Reading List

Currently Reading

1) In Search of Memory by Eric Kandel
2) The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
3) Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

Articles I Re-read

I Love the University - Aaron Schwartz
The Awfulness of College Lectures - Aaron Schwartz
The Greatness of College Lectures - Aaron Schwartz
Media History Timeline - Major Inventions and Discoveries - J Mcpherson
John Green - Make Gifts for People - ZEN Pencils
C.S Lewis - To Love at all - ZEN Pencils
Playgrounds around the World
Design History of Childhood
Frighteningly Ambitious Start - Up Ideas. Paul Graham
On Entrepreneurial Skill Sets Sebastien Marshall
40 Alternatives to College - Slideshare. James Altucher
Peter's Laws: Creed of the Persistent and Passionate Mind - Peter Diamandis
Google's 8 Innovation Principles - Peter Diamandis
Singularity University - Companies that aim to help a billion people - Peter Diamandis
The World in 2025 - Peter Diamandis
The Cult of Sanga - Kumar Sangakkara's Cricketing Career
Why Education? - Leandro Pisaroni
This is what Self - Directed Learning Looks Like - Catherine Stevens
The Making of an Expert - HBR Article by K Anders Ericcson et al
Fast Company Article - on Sebastien Thurn, Online Learning and Udacity by Max Chafkin
College - Commodity or Community? - Aaron Schwartz
Getting it wrong - Aaron Schwartz
Getting it right - Towards a Theory of Graduated Achievement?- Aaron Schwartz
Lessons from Chilean Student's Movement for Education - Nishant Chhinkwani
Sea Level rise could last twice as long as human history - The Guardian
Rethinking College Admissions - Frank Bruni - New York Times
What Higher Education Should Be For - Barry Schwartz
John Naughton's - Top Ten Books about the Internet
How we Learn Best - Dominic Randolph
What is School? - Dominic Randolph
How Schools Should Change - Max Ventilla
Bright - What's New in Education - Medium
Never Let Schooling Get in the way of Education - Henry Jenkins
66 Medium and High Schools Worth Visiting - Getting Smart

Blogs I love

ASB Re.Studio Findings - Innovation in Education
 Paris Review -Writer Interviews
BrainPickings - Maria Popova
 Seth Godin
Zen Habits
Mars Dorian - Visual Story-telling
Chris Guillebeau  - Travel Hacker
Sebastien Marshall - Strategy and Historical Insights
Steve Blank - Entrepreneurship and Conservation
Derek Sivers  - Book Notes and Insights
Psychology Today Blogs
Open - Great Learning Content Online
Hugh Mcleod - Cartoons and Creativity
• Paul Graham's Essays - On Start-Ups
Edutopia - A blog on education
Cal Newport - Study Habits and Expert Performance
Austin Kleon - a writer who draws
• Peter Diamandis - Tech Blog
• New York Times - Education Blog - The Learning Network
• The Guardian - Education Blog- Guardian Education
• The New Yorker - Education Archive -Annals of Education

 Reading Lists and Resources

1) Uncollege Resources 
2) Josh Kaufman – Personal MBA Reading List
3) Derek Sivers Book Notes
4) TEDsters Recommend 200 Books - blog
5) Steve Blank - Books for Start-Ups
6) Harvard Book Store - Top 100 Books Reading List
7) Harvard College Admissions Reading List
8) Stanford Business School - Reading List
9) Joe Hanson - Reading List for Books on Science
10) Comparative Politics - Reading List - Yale University
11) E- books Online (600)  @ Open Culture

Brainpicking Articles 

1) Annie Dillard on Reclaiming our Capacity for Joy and Wonder 
2) Peter Mendel and What the World Eats
3) Ann Patchett on Writing and Self Forgiveness
4) Marina Abhramovic on Turning Trauma to Power
5) Delacroix on The Importance of Solitude for Creative Work
6) Virginia Woolf on How to Read
7) The Storm and the Whale - An Illustrated Children's Story
8) The Harvey Milk Story - Illustrated Book by Kari Krakow
9) Gabriel Garcia Marquez's - 24 Favorite Books
10) Writers on Keeping a Diary 
11) Commencement Speeches and Life Lessons
12) Playgrounds around the World
13) Design History of Childhood
14) William Styron on Education and Writing
15) The Creative Experience
16) How we got to Now - Steven Johnson

Paris Review - Art of Fiction Interviews

1) Salman Rushdie - Until you know who you are, you can't write

Books @ 14

1) 100 Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez on a magical village filled with intriguing characters
2) Sacred Games – Vikram Chandra on gangsters, policemen and life in Mumbai
3) The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupery on a little prince and a beautiful adventure
4) Born to Run – Christopher Mcdougall on a tribe that loves running
5) Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer description of an everest climb by an everest climber
6) The Story of Philosophy – Will Durant a perfect introduction to the world of philosophy
7) The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho a seeker's journey
8) Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin the best Political biography I have read
9) God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy characters and style that make you want to re-read the book
10) Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts Mumbai and a book that made me love the city more
11) Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson history of science from the start of time
12) In Search of Memory - Eric Kandel a memoir about neuroscience research by a neuroscientist
13) Mind's New Science - Howard Gardner first full scale history of the cognitive science revolution
14) The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise - K Anders Ericcson on expert performance studies

