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8 books that should be on every reading list in 2021

Poetry, short stories, science fiction and humour — here are the best books to read in 2021.

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‘The Roaring Lambs: A Fable About Finding the Leader in You’ by Sreedhar Bevara

Published by HarperCollins India, Sreedhar Bevara’s second book is an exceptional tale of leadership. It throws light on how true leaders rise from nowhere and produce extraordinary results when challenged by circumstances.

It is set in the Mau Forest of east Africa, and tells a tale of a herd of lambs that stops the carnage by lion king Kaizaar. It is a real dive into the principle of ‘born leaders vs made leaders’. By the time you finish reading it, you’ll be surprised that this story applies to all settings in life.

It has received praise from The Times of India, Outlook India, Mark Victor Hansen and Deepak Chopra, MD.

Bevara is an alum of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, a senior corporate executive and author of leadership bestseller Moment of Signal. He is a contributor to Forbes, leadership expert and motivational speaker at elite organisations including IIMs, IITs and American universities. He has been well-covered in the media for his leadership contributions.

‘Woke seed – One race, One culture, One God’ by Ka’Ron Gaines

Woke Seed is a must-read book by a proud father, author, activist, founder of programmes like ‘Grades Money school tour’, actor, recording artist and creator of businesses, Ka’Ron Gaines.

It is the story of a boy named Light, who finds himself on an unplanned trip to his uncle’s house that leads to new friends, new fun and new ideas. A young reader can enjoy the colourful pages, an exciting adventure and the start of enlightened conversations.  

‘Little Me in Everyone’ by Eddyee Siingh

If you want to learn and grow in life, start exploring the world inside you and believe the omnipresent “genius”.

Every human is born with a “genius”, a guardian spirit. Our whole life is inside our mind, which is a prism refracting the light of everything around and within us. Caged in this mind is the ‘Little Me’ helping us, talking to us, questioning us and nurturing us. Even when no one believes in us, the ‘Little Me’ does.

Eddyee Siingh is an ardent and zealous entrepreneur, an excellent mind coach, motivational speaker, NLP practitioner, an eminent hypnotherapist, an avid racer and a lucrative contributor to the Indian Motorsports industry.

‘The Last War and Other Stories’ by Sambit Daspatnaik

This debut book by award-winning author Sambit Daspatnaik has received a lot of appreciation from readers for its unique mix of mythological and science fiction genre, and other science fiction stories.

The main story ‘The Last War’ revolves around mythology with a scientific touch where the author takes the readers back to 2080 BCE in Bharata where the descendants of the Pandavas face a mammoth invasion.

The book has other short science fiction stories that cover different genres of sci-fi. They feature many themes including exploring spirituality in the future as an alternative to the failing medical research against a pandemic in an alien planet and an extraterrestrial object with unlimited energy.

It featured in the top contemporary Indian authors that everyone should read in 2021 list.

‘It’s Punny Oops, I Mean Funny!’ by Namita Das

It is a collection of interwoven distinctive husband-wife banter and sarcasm, which is relatable and funny.

The assortment of short stories is so relevant that one can easily form the imagery in front of their eyes.

This book deserves attention for the comic elements in it, which revolve around a married couple. The stories are laced with love and brilliant articulation, which doesn’t fail to strike a chord with the reader. It’s a light-hearted read and promises to tickle readers’ funny bones.

The author, Namita Das, is a software engineer, who loves writing humorous stories.

‘Memorable Memoir’ by Mrityunjay

“Those inert moments brought us close like before, for the first time, I confessed my feelings to the queen of allure.”

“For her, I was just a friend, I thought that someday destiny will bend. But I was unaware of the fact that ‘friend-zone is on the trend’.”

The above verses are from a narrative poem book, ‘Memorable Memoir’. Mrityunjay has shaped the whole story into poetry, which made this book stand out at the number one position in the poem category at Cherry Book Awards.

From readers to critics, this book entertained all. Mrityunjay says that he was cheered up when his readers came and said that they were lost in sweet and bitter memories of college days while reading the book. Mrityunjay is also planning to start working on his next project.

‘Strangers with Known Faces’ by Gautam Dutta

What do you do when you discover that you have been living a lie? The people that you thought are your own are your adversaries. And do you even know who the enemy is?

That is the dilemma facing the protagonists of ‘Strangers With Known Faces’ when they get embroiled in the murder investigation of a friend they had last met two decades back.

It is a thriller about four estranged friends who reunite when their aforementioned friend gets killed. The problem: Anyone of them can potentially be the killer.

Set in the near future, with a defence scandal in the background, the book explores a time when the political, social, and technological context is different from our own. The story also has an important message that some readers may get. For others, there are enough thrills to keep you occupied.

‘Safarnama’ by Janhavi Bhat

Safarnama is a collection of 69 poems and shayaris presented in a creative form.

Janhavi Bhat, from Nashik, has kept the poems untitled and let the verses do the talking. A small book filled with deep wisdom about life, love, and other nuances, Safarnama is a breath of fresh air that creates an unforgettable aura for the reader. It is a must-read for those who want to enjoy a different perspective of mundane life.

Bhat published her first English poetry collection Alluring Shadows in 2018, followed by her debut novella Ashes of Desires, while Safarnama was released in 2019.

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