Fountainhead”. Such erudition. Esoteric, even. She also feels “Arundhati Roy and Jhumpa Lahiri are exceptionally talented”. Soon to join this select list (one surmises) are Siddharth Dhanwant Shanghvi and Raj Kamal Jha (why the hell do I feel superior, the latter is reportedly ensconced on a Caribbean island writing a novel for which he got a 3 crore advance, no matter that The Blue Bedspread was the sheerest bilge)
Parvin Dabas bats far more steadily, citing Vikram Seth and Umberto Eco, but throws it away with a Sehwag-like slash outside off-stump - "It's hard for me to imagine how some people can write so beautifully... books are a work of art(sic)," says Dabas who loves to read a particular passage from Vikram Seth's The Golden Gate.
Shweta Kawatra gets my vote because her “favourite book is Tell me your dreams by Sidney Sheldon”. At least she’s not pretentious.
I wonder what Rahul Bose would mention if asked …