Books and Resource Websites on Learning and Education 

Emile – Jean Jacques Rousseau
The Underground History of American Education - John Taylor Gatto
Dumbing Us Down - John Taylor Gatto
How Children Fail – John Holt
Summerhill - A.S Neill
History of Education in Modern India - Suresh Chandra Ghose
Out of Our Minds - Learning to be Creative – Ken Robinson
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything – Ken Robinson
Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World - Dr Tony Wagner
The Global Achievement Gap: Why even our best schools don't teach what the children need, and what we can do about it  - Dr Tony Wagner
The Education of Millionaires: It’ Not What You Think and It is Not Too Late – Michael Eisenberg
Hacking Your Education: Ditch Your Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will – Dale Stephens
Grace Llewellyn The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education – Grace Llewellyn
Free to Learn: Why Unleashing The Instinct to Play Will Make our Children Happier, More Self Reliant and Better Students for Life – Dr. Peter Gray
Stop Stealing Dreams – Seth Godin (Manifesto)
Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Freire
A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a world of constant change - Douglas Adams and John Seely Brown
DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs and the coming transformation of Higher Education - Anya Kamenetz
Five Minds for the Future - Dr Howard Gardner
On Education - Bertrand Russel
• Program for International Student Assessment - PISA - Key Findings Documents - 2000-2012
• National Knowledge Commission -India - Reports and Recommendations
• ASER - Annual Status of Education Report - India - Surveys and Publication - 2005 - 2013
• Ministry of Human Resource and Development, India - Documents and Reports - 2004 - 2014
• National Achievment Survey - Class III - Report - MHRD, India
• National Policy on Education Report NCERT - Document - 1986
• National Curriculum Framework - Position Papers and Frameworks - NCERT - 1975 -2005
• District Information System of Education - Annual District and State Reports
• National Council for Teacher Education - NCFTE - Reports - 2010
• National Family Health Survey - NFHS - Reports - 1992 - 2014


Non Fiction

General Non - Fiction

Born to Run – Christopher Mcdougall on a Tribe that loves running
What I Talk about When I Talk about Running – Haruki Murakami a memoir about running
Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer the story of Christopher Mccandies
Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer the story of an Everest Climb by an Everest Climber
Bill Bryson Books. Loved A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Enquiry into Values by Robert m Pirsig on the road as a metaphor for life

History, Policy and Politics

 Plato's Republic
Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in our times - Caroll Quigley
Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Audacity of Hope – Barrack Obama
Curfewed Night - Basharat Peer
Pakistan: A Personal History – Imran Khan
India Grows at Night - A Liberal Case for a Strong State - Gurcharan Das


Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
Far from the tree – Andrew Soloman
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert P Cialdini
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success -  Carol Dweck
The Time Paradox – John Boyd and Philip Zimbardo
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikmentsayi
Stumbling on Happiness - Daniel Gilbert
How To Create a Mind - Secret of Human Thought Revealed - Ray Kurzweil
Love: What is Life All About by Leo Buscaglia
Wisdom of Compassion by Dalai Lama
The Professional: Defining The New Standard of Excellence at Work - Subroto Bagchi
Wisdom of Crowds - James Suroweicki

Travel Writing and Places

• A Time of Gifts - Patrick Le Ferme
• A Lost Continent - Bill Bryson


Physics of the Future – Michio Kaku
What Technology Wants – Kevin Kelly
The Singularity is Near - Ray Kurzweil


Cosmos - Carl Sagan
A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
In Search of Memory - Eric Kandel (History of Neuroscience and Memoir of a neuroscientist)

Ideas and Trends

A Whole New Mind – Why Right Brainers will rule the future – Daniel Pink
The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell
Quiet: Power of Introverts In a world that cannot stop talking – Susan Cain
Impact Equation – Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
Mastery – Robert Greene
The Wisdom of Crowds – James Suroweicki
The Thank You Economy - Gary Vaynerchuck

Biographies and Memoirs

Swami Vivekananda: The Living Vedanta – Chaturvedi Badrinath
Walden – Henry David Thoreau
Steve Jobs – By Walter Isaacson
Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson
Open – Andre Agassi
A Stolen Life – A Memoir – Jaycee Duggard
Total Recall – Arnold Schwarznegger
Life Without Limits - Nick Vujicic
Diary of Anne Frank
Bookless in Baghdad – Shashi Tharoor

Philosophy and Thinkers

The Story of Philosophy – Will Durant
Vedanta Treatise – Artha Parasarathy
Total Freedom – Jiddu Krishnamurthi
Wings of Fire – APJ Abdul Kalam
Philosophy: Who Needs It? - Ayn Rand

Mythology and Spirituality 

Tao Te Ching
 A Hero with a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers
Change your thought, Change your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao – Dr Wayne Dyer
Bhagavad Gita 
Jaya – An Illustrated Re-Telling of the Mahabharata - Devdutt Pattnaik
Gospel of Paramhansa Ramakrishna
Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
Difficulty of Being Good – Gurcharan Das
You Can Heal Your Life - Louise Hay

