Royal Reading Club

Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam

The Missile Man of India, Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931. He was a scientist by profession who was later known as the 11th President of India. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam played a vital role in India's Pokran-II nuclear tests in 1998 and he was involved in India's space programmes and military missile development efforts. The late former President took an interest in well-being of the country in the field of science and technology, during his tenure of his Presidency and Post-Presidency. Dr. A. P J. Abdul Kalam was fond of writing songs and poetry and he wrote a lot of books in his career.

Wings of Fire

Wings of Fire-An Autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam (1999), former President of India. It was written by Dr. Kalam and Arun Tiwari. Kalam examines his early life, effort, hardship, fortitude, luck and chance that eventually led him to lead Indian space research, nuclear, and missile programs.

Norman Vincent Peale

Born on May 31, 1898, in Bowersville, Ohio, Norman Vincent Peale went on to serve as a Methodist clergyman who would later join the Dutch Reformed Church. He gathered a large following with his preaching style, sharing radio and TV sermons and editing the popular periodical Guideposts, which went on to spawn an entire philanthropic organization. His book The Power of Positive Thinking became a huge best-seller.

The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale-An international bestseller with over five million copies in print, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their lives through Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s powerful message of faith and inspiration.

Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga ,born on 23 October 1974,is an Indo-Australian writer and journalist. Adiga began his journalistic career as a financial journalist, interning at the Financial Times. With pieces published in the Financial Times and Money, he covered the stock market and investment, interviewing, amongst others, Donald Trump. His review of previous Booker Prize winner Peter Carey's book, Oscar and Lucinda, appeared in The Second Circle, an online literary review.

He was subsequently hired by TIME, where he remained a South Asia correspondent for three years before going freelance.During this freelance period, he wrote The White Tiger. Aravind Adiga's debut novel, The White Tiger, won the 2008 Booker Prize.

The White Tiger

The White Tiger by Indian author Aravind Adiga. It was first published in 2008 and won the 40th Man Booker Prize in the same year. The novel provides a darkly humorous perspective of India’s class struggle in a globalized world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni born on July 29, 1956 is an Indian-American author, poet, and the Professor of Writing at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. Her short story collection, Arranged Marriage won an American Book Award in 1995, and two of her novels (The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart) as well as a short story The Word Love were adapted into films. Mistress of Spices was short-listed for the Orange Prize. Currently, Sister of My Heart, Oleander Girl, Palace of Illusions, and One Amazing Thing have all been optioned to be made into movies or TV serials.

The Palace of Illusions

The Palace of Illusions is a 2008 novel by award-winning novelist and poet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. The novel is a rendition of the Hindu epic Mahabharata as told from Draupadi's (Panchaali's) viewpoint, namely, that of a woman living in a patriarchal world.

Jumpa Lahiri

Nilanjana Sudeshna "Jhumpa" Lahiri ,born on July 11, 1967 is an Indian American author. Lahiri's debut short story collection Interpreter of Maladies (1999) won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake (2003), was adapted into the popular film of the same name. She was born Nilanjana Sudeshna but goes by her nickname (or in Bengali, her "Daak naam") Jhumpa. Lahiri is a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama.Her book The Lowland, published in 2013, was a nominee for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction. Lahiri is currently a professor of creative writing at Princeton University.

The interpreter of Maladies

The interpreter of Maladies by Jumpa Lahiri is a book collection of nine short stories by Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri published in 1999. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in the year 2000 and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. It was also chosen as The New Yorker's Best Debut of the Year and is on Oprah Winfrey's Top Ten Book List. The stories are about the lives of Indians and Indian Americans who are caught between their roots and the "New World."

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho, born on August 24, 1947 is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. His novel The Alchemist has been translated into 80 languages.Coelho has sold over 200 million copies worldwide and is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author. Since the publication of The Alchemist, Coelho has generally written one novel every two years including By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, The Fifth Mountain, Veronika Decides to Die, The Devil and Miss Prym, Eleven Minutes, Like the Flowing River, Brida, The Valkyries, The Winner Stands Alone, The Zahir, The Witch of Portobello, Aleph (novel), Manuscript Found in Accra and Adultery.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist follows a young shepherd in his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there. Originally written in Portuguese, it has been translated into at least 67 languages as of October 2009.

Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan born on 5 December 1973 is an alumnus of Government Engineering College, Trichur in Kerala. He has been working with Indian Oil Corporation since 2000. He draws cartoons for Malayalam magazines.

His debut novel Asura: Tale of the Vanquished was published on 14 May 2012. The book became a surprise bestseller, breaking into the top seller charts within a week of its launch.His second book was based on Mahabharata and was part of a two book series. Ajaya: Roll of the Dice was released in December 2014 and the sequel Ajaya: Rise of Kaliwas released in July 2015.

Asura-The tale of the Vanquished

Asura -Tale of the vanquished by Anand Nellakantan ,The Story of Ravana and his People’ is a narrative, which depicts The Ramayana focusing on the Ravana and Bhadra’s characters.

Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy born on May 20, 1898 was an Irish born, naturalised American author and New Thoughtminister, ordained in Divine Science and Religious Science.

Dr. Murphy wrote, taught, counseled, and lectured to thousands all over the world for nearly fifty years. Years of research studying the world’s major religions convinced him that some great Power lay behind them all: The Power is within you!

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy, a book about the beliefs and notions that case an influence on our subconscious minds. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind has opened millions of readers to the unseen force within them.

V.S Naipual

V.S Naipual, born on 17 August 1932. He was educated at Queen's Royal College, Trinidad and after winning a government scholarship in England at University College, Oxford, he worked briefly for the BBC as a writer and editor for the 'Caribbean Voices' programme. In 2001, almost 50 years later, Vidiadhar Surajprasad V. S. Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.

A house for Mr. Biswas

A house for Mr. Biswas by V.S Naipual is the story of Mohun Biswas, an Indo-Trinidadian who continually strives for success and mostly fails, who marries into the Tulsi family only to find himself dominated by it, and who finally sets the goal of owning his own house.

Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh, born on 2 February 1915 was an Indian novelist, lawyer, journalist and politician. He was appointed journalist in the All India Radio in 1951, and then moved to the Department of Mass Communications of UNESCO at Paris in 1956.These last two careers encouraged him to pursue a literary career. As a writer, he was best known for his trenchant secularism, humour, sarcasm and an abiding love of poetry.

Train To Pakistan

Train To Pakistan is a historical novel by Khushwant Singh, published in 1956. It recounts the Partition of India in August 1947. Instead of depicting the Partition in terms of only the political events surrounding it, Singh digs into a deep local focus, providing a human dimension which brings to the event a sense of reality, horror, and believability

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