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10 books actor Manoj Bajpayee loves and wants you to read

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Last Updated: February 13, 2014, 10:16 IST

10 books actor Manoj Bajpayee loves and wants you to read

Ever wondered what books movie stars read and who their favourite authors are?

Ever wondered what books movie stars read and who their favourite authors are? We asked actor Manoj Bajpaye, a veteran of critically acclaimed films such as 'Satya', 'Pinjar' and 'Gangs of Wasseypur', what his favourite books were. Among Manoj's list were 'Waiting for Godot' and 'Midnight's Children'. Let's share the reading experience. Here are 10 books Manoj loves that you should read. (Book descriptions: Wikipedia).


‘Apna Morcha’ is written by Kashinath Singh, a winner of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award for Hindi literature.

‘Circle of reason’ is a saga of flight and pursuit, and chronicles the adventures of Alu, a young master weaver who is wrongly suspected of being a terrorist. Chased from Bengal to Bombay and on through the Persian Gulf to North Africa by a bird-watching police inspector, Alu encounters along the way a cast of characters as various and as colorful as the epithets with which the author adorns them.

Ghalib Danger is a 2013 novel by Author Neeraj Pandey best known for Writing and Directing the critically acclaimed movies A Wednesday and Special 26.

Godaan - The Gift of a Cow is a Hindi novel by Munshi Premchand. It was first published in 1936 and is considered one of the greatest Hindi novels of modern Indian literature.

Lust for Life (1934) is a biographical novel written by Irving Stone based on the life of the famous Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, and his hardships. It was adapted into a film of the same name starring Kirk Douglas, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one.

Midnight’s Children is a 1980 book by Salman Rushdie that deals with India’s transition from British colonialism to independence and the partition of British India. It is considered an example of postcolonial literature and magical realism. The story is told by its chief protagonist, Saleem Sinai, and is set in the context of actual historical events as with historical fiction.

Rashmirathi, meaning ‘one who is riding the chariot of light’, also refers to the Sun. It is one of the most popular epic poems of the great Hindi poet, Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’. It is one of the most appreciated works of Dinkar other than “Kurukshetra".

Roots: The Saga of an American Family is a novel written by Alex Haley and first published in 1976. It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States, and follows his life and the lives of his alleged descendants in the US down to Haley.

Tirichh (1990) is a short story collection written by Uday Prakash, a Hindi poet, scholar and journalist. He is also a translator and short story writer.

Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. Godot’s absence, as well as numerous other aspects of the play, have led to many different interpretations since the play’s 1953 premiere. Some categorize this as an absurdist play.

first published:February 13, 2014, 10:16 IST
last updated:February 13, 2014, 10:16 IST
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