Sociology and Culture

• Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
The Culture Code – Clotaire Rapaille
• Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Productivity, Lifestyle Design and Habits

4 Hour Work Week: Escape Nine to Five, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich – Tim Ferris
Corporate Chanakya – Radhakrishnan Pillai
Maximum Achievement – Brian Tracy
The Power of Less – Leo Babuata
Awaken the Giant Within – Tony Robbins
Unlimited Power – Tony Robbins
The 80/20 Principle – Richard Koch
The Little Book of Talent – Daniel Coyle
Over The Top – Zig Ziglar
Search Inside Yourself – Chad Meng Te
Re Work - Jason Fried
The Power of Intention - Dr Wayne Dyer

Entrepreneurship and Business 

Delivering Happiness – A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose – Tony Hsieh
Start Something That Matters – Blake Mycoskie
Onward: How Starbucks Fought for its Life, Without Losing its Soul - Howard Schultz
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon with Brad Stone
The 100$ Startup: Re-Invent the Way you make a living, Do what you love and Create a New Future – Chris Guillebeau
How I braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company – Varun Agarwal
Business Stripped Bare – Richard Branson
Reality Check – Guy Kawasaki
Crush It: Why Now is the Time to Cash in on your Passion - Gary Vaynerchuck
Young Entrepreneur World - Sabirul Islam
Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions - Guy Kawasaki
The Lean Start Up - How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to create radically Successful Businesses - Eric Reis
Founders at Work - Stories of Start-Ups Early Days - Jessica Livingstone
High Performance Entrepreneur: Golden Rules for Success in Today's World - Subroto Bagchi
Go Kiss the World: Life Lessons for the Young Entrepreneur - Subroto Bagchi
Elephant Catchers: Key Lessons for Breakthrough Growth - Subroto Bagchi
Zen Garden: Conversation with Path Makers - Subroto Bagchi

Communication - Presentation and Writing

Made to Stick – Chip and Dan Heath
Presentation Zen – Garr Reynolds
The Definitive Book of Body Language – Allan and Barbara Pease
Stephen King on Writing
Confessions of a Public Speaker – Scott Berkun
Elements of Style – William Strunk Jr., E.B White, Roger Angell

Sales, Social Media, Marketing and Branding

Psychology of Selling – Brain Tracy
The Ultimate Sales Machine – Chet Holmes
Linchpin – Are You Indispensible? – Seth Godin
Purple Cow – Seth Godin
All Marketers are Liars - Seth Godin
Ogilvy on Advertising - David Ogilvy


Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World - Gary Vaynerchuck
You, Inc – The Art of Selling Yourself – Harry Beckwith
The Start Up of You - Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It is Grown. Here is How - Daniel Coyle

Creativity and Innovation

Lateral Thinking by Edward De Bono
The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative - Austin Klien
Ignore Everybody and 30 Other Keys to Creativity - Hugh Mcleod


Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Alfred Lansing
Bhagavad Gita – As It Is
Tribes – Seth Godin
The Leader with No Title – Robin Sharma
On Becoming a Leader - Warren Bennis


The Wisdom of Crowds – James Suroweicki
Wikinomics – Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams
Crowdsourcing – Jeff Howe

Economics, Management and Finance

 Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith
Capital in the Twenty First Century - Thomas Piketty
Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered - EF Schumacher
 Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and other Don’t – Jim Collins
 Great By Choice - Jim Collins
Re-Imagine: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age – Tom Peters
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World - Niall Ferguson

Customer Service

Delivering Happiness – A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose – Tony Hsieh
Up Your Service 3 Book Series by Ron Kaufman 



Sacred Games – Vikram Chandra
100 Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint Exupery
The Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpha Lahiri
Arzee the Dwarf – Chandrahans Choudhary
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Animal Farm - George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai


The Essential Rumi: New Expanded Edition by Jalal al Din Rumi, Coleman Barks and John Moyne
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
Sunshine Lanes - Prasoon Joshi
Quiver: Poems and Ghazals by Javed Akhtar


The Caravan
• Wired
• The Hindu
• The Indian Express

Would love to know what you are reading? Do comment with any recommendations. We can become book buddies and recommend good reads to each other.


  1. Love your oh-so-thoughtful list. So happy to find our website and recommend it to others, too.

  2. I found some useful books to read sharing with others so they may also learn..

  3. dear Tamara,

    I am glad you this list was useful to you. will be updating it regularly now. look forward to reading some of your work.

  4. hey ramkesh,

    Good to hear from you ramkesh. That would be wonderful, I would be grateful if you could share this page and the Video List page with some of the students of Shana School. It will be really useful for them. thank you again.

    1. Yes I will, I found one more book which you can include on Education section "The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined " by Salman

  5. Hi, Just checking if you have read 'Rich Dad Poor Dad'? An important book for students and parents.

    1. I did read Kiyosaki's book. I find his writing about financial education very interesting and insightful and would recommend it. Are there any Kiyosaki books you would recommend in particular?

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